If you are given a call time for 8:00 A.M, always be there 15 minutes early. Being late does not look good, and they are expecting you to be there on time to get you processed through hair, make up, wardrobe and ready for set!
If you are asked to be on set for a certain day, please make sure your schedule is 100% free that entire day. Filming days can go up to 14 hours, and it is important that you are prepared for the entire day, and have no other obligations.
Whether you are a background performer, crew member or actor we all are booked to do a job, and the on set crew is counting on you showing up. If you accept a day of work on set please only do so if you are 100% going to show up, as people cancelling last minute creates tons of last minute work for multiple departments. Every background performer is booked for a specific scene or role, and it is important that everybody is accounted for.
When you work on set you will be handed a white or green pay voucher for the day. Keep this for proof that you worked this day, as it states your rate of pay, hours and all of the information that accounting needs to calculate your pay. Mistakes can happen with payroll, so keeping this voucher is a good rule for every production, and if you have enough of these vouchers you can eventually apply for ACTRA union status as well.
GENERAL NOTES (BELOW)
Please turn off your ringer, or put your phone on silent when you are on set.
HOW PAY WORKS:
You are paid via cheque in the mail, at either the non union rate or the ACTRA rate. Pay usually is mailed out 2-3 weeks after your day on set.
CLOTHING OPTIONS FOR SET:
If you are asked to bring clothing options for your background role, please bring a numerous variety of appropriate options. This will make the costume department very happy, and will make it easier to get you 100% ready for set!
The last tip I want to add is have fun! This is a professional workplace, but set can be a ton of fun. As long as you are always professional, polite and follow the instructions on set you will do fantastic!
I hope these few tips help, and we look forward to you being on set :)