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authentic • springboard • networking
virtually • pseudo-agent
  1. He works all the time and gets paid nothing.
  2. The best way to find a job that you want is by .
  3. The souvenirs in the tourist shops are never very looking.
  4. She's a good family friend, but she's acting as my to help me land an acting job.
  5. She hates her current job, but she is hoping to her career by working there.
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744 The Extra
Matt talks about working in Hollywood as an extra in movies and TV shows.

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authentic looking

Obviously, movies and television, they need to be authentic looking.

When something is 'authentic looking,' it means that it looks as if it were real.

Notice the following:

1. The costumes that they wore were very authentic looking.
2. The replica antiques were very authentic looking.

springboard their career

People do survive doing that and use it as a way to springboard their career.

When people 'springboard their career' it means that they use a thing or a person to help them to advance in their job.

Notice the following:

  1. I will do an extra evening course in the hope that it will help to springboard my career.
  2. I have made good friends with my boss, as I am hoping that it will springboard my career by knowing the right people.


To meet people and network and make contacts while they are on the set.

When you 'network,' it means that you spend time socializing with people who could be useful to you in your job.

Notice the following:

  1. I find that networking can be a great advantage when you are trying to set up your own business.
  2. I think they hold regular networking events.

virtually nothing

You are on the set for long periods of time, from twelve to sixteen hours doing virtually nothing.

'Virtually nothing' means that something is almost at zero.

Notice the following:

  1. Look at her. She is very thin. she must weigh virtually nothing.
  2. I have done virtually nothing today, and the house is a complete mess.


The guy who taught my classes also was a pseudo-agent or knew people who did a lot of film work in San Diego.

A 'pseudo-agent' is someone who has a lot of contacts in the entertainment industry.

Notice the following:

  1. It is not his full time job; he is a pseudo-agent.
  2. He always uses his contacts, so I guess that makes him a pseudo-agent.