What is expected when you're talent is being volunteered for a project (indie film, series, video, etc)?
I know the most basic answer is food *main meals must be provided on set! To do otherwise is unacceptable* and copy of DVD. But let's clarify that.
Main meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Does that include coffee runs? How many? Snacks? Drinks? What exactly is included in having to feed your talent on set?
Now what else is included in this arrangement? Transportation? Do they pay for your gas or subway token? Do you pay for any product that must be used? I.E. does talent buy their own hair gel, spray, maek-up? Are we expected to be compensated for that?
Here's where I stand: meals are a must, copy of DVD is a must. These are our bread and butter. They are non-negotiable. The DVD is in large part why we do what we do. And food? Well, we're volunteering our time, talent, and energies, least you could do is feed us. Cost of transportation covered only if you're asking me to travel outside the immediate area (Toronto, in my case) - which costs a lot. Snacks and coffee runs are optional, unless the call time is very early, in which case one coffee run in the morning is obligatory.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Please leave a comment and let's start a debate.
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