• Denny Hodge

You need a volunteer

I will start by saying I have nothing against new and trainee film makers making films on low budgets. I just have a problem with the language they use when casting. For example:

"Experienced comedy actor required for new film project - Unpaid" No, you don't want an experienced comedy actor, you want a volunteer. Volunteers give up their time and skills to help out, not experienced actors who have to earn a living. And you wouldn't dream of asking a volunteer who is kindly helping you out to prove they are skilled. So, it just adds insult to ask a professional actor to audition or self-tape and compete for the role when there is no recompense. Don't be fooled that show reel footage is payment - clips from these jobs are never good enough. Oh - and by the way, lunch is not an incentive.


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