Employment Agreement : Actors
How To Use
This review list is provided to inform you about this document in question and assist you in its preparation. This Actor’s Employment Agreement can be used for many similar types of endeavors. You can modify it for one time employment easily. The Agreement calls for no residuals or future payments. This is to protect the Employer from later payments, bookkeeping, and the like.
Make multiple copies. Give one to the Actor; one to the Employer for the project file and another for the Employee file (this agreement sets up the Actor as an “Employee”; if you wish to make them a 1099 Independent Contractor you can do so by inserting that language in the text).
If a 1099 Contractor, “Actor agrees that they shall work as an Independent Contractor for Employer and be responsible for all taxes thereto”. This language should be inserted at the end of the above agreement.
In these circumstances, if the Actor does a one-time job being an Independent Contractor is totally justified. The longer the work continues the more the Actor is functioning like an employee and the more risk the Employer would take on by paying them as a 1099 Independent Contractor. If in doubt, consult your accountant on this matter. The IRS is very skeptical of Independent Contractor status when the individual is under the direct control of an Employer. They are even more skeptical if that relationship continues over a period of time. Be so advised.
Employment Agreement: Actors
____________________________________, referred to as the EMPLOYER, and ___________________________________, referred to as the ACTOR, agree:
ACTOR is engaged to perform the part of ___________________ in a play entitled ________________________________________________ herein referred to as the “play.” ACTOR warrants that he has had a full opportunity to review the script and directions of the play.
ACTOR shall attend _______________________ rehearsals, as the same are scheduled by the EMPLOYER, and shall participate in the same in good faith and shall fully and professionally cooperate with the directors and producers and other support staff selected by the EMPLOYER. In addition, ACTOR shall participate in such promotional events as may be requested by the EMPLOYER.
The term of employment under this agreement shall be for the run of the play beginning on ____________________ and concluding on ____________________, unless earlier terminated as provided herein, or, unless the production is closed earlier, in which case the agreement shall terminate at the close of the production.
ACTOR grants to EMPLOYER the right to use ACTOR’s name and image in connection with advertising of the play, including the right to use of video and audio clips not exceeding 30 seconds within commercial or promotional material. ACTOR explicitly gives up any rights to residuals or other payments related to this production being taped, filmed, videoed, or otherwise duplicated and used in the future for any purpose whatsoever.
In consideration of the artist’s services the Manager shall pay to the artist $_______ (________________________________________________________ & _____/100 dollars) for every performance to be paid weekly.
The services to be performed herein are agreed by the parties to be unique and personal, and ACTOR agrees that he shall be subject to an injunction requiring that the ACTOR refrain from any acting, direction or other employment related to acting or entertainment throughout the world during the term of this agreement except herein.
Prior to the scheduled termination herein, the EMPLOYER in its sole discretion may terminate this contract and pay herein shall end with the performance immediately prior to the termination for: artistic reasons, with the judgment of the EMPLOYER being final; acts, including acts during the personal time of the ACTOR which adversely affect the reputation of the production, with the judgment of the EMPLOYER being final, or, failure of the ACTOR to appear for rehearsal or other commitments provided for herein.
Social Security Number: _______________________