Consecutive Employment

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If you have a specific question about consecutive employment or need further information, please contact a business representative at your SAG-AFTRA local office.

Performers shall be paid on a consecutive basis from the first day they are instructed to report for work, subject to the following:

Day Performers:

If, at the time of original engagement, the day performer is given a firm pick-up date which is more than 14 calendar days* after the close of his initial employment, compensation need not be paid for the intervening time.

Performers employed on a daily basis may be called back on a weekly basis with an "on or after" pick up date, thus allowing Producer a 24 hour leeway.

Whether recalled as a day performer or as a weekly performer, only one such break in employment is allowed per production.

Day performers on episodic television paid not less than double minimum may be dropped and picked up once in each episode, subject to a firm pick up date being given. All others have a 14 calendar day intervening period. This provision, however, does not apply to a day performer receiving major role billing under the day performer exception.

*This provision shall be 10 calendar days for domestic productions of theatrical films and features made primarily for television exhibition.


Performers may be recalled for retakes, added scenes, process shots, looping or trailers, after the completion for the performer’s work in principal photography, without payment for the intervening time.

Rehearsals (Long-form television and theatrical only):

If rehearsal is paid at the same rate as for photography, there is no consecutive employment between rehearsal and photography, subject to the performer's general availability and an on "on or about" or firm start date being given for principal photography. However, there is consecutive employment during rehearsal.