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Johnny Depp
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Do you have to pay commission to your agent/manager for commercial background work? I was under the impression that background work was separate, but I'm not sure as the role is listed as a "featured extra."

Thanks!
 
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Newbie
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NO! Any agent who demands commission from that is GREEDY!
 
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Johnny Depp
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Agreed, the pay isn't that great so to take a commission from it is pretty low
 
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Russell Crowe
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While I agree with Truth and Thespian it all depends on your agent & manager agreement.

My manager says anything less than $300 is mine. But at the end of the day it's extra work. Your not credited and I wouldn't pay a commission on it unless your manager/agent got it for you.

I once heard a manager tell people that she get's 15% no matter what. Extra work or whatever. I don't agree with that at all. But again look on your agreement.
 
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Russell Crowe
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Originally posted by tanlixia:
Do you have to pay commission to your agent/manager for commercial background work? I was under the impression that background work was separate, but I'm not sure as the role is listed as a "featured extra."

Thanks!

I take it this was a non-union commercial? Because there is no such thing as being a 'featured extra' in a union commercial.

"Featured" means you are recognizable. And when you are recognizable in a commercial you are seen as endorsing that product, thus creating a conflict with other commercials. That means you are a principal actor in the commercial. When an extra in a union commercial gets on camera to the point that they are featured then they must be upgraded to include the principal day rate and all residual payments. Unlike theatrical projects speaking lines is not required to be a principal in a commercial.

If it was a union commercial and you were actually featured and not paid as such then contact the union. If it's a non-union commercial they should upgrade you as well but you would probably be out of luck as the producers do not have to follow union guidelines.
 
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Al Pacino
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God every time you type I just imagine the smug look you must have on your face.
 
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Russell Crowe
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Your imagination overloads your ass.
 
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