By May 3, 2018Blog Posts
As all of us Agents and Agencies get ready for the busy season to begin (ample amounts of caffeine and the promise of long nights ahead!), we want to make sure that you actors are as completely prepared as possible. Recently, we have covered self-tapes, the importance of training, and resume formatting. Another aspect (weapon if you will) that you must have in your arsenal is the knowledge of your responsibilities. Today we’ll cover ACTRA forms!
If/when you book a UNION project, you are responsible for finding and filling out the correct form with ACTRA (on time no less!). The following is a brief tutorial of the ACTRA Toronto website and how easy it is to navigate!
2.Click on ‘Performers’
3. Choose ‘Paperwork’
4. Choose ‘Permits’
5.  Choose what suits your needs!

Once the permits are filled out, they must be sent to ACTRA direct along with your Agent authorization form. This form directs all of your union mail, T4’s, cheques etc. to your Agency. This is necessary to ensure the cheque amounts are correct, commission owed is documented for you so there are no misunderstandings. Some Agencies will cash your cheques and send you your portion, other Agencies (Filmcomm) will allow you to cash your own cheques and invoice you for their portion. Every agency has their own policies regarding how they handle union cheques.

There is always an ACTRA steward assigned to each project to answer any questions you have regarding permit amounts etc.

Ensuring that your permits are applied for BEFORE you start filming will ensure no delay with your payments.

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