Have you ever had the experience of watching church videos and recognizing someone you know on screen? Maybe you’ve thought, “I wish I could be in a church production!”
Good news! You can! Not only that: you’re needed. Yes, you!
There is an urgent need for applicants for the upcoming filming season of the Book of Mormon Visual Library, specifically for background positions.
Being involved with the creation of the Book of Mormon Video Series is a unique opportunity to participate in a special type of missionary work. The videos are accessed worldwide and help inspire many to want to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Book of Mormon.
According to Church Production Casting, here are 6 common questions asked about being involved in the Book of Mormon Videos.
I’ve never acted before. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! The needs range from professionals to first-timers. In fact, many who are cast as background in these projects have little-to-no acting experience, so you won’t be alone!
Are you looking for a certain type of person to apply?
Visual accuracy and authenticity is a priority for these productions, and there is still an urgent need for applicants who match the physical criteria: Indiginous/Native Americans of North, Central, or South America; or Pacific Islanders. If that doesn’t describe your own personal heritage but you think you may be a good fit, you are encouraged to apply.
There is a strong need for men, women, and teenagers to apply for this season. If you know anyone who would appreciate this opportunity please share this information with them.
Is this a paid job, or is it volunteer work?
It’s paid. Background roles are paid a daily rate (about $135 per day), and participants are expected to work as a local (no mileage reimbursement or hotel). To be paid, participants must be legally documented to work in the United States. While there are opportunities to volunteer as a background actor, due to recent government visa restrictions, international students are not allowed to be hired, whether paid or volunteer.
When and where is filming?
Season 5 of the Book of Mormon Videos is set to shoot this year in Goshen, Utah; Oahu, Hawai’i; and near Sandlake, Oregon. Filming is set to begin in May and will continue into the fall of this year.
I have a full-time job; should I still apply?
Yes. Most who are cast in these productions have other jobs from which they take a day off for filming. Those who are cast have a chance to give the dates they are available.
What is a day of filming like?
It’s a full day, to be certain (most days are 12 hours, with a lunch break), and a very special experience. Here’s a video from Season 4 which shows some behind-the-scenes details:
You can read more about this season here: Book of Mormon Visual Library — Season 5
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email them to BMVLcasting@churchofjesuschrist.org.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.