Below is an outline of fees you can expect to incur as a background performer.
It is standard in the industry for Non-Union talent to pay a membership fee. TFX’s fee is $100 plus HST ($113). This is a yearly, non-refundable fee and is required at the time of registration, and renewable on your membership anniversary date each year you continue to be an active member.
Note: Union performers do not pay a membership fee.
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 $45. For more information, please visit their website Bg4hire.com and refer to their FAQ section.
Background performers pay a commission rate for work that they do. The commission fees are as follows:
ACTRA Apprentice Members:
To get a better idea of commission owing for a specific booking, try out our Online Commission Calculator.
For your convenience, commission payments can be made:
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, when paying commissions, please always email images of the vouchers and the time report summaries, the detailed breakdowns of payment that come attached to the cheques, to email@example.com. This helps us confirm what production/project you are paying for. There will be a $25.00 charge on all NSF cheques.
The hourly rate as a background performer is $15 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.
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 of the date you are booked to work. Members who cancel less than 24 hours before their work day, or do not attend a booking, will be charged a Cancellation Fee.
Cancellation Fees are as follows:
The Cancellation Fee is based on the minimum commission the client would have owed Toronto Film Extras, plus additional administrative costs.
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.