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Frequently asked questions

 Q. I would like to be an extra in a movie. How can I get work?

 A. You should find an Extras agent. If you need help finding an agent a good place to start is by reviewing the list of licensed talent agencies. The list can be found online at the following link: http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/licensing/ta.htm

 Q. Why am I asked to work for less than scale?

 A. UBCP has an Ultra Low Budget Program in order to allow Union Members and producers the ability to work together on low-budget productions while protecting the rights of the performers. Currently the Union offers three Ultra Low Budget Programs; Student Ultra Low Budget Program, 20/20 Ultra Low Budget Program and the standard Ultra Low Budget Program. Click here for details: http://www.ubcp.com/agreements/ultra-low-budget-programs/

 Q. Who at the office can I speak to about doing a low budget project?

 A. Just call the office and ask to speak to the person in charge of the Low Budget Program ore email ulbprogram@ubcp.com.

 Q. Why have I been asked to work for less than scale?

 A. UBCP has an Ultra Low Budget Program in order to allow Union Members and producers the ability to work together on low-budget productions while protecting the rights of the performers. Currently the Union offers three Ultra Low Budget Programs; Student Ultra Low Budget Program, 20/20 Ultra Low Budget Program and the standard Ultra Low Budget Program. Click here for details: http://www.ubcp.com/agreements/ultra-low-budget-programs/

 Q. I would like to be an extra in a movie. How can I get work?

 A. You should find an Extras agent. If you need help finding an agent a good place to start is by reviewing the list of licensed talent agencies. The list can be found online at the following link: http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/licensing/ta.htm

 Q. How can I get my child into commercials?

 A. You will need to have an agent represent them. A list of licensed Agents is available here: http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/licensing/ta.htm

 Q. What should I do if I think I deserve an upgrade?

 A. Your first course of action should be to discuss it on set. If it is not resolved to your satisfaction bring it to the attention of your agent. It the situation is still unresolved refer to the production list for the name of the Rep for the production you are working on. You can then call or email the Rep to address your situation.

 Q. How can I get my child into commercials?

 A. You will need to have an agent represent them. A list of licensed Agents is available here: http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/licensing/ta.htm

 Q. What should I do if I think I deserve an upgrade?

 A. Your first course of action should be to discuss it on set. If it is not resolved to your satisfaction bring it to the attention of your agent. It the situation is still unresolved refer to the production list  for the name of the Rep for the production you are working on. You can then call or email the Rep to address your situation.

 Q. I was in a movie several years ago. Who do I speak to about residuals?

 A. Contact our residuals department or email Kaayla.kenna@ubcp.com.

 Q. I need some financial help. How do I contact the Actors Fund of Canada?

 A. The toll free number is 1-877-399-8392. If you need an application form you can get on online at www.actorsfund.ca.

 Q. I am a Union member can I work on a student film?

 A. Contact our Ultra Low Budget administrator at ulbprogram@ubcp.com for more information.  

 Q. I am a Union member can I do a non-Equity theatre production?

 A. You must contact Canadian Actors’ Equity at www.caea.com.

 Q. How can I tell if a production is a Union production?

 A. All productions which are currently signed with the Union are on our Production List or ULB list. Just look under “What’s Shooting” on our webiste.

 Q. Can you recommend an accountant or lawyer who specializes in accounting or law for performers? 

 A. We are not able to recommend anyone, but you can contact the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (604-681-3264) http://www.ica.bc.ca/kb.php3 or the Certified General Accountants Association (604-732-1211) http://www.cga-bc.org/ to get information on accountants and you can reach the Law Society at http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/ (604-669-2533). 

 Q. I received a payment for a show I did and I don’t understand some of the deductions, or it’s incorrect who do I call?

 A. Call us and ask who the Assistant Rep assigned to the particular production is. That individual will be able to help you.

 Q. I want to make an anonymous complaint. How do I do that?

 A. You will need to speak to the Rep assigned to the production and tell them your complaint. There is no requirement to use your name. It only becomes necessary to use your name when you are pursuing an incident on your own behalf for which you are seeking compensation.

 Q. How do I join the Union?

 A. (click)

 Q. How can I upgrade my skills?

  A. UBCP has a Member Education Progam that offers various courses throughout the year so keep your eye on our website and on your email. There are also courses and workshops offered all over the Lower Mainland and in other regions of British Columbia. Ask other performers what has worked for them. Visit Vancouver Actors Guide (click) and ask around.  

 Q. What is the difference between cancelled days and rescheduled days for film & TV?

 A. If you have are booked for a day which has been cancelled, you are paid 100% of your contracted rate.  Whereas if you are rescheduled it is dependent on the time frame of notification: less than 24 hour notice is 100%; between 24 and 48 hours is 50%; and greater than 48 hours no payment is due.

 Q. Do I get breakfast when I arrive on set?

 A. Not necessarily.  You are only entitled to breakfast if you have been notified at Call time.  It is always best to assume you will not receive breakfast so you should eat before you arrive.

 
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