I'VE BEEN BOOKED FOR A JOB AND CONFIRMED...
We will email you work call times as soon as we receive them from production. Please note, this can happen as late as the night before you are scheduled. We will also send you any other necessary information, including shuttle location, shuttle times, locations, costume information, etc.
Simply make sure your schedule is entirely open for work days.
Here's your call-time info!
Call time: 06000
Shuttle location: Toronto, ON
Wardrobe: Khaki pants, collared shirt
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ON THE DAYS I WORK?
First off, arrive on time! Late appearances will result in you being removed from the database. This is done to maintain our relationships with casting.
Then, sign-in with production at the designated area communicated to you. At this point, you'll be given a payment voucher to complete. Make sure to put your own name and mailing address so cheques will be sent directly to you. If you have questions on how to complete your voucher, ask production. And then be professional, respectful, and have fun!
At the end of each day, make sure your voucher is completed by production and retain a copy for your records.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
First off, make sure you have either a digital or physical copy of your Workplace Safety Certificate from the Ministry of Labour. You can complete this course through the following
1. Workplace Safety Certificate
You will also need digital copies of your residency documents to prove you are a resident of Ontario. These documents could come in the form of three options:
copy of my Notice of Assessment issued by CRA for the relevant tax year
OPTION #2: If you do not have my 2020 Notice of Assessment, you will need both of the following documents:
long-term (1 year or more) lease agreement or purchase agreement of a Canadian dwelling
utility or cell phone bill covering the period which includes Dec. 31 of the relevant tax year
OPTION #3: If both of the above are not available, you will need three of the following documents:
Driver’s licence or vehicle registration from the relevant province
Professional association or union membership in Canada
Statement of account (e.g. bank account, RRSP, credit card or investment account) from a Canadian financial institution for the period which includes Dec. 31 of the relevant tax year
Short-term (under 1 year) lease or letter from a landlord supporting a rental agreement
Other government-issued identification or support, such as a provincial photo ID card, etc. or a CRA Notice of Assessment from the prior tax year
2. Residency Documents
Casting may ask you to bring your own wardrobe options. They will send detailed recommendations, and then pack a bag and get ready for the camera!
4. What you need to be comfortable!
Depending on the production, you might be working outside so make sure you are prepared for the elements. It's always good to have your own water bottle on hand, or your favourite book to read during any down time!
HOW DO I PAY MY COMMISSION?
Once you have worked you will receive payment in the mail directly from production. If you haven't received payment after two weeks, send us an email at email@example.com with the subject line:
"PRODUCTION NAME - DAYS YOU WORKED - YOUR NAME"
Once you receive payment, email a photo of all your paperwork (voucher, pay stubs, and cheque) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line should be:
Please email ALL items you get in the mail. Make sure the vouchers are clear and have the gross payments amounts written clearly on them.
We will then email you an invoice which you can pay by card. Once payment is received, we will email you your receipt.
One missed payment will remove you from the database.
HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID?
Non-union and AABP performers are paid $15.50/hour with an eight-hour minimum pay, meaning if you work only one hour you will still receive payment for a full eight hours.
Payment rates for full ACTRA members and ACTRA Apprentices are negotiated by the Union and posted in the Independent Production Agreement (IPA). You can find the IPA through the following
Background performers are also eligible for additional payments or special skills payment (SSE) for: travel time, cars, dogs, juggling, fittings, COVID tests, etc. If you suspect you are eligible for an extra payments, speak with a member of production and ensure you have these details listed on your voucher.
HOW MUCH COMMISSION DO I PAY?
Commissions owed to Forefront Talent are determined at the following rates:
Full ACTRA: 10%
All commissions are taken off gross salary not your net amount and charged HST.
This gross salary includes all additional payments, COVID testing, or SSE payments.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO MISS A BOOKING?
We understand that things come up, but if you have to miss a booking it reflects poorly on Forefront Talent and could jeopardize our relationship with casting. For these reasons, we charge cancellation fees at the following rates:
More than 24hour notice (business days) cancellation: $25 (+HST)
Less than 24hour notice (business days) cancellation: $50 (+HST)
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE FOR A BOOKING?
Again, late appearances can hold up production and reflects poorly on Forefront Talent. For these reasons, we charge the following late fee:
Late fee: $10 (+HST)
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY INFO/PHOTOS IN THE DATABASE?
At any time, you can email us any new info or photos to email@example.com with the subject line:
"NEW - YOUR NAME"
WHAT DO I DO AT TAX TIME?
Forefront Talent acts as an intermediary, and therefore all tax documents will be issued to you directly by production. If missing any documents, you will need to contact the production that employed you.