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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rates for Background Actors

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I have been asked lately to share pay rates for background actors. Here are the most recent published rates for SAG, AFTRA and non-union actors (published 2008):

SAG & AFTRA Background: $130 for 8 hours of work on primetime TV or feature films, plus overtime (does not include 1 hour non-compensated lunch break). $145/8 for stand-ins. $140/8 for daytime background work.

Non-Union Background on Union Projects: $75-$85 for 8-12 hours of work

Non-Union Background on Non-Union Projects: Anything from $0-$100 for any number of hours.

Note: On union projects, you are contracted to be paid for a minimum of 8 hours, and will be paid as such even if you are released earlier than 8 hours have transpired. On non-union projects, there are no protections, so anything goes!

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

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