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I make £750 a day from my extra work – it’s really fun and doesn’t feel like work

THE AUTHOR Sunita Thind, 40, from Derby, has a sideline business of modeling and appearing in advertisements.

The former drama teacher says it’s a great way to boost her income.


Sunita Thind from Derby who is a writer but also has a side hustle as a real life model and extra1 credit
2In a recent gig for Pets at Home, Sunita modeled with her dog Ghost


2In a recent gig for Pets at Home, Sunita modeled with her dog Ghost1 credit

The work is sporadic, sometimes just a few gigs a month, but she can earn up to £750 for a day’s filming.

Most often it’s around £200-300 for a job.

She said: “It’s also a lot of fun, so it doesn’t feel like work.

“A lot of people think you can only make money modeling if you look a certain way, but it’s mostly for fashion.

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“There’s another aspect of the business called ‘actual casting’ where they look for people who look normal.

“A lot of companies need ordinary-looking people for their advertisements or to show their products in use.

“It’s a lot more accessible than people think.

“I’ve done everything from lingerie modelling, which was pretty daunting, to being a football fan for Leicester City.

“I recently filmed a commercial with my dog ​​Ghost for Pets at Home.

“I had to give him treats all day.

“In another ad, I was paid £750 for a day pretending to be a coffee shop customer chatting to a barista.

“I met some interesting people and I love watching everything that happens on set. Plus there was good free food.

“In another ad for Microsoft Teams, I didn’t even have to leave the house.

“These were remote meetings, so I was filmed through my laptop camera.

Sunita says there are various agencies you can join if you are looking to get into this type of work, but some of them charge a fee.

She has worked with Face Model and Casting Agency, Mentor Model Agency in Sheffield and StarNow.

What is a supplement and do I have to look good?

An extra is someone in the background of a scene or with a minor role in a movie, TV show, or commercial.

They are there to make the scene realistic.

You don’t have to look like Cara Delevingne or Bella Hadid to land an extra or commercial modeling job.

Even in the fashion world, more and more stores are now using people with more realistic body shapes to model their clothes on their websites.

But you still have to have the right “look” for whatever message a particular company is trying to get across, so it’s very hit and miss.

Thick skin is probably one of the most important qualities you need to be successful, pros say.

How much will I be paid?

As Sunita says, prices for jobs can vary widely depending on the budget of the company paying you and the type of work involved.

Sometimes you will have to pay for your own travel costs and other times these are covered.

You might get a free lunch, and you might even get free takeout.

But according to, the typical wage is around £50 a day plus £10 an hour for overtime.

Remember that you will need to declare any income you earn to HM Revenue & Customs by completing a self-assessment tax return.

If your secondary hustle causes you to exceed your personal tax allowance of £12,570 this year, you will also have to pay income tax.

How to start and scams to watch out for

You will need professional quality photos and registration with certain agencies if you want to find work.

But beware, there are scams out there that will try to charge you a fortune for photos and agency fees with no intention of getting you a job.

Stick to agencies with a good reputation and do a thorough search of online reviews for those that seem suspicious.

According to, these four agencies have established a good reputation and charge the following fees:

Uni-versalEXTRAS – Has an annual membership fee that starts from £25 (or free for students), and on top of that it charges 16% commission on each job.

The Casting Collective – No initial membership fee but an annual administration fee of £20-£75 depending on where you live and deducted from your first paid job, then 15% commission plus VAT.

Additional People – Free to join, but charges a larger 20% commission for each job.

Mad Dog Casting – A one off fee of £32.50 (£61.25 in London) + VAT is deducted from your first job with them. On top of that, it charges a 15% commission on each booking.

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