Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ to hold open casting calls for extras

Casting calls for “Mindhunter” will be from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at the WVU College of Creative Arts. Actors must live within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and have reliable transportation.

MORGANTOWN — Aspiring actors in the region can soon expect an opportunity to grace TV screens.

The Netflix series “Mindhunter” is looking for paid extras to appear in the upcoming season.

Angela Citrola, “Mindhunter” extras casting director, said production for the second season is already under way and expects the filming to go on for the next few months.

She said filming is taking place in the Greater Pittsburgh area and casting calls are being held in West Virginia because of the close proximity to the city.

“People should bring their friends and families who also want to be background actors. No headshot or resumes required, simply show up,” she said.

She said thousands will be needed. Those who try out need no prior experience. Casting depends on the needs of a show, but most weeks there are a decent number of background actors on set, she said.

She said there’s an approval process for the show — due to the fact that it’s a period piece. Casting employees will gather photos and sizes from a vintage clothing collection and then try to make a match for people with certain scenes.

“We expect our calls in West Virginia to be pretty large, and we can’t wait to meet you all,” she said.

People of all ages and ethnicities can attend an open casting call. Rolls being filled include FBI agents, students, law enforcement, protesters and hippies.

“Mindhunter,” a crime drama, is about the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling. Citrola said it’s an awesome paid opportunity to be on a real film set.

“One of my own personal favorite things when I first started doing background casting was to see how every department has a hand in making this world come to life,” she said. “It’s a really magical experience that I feel lucky to be a part of. You get to see the actors work and how they bring what’s on the page into existence.”

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