You will be paid a minimum payment of $123.44 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 onTV series get paid a minimum of $123.44* (more for Films and commercials) for a 4 hour 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.
* Children working in Film and TV Production are guaranteed a minimum of 50% of the minimum rates for adults or $61.72
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 minimum pay rates 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.