OPINION: Film industry is easy cash for the lazy, carefree person

by | Jan 20, 2018 | A&E, Opinion

Dan Cauldle
Managing Editor

Compared to other professions, working in the film industry is a cakewalk.

The hours may be long and unregulated, but for the amount of money one can make being a background actor is worth it. Typically, I’m a background actor, but sometimes I’ve been assigned to be a stand-in.

You may get treated poorly by crew members, but at least you have the chance to see your favourite actors and actresses in the flesh. Although you can’t talk to these actors, you can see them and discover what they are really like.
And it really is the easiest way to make money.

On an average day, you can sleep, watch Netflix, crack jokes with your friends while at work. The best part is you can work on other skills while making money.

At times, you have to go to the set and do a few takes where you cross by the camera a couple of times, if you can walk and not fall down you pretty much are a shining star to the assistant directors.

But it’s not all fun and games. Sometimes you really do have to work.

While filming Star Trek: Discovery in Toronto this past summer, we started at 3:30 a.m. to get our make-up and hair done, as well as getting our costumes ready. Four hours later, the filming began: a 12-hour process of take and retake.

After doing this three days straight, your mind tends to wander and get a bit lost. However, my mind was made up the other two days in that week while filming Good Witch and being able to sleep for five hours and still get paid.

The only real problem is sometimes the caterers are not very good, so all you can think about is indulging in all-you-can-eat lunch, only to be disappointed and disgruntled because the steak is dry, or they forget the cherries on the cheesecake.

It is a job that allows you to make enough money to live comfortably while you work on side projects. It’s the perfect summer job. I can work hard all summer and make enough money to support myself through school worry free for the next eight months.

Not only that but if I did want to go to work during the school year I could easily pick up a day here and there, then bring my school work and complete it during my downtime.

Most weeks end up being 70 to 80 hours with very little sleep at night. Weekends allow you to catch up on sleep.

However, the benefits outweigh the negatives, allowing this to be the ultimate job for either those who need to make money while working on other projects or the lazy.