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Professional Conduct

SAG-AFTRA's recommended rules while on set.

Reminder of Professional Conduct for Talent

In order to be recognized by others as a professional and to protect the dignity of the entire acting profession, members are advised of the following guidelines:

1. Always carry your paid-up SAG-AFTRA card or receipt of payment from the Membership Department.
2. Make sure that you arrive on the set on time, with required wardrobe and/or props. It is better to arrive early than to report late.
3. Be courteous and attentive.
4. Remember: Fill out your contract or voucher with care, making sure all information is legible and appears on all copies. Keep your own records of hours worked, meal breaks, etc. Make sure you note all wardrobe and props supplied at the request of the Producer.
5. Bring along some busy work. Part of working sometimes requires hours of idleness on the set.
6. Never leave the set without getting approval from the Assistant Director.
7. Smoke only in designated areas. This is a matter of courtesy.
8. The professional Background Actor is always prepared to take down the reporting location, date and time of a call, as well as the required wardrobe.
9. Once you are hired, you have been hired until released by the production company. In short, do not ask to leave early and do not leave early.
10. Notify Casting Director of potential conflicts caused by other bookings immediately.

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