PaymentBelow is an outline of fees you can expect to incur as a background performer.

Registration Fee
It is standard in the industry for Non-Union talent to pay a registration fee. TFX’s fee is $85.00 plus HST ($96.05). This is a yearly, non-refundable fee and is required at the time of registration, and renewable on your registration anniversary date each year you continue to be an active member.

Note: Union performers do not pay a registration fee.

BG4Hire Account
It is essential to have an active account on BG4HIRE.COM in order to work with our agency. This is an online casting platform that many casting agencies use. Bg4hire.com has an annual membership fee of $25. For more information, please visit their website Bg4hire.com and refer to their FAQ section.

Commission Fee
Background performers pay a commission rate for work that they do. The commission fees are as follows:

FULL ACTRA:

  • 10% commission for regular background performances,
  • 15% commission for commercials, music videos, upgrades, vouchers, etc., and
  • 20% for print.

ACTRA APPRENTICE MEMBERS:

  • 15% commission for regular background performances, including commercials, music videos, upgrades, vouchers, etc., and
  • 20% for print.

NON-UNION PERFORMERS:

  • 10% commission for regular background performances,
  • 15% commission for commercials, music videos, upgrades, vouchers, and
  • 20% for print

To get a better idea of commission owing for a specific booking, try out our Online Commission Calculator.

Please make commission cheques payable to: TORONTO FILM EXTRAS

PLEASE NOTE: All commissions must include 13% HST. All Non-Union performers must mail their commission cheques to the agency. If you are an ACTRA performer, it is imperative when mailing your commission cheques that you include the top portion of your pay stub with your payment. This helps us confirm what film you are paying for. There will be a $25.00 charge on all NSF cheques.

Your Rate
The hourly rate as a background performer is $12.25 per hour with an 8 hour minimum for Non-Union performers. (This means that if you only work two hours, you are still always paid for eight hours). Union rates apply for ACTRA members.

Cancellation Fee
If you are booked on a project and need to cancel, Toronto Film Extras must be informed of the cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. Members who cancel a booking within 24 hours of a call time, or do not attend a booking, will be charged a Cancellation Fee. The Cancellation Fee is $20 for Non-Union performers, $40 for apprentice members, and $30 for full ACTRA members. The Cancellation Fee is based on the minimum commission the client would have owed Toronto Film Extras, plus additional administrative costs.

Late Fee
Punctuality is crucial! If a member is late to set, and our team has to become involved in addressing the lateness (for example: we have to call, and/or text you), you will be charged a $20.00 Late Fee.

Please Note:

  • Contact information and photos must be kept current.
  • All commissions must be kept current. This includes money owed to other agents.
  • Delinquent accounts with our agency will be subject to late fees, interest and enforcement action effective immediately.