Avoid Acting Scams

TIPS TO AVOID ACTOR SCAMS:

  • Only submit to casting calls posted on legitimate casting call sites. You can usually tell a legitimate site by reviewing their “terms and conditions” and seeing if they are bonded. Be very cautious of any casting call site that does not list a bond in their terms and conditions.
  • Verify the producer/casting director/production. Between resources such as IMDb, or even looking up the company or people on Facebook, be sure to verify the people you would be working with. While legitimate casting calls sites screen submissions for inappropriate content, and try to catch postings that have “red flags,”  unfortunately casting calls sites are unable to truly screen the integrity of folks posting. Actors should always be cautious, aware and diligent in their review of opportunities.
  • If submitting to a posting found outside of a legitimate casting call website, you’ll have some extra work to do. Be sure you know who the person is,  know someone who has worked with them or that they have credits on their IMDb page before sending them your information.
  • Never give your social security number, or other personal employment related details to a producer until you’ve verified them; and, even then it should only be on an employment document (like a W-4 or a SAG-AFTRA contract). NOTE: If you’re a SAG-AFTRA actor, remember, you can always use your SAG-AFTRA number at audition check-ins vs. your social security number.
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Most independent non-union projects pay between $100-500 per day, even for primary roles. Low budget union projects are also usually in this range. Traditionally only full budget productions, such as studio film or an independent film or TV/web series SAG-AFTRA contracts, or if you’re a “name” actor, will your rate be higher. Keep this in mind when reviewing an offer.
  • Though it’s typical that you are not allowed to bring someone with you into an actual audition, you should absolutely always be able to bring someone with you to the audition location. Be VERY wary of any casting director/producer that specifically says you cannot bring anyone with you at all.

 

 

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Last modified: June 14, 2018

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