Pay Rates

You will be paid a minimum payment of $95.48 for a 4 hour call if you are an Extra in Film and TV

There are minimum pay rates supported by the Media and Arts Alliance that extras in films get paid a minimum of $23.87 per hour (more for tv and commercials) with a minimum of 4 hours work for each call. In practice, TV and film shoots rarely go to schedule and our extras get paid far more than that for each day they spend on set.  See Equity Minimums for more information about minimum pay rates.

Featured Extras get paid about 40% more

If you are selected as a featured extra, the rates can go up substantially. As you can see from the Actors Feature Film Agreement a bit player with not more than 2 lines gets 40% more pay than a normal extra.

Loadings can add 25% - 50% more

Performers can be paid even more if loadings are applied. The Actors Feature Film Agreement shows examples of 25% loading for international rights. Additional loadings for movies with foreign actors and a range of other categories that increase pay rates further.

Overtime, Holiday and Other Allowances Add Up

The Actors Feature Film Agreement shows examples of allowances for annual leave, cancellation, wardrobe and overtime.

Residuals pay you while you sleep

If a production is successful and is shown overseas or ends up reaching certain box office targets, the performers receive a share of that success. See the Actors Feature Film Agreement  for some examples of the residuals that are paid and under what circumstances they are paid. Note: Extras do not receive residual payments.

TV Commercials and Print Campaigns Pay up to $10K for a day

When a performer is featured on a commercial, they may be prevented from working on competitor’s commercials for a period of time. This is when MCTV negotiates an exclusive fee on your behalf.

TV Commercial residuals pay big time while you sleep

When a commercial goes past it’s original run. All performers other than extras are paid a rollover fee. The minimum rate of pay for this is the original rate paid for the commercial.

Commission and Fees

You can get started for just $20 per month

Everything you need to get started is included in this fee

  • A great photograph that captures your personality.
  • Updates to your photos if your look changes.
  • Online profiles with the major industry casting networks.

You can choose to pay by the month or you can pay 12 months in advance. (More Info Below)

  • Pay by the month – $29 per month (pay the first 3 months in advance) credit card required
  • Pay 12 months in advance – $20 per month ($240 for 12 months) pay by cash, debit or credit

Children under 16 receive a 25% discount

If you are under the age of 16 you are entitled to a discount on the fees for photography and your online profile. You can pay $15 per month or $180 for 12 months in advance.

Performers under the age of 18 will need a legal guardian to sign our management agreement on their behalf.

Performers under the age of 16 are protected by the office of the Children’s Guardian. For more information see the following fact sheets.

Established Actors and Models should enquire with our head booker

If you are an established actor with paid credits or an established model you may be entitled to alternative arrangements. Please contact for more information.

Commission for most jobs is only 10%

When you work on a production, the money for you and the other performers from MCTV is paid into our trust account. Within 14 days of receiving those funds we pay you. Your payment will have tax deducted and our commission which for most jobs is only 10%. You will receive a full breakdown of the commission rates that apply as part of the additional fee acknowledgment within your management agreement.

Optional Workshops are available for a minimal charge

We run workshops on a regular basis to help our up and coming extras get more roles and win bigger roles. We offer these workshops for a minimal fee that is also disclosed in the Additional Fee Acknowledgement within your Management Agreement.

Payment can take some time.

In your agreement with MCTV we guarantee to pay you within 14 days of receiving funds from the Entertainment Industry Hirer. However it can take some time for us to get paid by the Entertainment Industry Hirer.

Entertainment Industry Hirers are required by law to pay within 30 days or otherwise as agreed with you. In our experience TV Series and Films usually pay us within 2 weeks however commercials and print often take longer.

In theory it should never be more than 44 days (30 days from Entertainment Industry Hirer and 14 days from us) between working and getting paid for the job. In the overwhelming majority of cases, this is true. A small number of Entertainment Industry do take longer even though it is a violation of The Entertainment Industry Act 2013.

Ready to get started? Apply now for an interview with one of our bookers.