Ask Stand-In Central: Are My Tattoos Trouble?

By | 2013-05-22T21:05:22+00:00 May 29th, 2013|Ask Stand-In Central|0 Comments

I was recently cast as a stand in for a new movie. I have on my Extras Casting form that I do have tattoos but it doesn’t list where. I have 4 large tattoos, 2 down each lower arm and I am not sure if it is going to be an issue once I check in to the set once filming starts. Are tattoos usually an issue for stand ins?

— Sarah H

Response from Ben Hauck

Hi Sarah! Thanks for emailing Stand-In Central!

Tattoos probably don’t matter all that much unless perhaps they interfere with lighting in some way, which I doubt they would. As a stand-in, you are not necessarily a photo double, which would be a job in which tattoos could be very important.

I polled some other stand-ins, and they overwhelmingly agreed that in general tattoos matter little for standing in. Of course, a specific job may have different standards.

Have you had any interesting experiences with respect to tattoos and standing in? Have your tattoos helped or hindered your job as a stand-in? Share your experiences below!

About the Author:

Ben Hauck (Editor, Stand-In Central) has stood in on a number of projects shot in the NYC area. In addition to day-playing, he has stood in on major projects for John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), Jason Bateman (The Longest Week, Disconnect, and The Switch), Jason Sudeikis (Sleeping with Other People), Seth Rogen (The Night Before), and Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie and American Odyssey). Ben is an actor and improviser, author of the 2012 book Long-Form Improv (Allworth Press), and host of The Acting Income Podcast.

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