As you will know by this point we are a professional production company and while we strongly support community work, and even voluntary work as well, there is a fine line of standards. We remain flexible to encourage work at all levels (we know all too well what it is to have no funds), but we do expect a minimum of standards in line with the resources of the production. The core requirement is that by contacting us, you are asking to engage professional actors, and therefore you are expected to treat them as such. Projects which ask an actor to pay a fee to "join" or audition ("pay-to-play") will be rejected at all times.
Individual cast members may freely get involved in whatever they choose, outside of our company requirements, but as a company we cannot pass on any castings that do not meet these basic requirements.
There are sometimes "shades of grey" so if you are unsure about whether we will accept a casting, please get in touch and discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
Large TV / film companies, commercials, training & corporate, national production companies:
In general terms we will only pass paid work offers to our actors. Effectively if your company is deemed to be one that is in a financial position to pay actors, then payment must be offered in line with Equity minimums, to be paid within 28 days. We will not accept unpaid extra / crowd work under any circumstances.
For local start-up productions, there must be a minimum of equal profit-share and portfolio material (clear character photos, and video of performance) offered.
Student productions should, at the minimum, offer full portfolio material, as well as travel expenses, and provide contact details for the college/ university, and the course tutor. Equity reccomend that students raise funds for projects and state that most colleges/ universities recieve funds to pay actors for being in student films. While this is still a grey area, the student should offer whatever they are able to guarantee.
Amatuer theatre/ local fetes/ community fundraisers will be considered, if deemed to be of benefit to our actors, but again must guarantee portfolio material (clear character photos and video) to be provided within 28 days of the event.
Talent shows will be advertised to our members with the following caveats. That there is no fee to enter, that it is with a known company, and has no reputation of exploitation or favouritism.
Overseas castings must be fully paid with expenses, and provide full pay & expenses rates, company details, work permits/ visas, and any other relevant documentation. Due to the number of fake castings "just apply to this whatsapp", or companies being impersonated, we reserve the right to take a little longer to do some background verification.