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Pay for first-time film actors

PotomacBob

There's a story here on SOL in which an English kid is invited to Hollywood to do a screen test. He's told by his agent that, if he is cast as a first-time actor, he will be paid a quarter of a million pounds for the film. I know nothing about film-making, but that sounds too good to be true. Is it?

Replies:   REP  Ernest Bywater
REP

@PotomacBob

That is about $328,000 in US currency.

First time actors generally don't earn that much. However, if there was something special about the kid, such as Prince William's son, then it could be possible.

Ernest Bywater

@PotomacBob

A lot depends on the era it's set in and if the kid has any other claim to fame or is of importance in another way. A famous child singer being asked to act in a musical would demand top dollar for their first film, while the child of an important actor would get a high pay as well. However, some kid off the street chosen just for their looks would get little above award wages, whatever that is at that time.

Centaur
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I think a lot of it would have to be the part and movie Co. making the move. the story you're asking about, I think was Disney and are notoriously cheapskates to child actors. and I think David was a co-star.

I don't think David would have gotten that much.

He's an unknown, even though he had a recommendation. Plus they paid for room and board. that usually falls on the actor to find lodging and food, or in David's case his parents to find said room and board and a chaperone/guardian.

However to add to the original poster several coming of age stories have schooling provided by the movie makers. Is this something thats actually done or is it up to the parents to figure out

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Centaur

However to add to the original poster several coming of age stories have schooling provided by the movie makers. Is this something thats actually done or is it up to the parents to figure out


It depends on when the movie is being made, where it's being made, and how long it takes. Some states and countries have laws requiring the studios to provide tutors for child actors in most situations, but I'm not sure how long the laws have existed.

As an example a two week movie schedule during the school holidays is not likely to involve tutoring, while a four month schedule during the school year is likely to include tutoring.

Banadin

Sounds like a story I would like to read, what is it?

Replies:   Centaur  Ernest Bywater
Centaur

@Banadin

I think the OP is talking about Teen Dreams Book 1 by ProfessorC. but I could be wrong.

Ernest Bywater

@Banadin

Sounds like a story I would like to read, what is it?


You should be too busy writing about Ricky to spend time reading!

Banadin

Busted!

Replies:   Wheezer
Wheezer

@Banadin

Busted!

Yes, definitely busted! We need our Ricky fix! :D

richardshagrin

He is Sir Richard, not ricky. What a rickety name!

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