Background actors are essential in creating the entire tone, mood and atmosphere of any feature film or television scene.

Given the increasing necessity of production efficiency, an educated and professional background talent pool is a must. SAG-AFTRA offers helpful information and forms to Background Actors to sustain a successful background career.

Be sure to download our Background Actors Digest. Regularly updated with the latest rates, this digest should address many questions you may have. 

We hope the following information and FAQs will further assist professionals in the background community.

Contact Us

If you do not find the answer to your question below, please contact SAG-AFTRA’s Background Actors Department in Los Angeles at (323) 549-6811 or New York at (212) 827-1553.

Use the form Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form 2 for TV/Theatrical Productions below if you worked as a Background Actor under a Theatrical or Television Contract. DO NOT use this form for upgrade claim inquiries.

Use the form Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form for TV/Theatrical Productions – Upgrade Only below if you worked as a Background Actor under a Theatrical or Television Contract, and wish to file a claim inquiry for upgrade to Principal Performer.

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Background Actors Digest
Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form 2 for TV/Theatrical Productions
Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form for TV/Theatrical Productions – Upgrade Only
Claim Inquiry Form Background Actors New York
Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form - TV/Theatrical - New England Local
Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form - TV/Theatrical - Upgrade Only - New England Local
Claim Form for Loss or Damage to Wardrobe or Property - Background Actors
National TV Show Sheet
New York Production Show Sheet
Los Angeles Background Casting Agencies List
SAG-AFTRA Central Shows
SAG-AFTRA TH Production

 

TV/Theatrical Background FAQs

 

Commercials Background FAQs

 

Co/Ed Background FAQs

 

Music Background FAQs

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