Should there be Non-Union Background Performers in Film?

Jessica Bodnarek has been a professional background performer for six years now, these are the people working behind the main actors. Something she says is important is to be part of the union because regardless of how many hours one works, you still get paid for the amount of hours you were called for.

In addition, she talks about how film companies prefer to hire more non-union background performers, for instance say there is a film that requires 70 background performers, 50 will be non-union spots then they have 20 permit spots which is for the union.

Jessica Bodnarek

Bodnarek states there is a lot of effort that goes into joining the union having to pay membership fees, and credits to be earned to qualify for the union, so the question is should film companies just hire union workers?


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