GETTING STARTED

So you want to start the fun journey of working on television and movie sets!

“I have listed information to guide you and provide some education to help you determine if this is the right choice for you and your family.”

To start, I will need your name, photos, do not need to be professional, candid is great as casting likes to see who YOU are. No sunglasses and preferable no hats. Generally casting prefers more natural photos, minimal makeup and typical hairstyle. I will also need your email address and phone number so I can contact you for opportunities.

Booking requests can sometimes arrive the day/night before they want you. If you are available and say YES, you are committed and should never back out last minute as each person is accounted for and requested from the production. Canceling last minute or not showing up or negligently showing up late will limit your opportunities in this industry.

Call details

Call details, such as wardrobe requirements, location and firm call time generally arrive the evening before filming day. Often as late as 11pm/2300. Also good to mention here, film world work on the 24 hour clock…so if you see a call time at 1500, that means 3pm. The general rule of thumb for wardrobe, NO LOGOS or small checker print. Always bring a few options of tops, pants, and shoes. The more often you work the easier this will become. In the beginning, it is better to bring more options for clothing than to have Wardrobe dept. potentially frustrated. It is your responsibility to have different options to choose from. Being unprepared and insufficient clothing can result in being sent home.

Working day

Working day, your call time could be 7am or 12pm, so if you accept the booking, you must be available ALL day. No one can tell you how long you will be on set each day. There are too many variables to determine that. Some good info for possible working day hours:

  • under 12 years old can work 8 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 12-15 year olds can work 10 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 16-17 year olds can work 12 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 18+ as long as needed

A nice buffet lunch is generally provided by the production, 6 hours after “crew call” There is also a “craft table” available in background holding. This generally consists of bread, peanut butter, jam, coffee, tea, juice crystals, apples, oranges. Anything else is a bonus.

On set, when you arrive be sure to sign in and fill out your paperwork legibly with a pen you have brought. Be sure to have your health and safety certificate, and drivers license or proof of residency to hand in. Have things to entertain yourself, books, chargers, cards, knitting as you are sometimes in holding awhile. Listen to the A.D’s for your direction, be quiet on set. You will pick up common phrases often heard on sets, such as resetting back to ones  means, they want to redo the scene and go back to where you started. Cut stop wait for direction.

Pay for all your hard work! 2019 rates are as follows

  • Stand In $28.75/hour
  • Photo Double $ 26.75/hour
  • *Special Skill (SSE) $35.75/hour
  • Actra Background $26.75/hour
  • Non Union Background $14.00/hour

Everyone is paid a minimum 8 hours unless otherwise specified. Meaning, if you are booked and wrap within 6 hours, you are still paid for 8.

Now you see the rates…you ask how do I become Actra? A couple of ways; you can be upgraded on set, it does sometimes happen where you are given a line! Be sure to let the sign in people know so it is marked on your voucher! You can go to auditions and be chosen for a part. You can register as aabp (additional actra background performer) and collect hours. It takes 1600 to redeem for your first credit to become an apprentice.

*SSE what is this? It can be anything as simple as riding a skateboard, being a nurse, paramedic, firefighter, juggling, dancing etc. In this crazy film industry, I can’t even begin name everything…but the more you know how to do, the better.

Well, I hope I touched upon all the important things to know to get started. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may think on bon.kercasting@gmail.com


HEALTH AND SAFETY LINK

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/elearn/worker/index.php

Please print a copy, save a copy on your computer and phone. Only needs to be done once... if you don't lose it.

**anyone 16+ requires this. For minors chaperones need.


PAYMENT EMAIL

This is the email you will receive when you cheque arrives.

Hello!

If you have received this email it is because I have a cheque(s) here for you! Yay. :)

There are a FEW of options to receive payment.

  1. Provide me with your bank account number (institution #, transit/branch, account) from a major bank (such as TD, Royal, BOM, Scotia, or CIBC I can not deposit to PC type) I will then need you to email transfer your owed commission and then I will deposit your cheque in full into your provided account. If i already have it, just remind me. Parents ... please be sure the account has your child name on it or the bank will not allow the deposit.
  2. Make arrangements to meet up, I can give you your cheque and you can give me the commission. I am located near 401 and Trafalgar. (Georgetown) I am NOT accessible by transit.
  3. Most have had success with me sending a photo of the cheque for online/mobile deposit. (you can not take the photo to your bank)
  4. If you decided you want me to mail your cheque and i do NOT have self addressed stamped envelopes here for you, please provide your mailing address and include and extra $1.50 with your commission for stamp and envelope.

Please note, I do not deposit your cheques into my account then deduct commission to pay you. I provide you the original cheque, which is why I need you to transfer the commission first.

You may email transfer commission to NEW mandystalent@gmail.com ***Please put the date your commission is for in the notes

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hope to get you working some more soon! :)


WHAT ARE COMMISSION RATES?

  • 10% NON UNION
  • 15% APPRENTICE
  • 10% FULL ACTRA
  • 15% UPGRADES/COMMERCIALS
  • 15% SSE (special skills extra)
  • There is no initial cost to start. All commissions to be paid when receiving your cheque
  • Failure to pay commission will result in not being asked back for work.

MINOR FORMS

Link to Actra for the forms. ***ANY CHILD UNDER 16 REQUIRES A CHAPERONE.

***These forms are generally handed out on set, but if you are sending your child with a chaperone, please download and fill them out. Also be sure if you are sending your child with a chaperone, they have your child's SIN (Social Insurance Number or birthday allowed if under 16 only) online safety certificate as well as proof of residency for your child

https://www.actratoronto.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Engagement-of-Minors.pdf


QUICK REFERENCE TO MINOR HOURS AND GENERAL RATES

  • under 12 years old can work 8 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 12-15 year olds can work 10 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 16-17 year olds can work 12 hours plus 1 hour unpaid lunch
  • 18+ as long as needed

Pay for all your hard work! 2019 rates are as follows

  • Stand In $28.75/hour
  • Photo Double $ 26.75/hour
  • *Special Skill (SSE) $35.75/hour
  • Actra Background $26.75/hour
  • Non Union Background $14.00/hour

Everyone is paid a minimum 8 hours unless otherwise specified. Meaning, if you are booked and wrap within 6 hours, you are still paid for 8.


PHOTO TIPS

For background work, you do not need to spend a bunch of money and time having professional photos taken. You can take photos with your phone or camera to submit.

  • Be sure there is good lighting (outside is always great natural light)
  • No sunglasses - we need/want to see your eyes
  • Preferred no hats to show true hair
  • Minimal makeup always best
  • Conservative clothes
  • Above all, send photos that best represent you! So when we see the photo we know what to expect on set.
  • Images do not need to be professional pictures, (However professional photographers are available at an extra fee if you would like to schedule a photo shoot)