Congratulations on the callback, Foresta Fried!
It's not a callback. It's just from tape. Can you tell me the height of the Luisa's who have callbacks. I am trying to figure out if we can swing this financially.
There is nothing anyone (except casting and the producers) can tell you that is going to make a difference. If they asked you to fly in, it's because they want to see your DC. They know how tall she is from her resume.They assume if you submitted, you're willing to fly in. But, more than the expense of flying in, can you relocate from the middle of October, until this airs in December? As far as I understand it, this is a local hire, and you would have to pay your own way (all expenses). Correct me please if I'm wrong.
Wouldn't it be a SAG project mom2music so they would have to pay you scale for rehearsals? That's pretty decent money and should be enough to cover a sublet and expenses -- agree with your question of can you stay for 6 weeks and leave a job and school etc.
I'm wondering about this project as well... They specifically stated "non-Equity" kids for this, if I recall. Why would stage union status matter if it's under a SAG/AFTRA contract? Wondering if since it is technically a theater project, they are going to pay a non-union theater rate for rehearsals and then a one-time-only SAG/AFTRA fee for the broadcast? I might be way off base, but it did make me wonder when I saw "non-Equity" specified. Anyone have any real info on this?
I don't know where you saw non equity, but at the call back almost all of the kids were equity or sag. Height definately matters bc we received a call Friday asking specifically how tall my dc was. It did say so on the resume, but they wanted to confirm. I can also say there were many kids out of town at the callback.
My mistake. I must have confused it with something else... Carry on.
It is a "local hire" project so if you are from out of town you will have to foot your own bill as far as housing/transportation/etc. No housing/per diem will be paid.
How they will handle the rehearsal/performance/airing pay is a really really good question. But as far as requiring non-union people...well if they asked for that it's just plain silly. If you are a member of one union (SAG-Aftra or Equity) they are sister unions and you are not supposed to work non-union in the other field as well. Thus SAG members are not SUPPOSED to do non-union theatre and Equity members are not SUPPOSED to do non union TV, Film or Commercials.
With kids they will often look the other way and many parents will claim ignorance. BUT with people like Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and Steven Moyer on board...well none of them can get away with working non-union ANYTHING. It will not fly under the radar. Plus you have members of both unions there, right? In fact all of them may be members of both unions.
I would be REALLY curious as to how the pay schedule works. And they are filming a stage performance, right? Not making a film. So are rehearsals paid under SAG or Equity? Good question!
That was my question too, mom2enr. I know that in many Equity theater productions (regional and some Off-Broadway contracts - not those under an AEA Production contract), they hire a certain number of non-Equity cast members in addition to those under an Equity contract. Often, kids in those productions are required to be non-Equity while the older principal roles are Equity. For example, in the current production of Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream, all of the children in the cast are non-Equity to my knowledge, and are paid at a much lower weekly rate than the AEA members in the cast. I just wondered if they were going to do the same thing here with SOM - hire non-Equity children so that they can pay them less for the rehearsal period, then pay them the SAG rate for the actual broadcast. Of course, the "name" actors involved would be paid as per their union status. I swear I saw "non-Equity" for the kids somewhere, but if those still involved in callbacks are AEA, then I am wrong. Still, it will be interesting to see what they do with this in terms of pay, union jurisdiction, etc...
trying to just find out height and coloring of the Luisa's going back. and the fact that we are called in from a tape tells me its mostly physical. especially when they already have choices.this is not a complaint and is there anybody who knows coloring and height of the luisa's going to callbacks?
I was also wondering if it were Equity or SAG or a combo. We didn't go for this at all but it's an interesting project and I'd love to know how they do this. It was definitively not non-union. I know Equity members at the call back and at least SAG-E personally. I just don't know which scale they will be using for the rehearsal period. If they go Equity for the rehearsal sessions it's still decent. I think if it were SAG it would be higher. Guess we'll find out soon enough.
Foresta - just from my experience they probably will make families and haven't decided on coloring. I know brunettes and blondes were there for the other parts so most obviously they haven't decided unless they did and then called you up. I also don't know how much info you will get out of others up for the same role. Best of luck to you! Come on up to our fair city and take a shot.
Foresta Friend, I say go for it! I would have loved it if DC fit the specs better and could have auditioned. It seems like such a special project. I do not know your finances, and would not do it if it will cause severe stress and abstinence to cover. But otherwise, given that they are calling your DD so late in the game, I'd say give it a shot if she is interested. I tend to be more the type that thinks the regret of not doing is always bigger than the regret of doing. Congrats!
Foresta, I sent you a PM - good luck! This is a tough call, I know... especially if money is a concern.
thank you for your kindness ZenMom3. i dont know how to respond privately to a PM but that was so helpful :-)
Anyone hear anything further about Brigitta?
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