Some background performers are getting a raise following a tentative deal reached between SAG-AFTRA and the four major television broadcast networks on the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code).
SAG-AFTRA’s talks with producers may hinge on background performers.
Even the greats had to start somewhere!
Jeff Olan casts background performers on hit TV shows (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and feature films through his casting company, Jeff Olan Casting, and has expanded to principal roles (“Co-Existence”).
A stand-in is a person who literally stands in for an actor to help the camera department light the set and focus the camera. A good stand-in helps save time, which saves the production money.