FAQs


Below you will find the answer to some of the more common questions we are asked . If you don’t see the answer here drop us a line. We will do our best to help you out.


WHY DO YOU NEED SO MUCH SIZE INFORMATION?

  1. We use the size information we receive to sort people tons of ways . We need stand ins for Actors and we aim for the stand ins to be the same height, weight and hair colour as the actor.

  2. Also in the case of extras we specifically need suit / dress sizes / waist and inseam to fit people into existing costumes.  If we need an officer in a scene and have a police uniform that is a 44R we will sort for an extra based on suit size.



WHY DO YOU NEED PROOF OF RESIDENCY IF YOU HAVE MY SIN?

  1. A SIN is available to all Canadian citizens, the province of residency is used when determining tax credits for different projects.



I WAS IN A FEW TIMES BUT NOW I DON’T GET CALLED ANYMORE. WHY?

  1. A lot of people want to be an extra - it is a great way to make money, you can meet fun people and it can be really interesting. We spread extra calls around to make sure everyone has a chance.

  2. We also have to be really careful about making sure that people do not get too much screen time- if we are doing a movie and we have someone in a scene in a park , in a hospital and in a store it can look odd - especially if that person is very distinctive. 

  3. Finally if you have been on set and were disruptive, bothered the cast or crew or did not take direction, we may get a note from the ADs not to bring you back in. This is a job, and though it can be a fun job at the end of the day we need you to be smart and professional about being an extra just as you would for any other job.



HOW CAN I GET AN AUDITION?

    To be informed of current audition opportunities please join the Casting By Maggie & Republic

     of Doyle Facebook Group  HERE and / or sign up for the newsletter  ( Just there on the left !)

  1. We also go through the database and select people we think might suit a role and contact them directly - so for example if a client is looking for men with white beards we will email those in the database to see if they are interested.



WHY ARE THERE SO FEW JOBS FOR MINORS?

  1. Actors and extras under 16 are limited by Union and Labour Laws to a specific number of work hours based on age. These requirements will limit the number of occasions we can call actors under 16.

  2. Actors and extras under 16 require a chaperone on set. The chaperone has to be a responsible adult- in general someone over 21 that can take responsibility for the actor. Usually it is a parent ; older  sibling, caretaker,  aunt , uncle etc ... This person will have to sign contracts etc on behalf of those under 16. 


WHY DO CREW GET TO EAT FIRST?

  1. Certain unions in the crew have rules that state that lunch hour begins once the final person is through the lunch line - thus we need to get them through and seated as quickly as possible.



WHY ALL THE RULES AROUND WARDROBE?

  1. All our rules around wardrobe exist for a reason.

  2. Logos of any kind.  - We have to be careful around copyright law - so best with no logos.

  3. Red, neons, grey, all black or all white  - the camera picks up these colours weirdly Geometric designs or stripes. Again these jump on camera.

  4. Black suit jackets. (if possible) The camera does not like large expanses of black

  5. Loud shoes. Soft-soled shoes are a must! Even flip flops are loud.  Closed-toed shoes are also important for safety.  No white or florescent sneakers.


ARE YOU AN AGENT? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

A CASTING DIRECTOR AND AN AGENT?

  1. I am a Casting Director . The difference between agents and casting directors is that an agent works for the actors - the casting directors work for the producers.  An agent will work to get you auditions;  do contracts etc for a percentage of your pay ( usually 10%-20% ) .

  2. A casting director is hired by a producer to find background, actors or models for print film or television projects. They are paid a flat rate by the producer depending on the project .  

  3. Casting Directors keep profiles of  actors, models and just regular folks available to fill any possible role that might appear - so when a producers says I need 15 school kids for a scene tomorrow they go through their database to find suitable people.