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Is it legal in the state of California to hire a non-union actor and pay nothing or less than min. wage?

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A lot f the actor forums or listing sites that have breakdowns for various types of projects and roles therein (film, webseries etc.) say that their pay rate is "none" or it breaks down to less than minimum wage. I just dont see how this is legal--in no other profession would someone ask you to do a day or 3 or 5 of work for free and actually expect that one would say yes. Is there a law about this? If this is in fact legal, why?!

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No, that would not be legal . The actor must be paid at least minimum wage, even if non-union.


Performing artists are governed by Wage Order 12. Please see the wage order that outlines all of the wage and hour rules related to your industry.

Good luck to you.

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