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  • NAB - Make money..? 03/11/2018  9:54am

    Hi guys, I am in quite a pickle!!

    In a fit of anger, I walked out of my horrible (and honestly, was making $70 for a 9 hour shift) serving job on thursday. I had been there for a month and couldn't take it anymore. Sure, it wasn't the *best* idea to leave without something for sure lined up but i was at my wits end!

    I also didn't realize it's already 11 days in march and bills/rent are coming fast...I have literally $300 to my name with no savings.

    Any ideas on how to make some money fast that doesn't include anything sketchy?? I am getting another horrible serving job stat, but I know there will be at least a 2 week turnaround to get money.

    It's tough out here y'all and i'm ready to hustle....


    You can look into Background work. Non Union is $125/10 hours I think. Still takes a week to get checks, but better than two.

    Can register with Central Casting for free. They usually start calling you right when you register. Also submit on Casting Networks.

    Bwayluver 03/11/2018  11:14am

    thank you!! does anyone feel the $25 registration charge to start a casting networks account is worth it?

    ganymede 03/11/2018  2:32pm


    I did the same exact thing with my serving job. I would 100% recommend catering. It's ideal because you can accept or deny any shift that comes your way (so if you have a big audition the next day, or receive a callback, etc, you're not beholden to your weekly schedule). You also know exactly how much money you'll get paid beforehand because it's hourly (usually $18-$30 an hour), so you can plan out your shifts accordingly. Since you also need good $ fast, catering is nice because there usually is no training period- you're on the floor doing work usually days after your interview.

    The only splurge that comes with catering is that you have to buy outfits for it- but it repays itself. With your serving experience you'd definitely get hired by those big companies!!

    4329 03/11/2018  2:53pm

    ^^^This. Apply for some places before the busy season starts, this time of year is used to staff up for spring. My company (Great Performances) is currently still in need!
    Catering is great, but be aware that’s it’s still on call/temp based work, but prove yourself useful and you’ll most of the time be ok

    Showbizdreamer 03/11/2018  3:27pm

    Absolutely. If you’re lucky you can work 5 days a week so worth it. Just have some clear photos.

    Bwayluver 03/11/2018  4:06pm

    Just want to emphasize that background work paychecks take at least 3 weeks on average for non-SAG actors, sometimes longer. Not sure if union get them any faster.

    Background work is a great gig if you have an entire day free and nothing else going on. You can book it pretty last minute (and if you sign up for free with Central Casting, they’ll find some of the work FOR you). You get magical, inconsistent wallet-padding in your mailbox.

    In all seriousness, though, good on you for getting out of that other job.

    VorpalDormouse 03/11/2018  6:06pm

    The non-union rate for background work actually went up recently, it's now 143/10 (or something like that!). Yes the fee for Casting Networks is worth it. Background work is so, so fun. For most people, at least. If you don't like getting paid to do mostly nothing it may not be for you. But if you need money, hey!

    persimmons 03/13/2018  9:37pm