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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

The american kids are playing for the shows that celebrating Chinese New Year

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Foreigners living in China have plenty of opportunities to become an Extra for Movies and TV Shows.

Here are a few ideas that could help you get chosen as an extra for movies and TV shows in China.

Prepare a few professional pictures to show or send to prospective employers.

Body shots should be in a swimsuit and for head shots your face should not be obstructed by hats, scarves or sunglasses.

Once the pictures are ready you should measure your height and weight and prepare your personal contact information.

With the pictures, measurements and contact information ready, it’s time to start looking for the opportunities.

Check English websites for ads looking for movie extras and modeling jobs.

Sites like: and are very common among expats communities in Beijing and offer a wide variety of jobs ads.

Check other places like CCTV Tower, Wudaokou, Beijing Film Academy, Houhai bar district, Obiwan Bar, Sanlitun bar street, etc.

Before you know it, you’ll be in the movies!

Have you ever wanted to be in the movies or on TV?


Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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