General Info

General Info

Guys & Dolls Casting are a very professional agency that works to the highest possible standards and we expect the same from our Artistes.
Please have a read of the information below.

How We Contact You

All artistes must have a mobile phone in the interests of professionalism and obtaining work.

We send a lot of our jobs offers out by email as it means we can provide lots more information about the job. If replying to job offers by email please ensure you leave your full name, not just your surname.

Please read the email/text carefully before deciding whether a reply is needed – sometimes the message will be for informational purposes only and requires no action. There is no need to let us know you are unavailable, if we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you are unavailable.

We also recommend you have a voicemail facility on your mobile.

Our jobs offers are usually on a first come first served basis so please reply ASAP if you are available.

Checking In for Job Details

When you are booked on a job through us you will emailed a detailed briefing the business day before your job. Please ensure you always reply (with your full name) to the briefing, that way we won’t have to chase you all evening.
Please read the information carefully and plan your journey well in advance.

Clothing

Clothes are the tools of your trade.
Unless specifically instructed, please do not turn up looking scruffy. Always appear well-groomed.
Please avoid white and red and anything brightly colourful or striped unless requested. We recommend all Artistes have a smart business outfit.

Getting to your job

Punctuality is the absolute key to yours and our reputation. Your brief (that you will receive by email as mentioned above) will include information on how to get to your job but it’s your responsibility to get to the location time!
If you are running late for whatever reason (even if it’s only 5 minutes) or there’s any other problem you must call us on our emergency mobile (outside office hours 9am – 6pm) or in the office. Both numbers can be found on the back of your Guys & Dolls photo ID card. We will then be able to call the Assistant Director and apologise on your behalf and inform them of your expected time of arrival and/or make necessary alternative arrangements.

Finding Locations

Please plan your journey in advance and allow enough time for traffic or train delays/cancellations.
Transport for London – Journey Planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
National Rail – Journey Planner http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search
Google Maps – https://www.google.co.uk/maps

Cancelling Jobs & No Shows

If you accept a job from us and then cancel, it makes us look very unprofessional as the production company will already have your details. Making late changes to jobs upsets the smooth running of a production and gives us and them stress and can lead to Agencies losing work. If you are booked for a job and then cancel it or fail to turn up for a job and we cannot find a suitable replacement you will have to pay us £15 plus VAT for each days work you have lost the agency. Artistes who take jobs then cancel will find it hard to do well with Guys & Dolls.

Conduct on Set

Your main point of contact on a job is the 2nd Assistant Director. When meeting your AD please say in a friendly manor, “Hello, my name is ………., I’m from Guys & Dolls, what would you like me to do first?” Remember, a smile goes a long way! On arrival you will be issued with a salary voucher (chit). Sometimes you will need to fill in some of your information and other times the chit will be completed already and will only require a signature. Please remember your National Insurance number is on your Guys & Dolls photo ID card.
Please do not wander off as you could be needed at any time. Remember, there can be a lot of waiting around.
At wardrobe and hair & make up each department will check you over and if necessary mark your chit and make a note of any props and clothing you have been given.
Please note mobile phones, digital cameras and recording equipment is not permitted on or around set at any time.
Whether in a rehearsal or filming you need to remain alert as a particular sequence may be filmed a number of times from different angles. For this reason please remember your first position and what you have been told to do. Please keep noise to a minimum at all times unless otherwise instructed.
At the end of the day your salary voucher (chit) needs to be signed off by an Assistant Director. Please be patient and treat the crew with the respect they deserve.
DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT HAVING YOUR CHIT SIGNED AS YOU WILL NOT GET PAID.
Please note that usually on commercials, pop promos, corporate videos and stills you will not be issued with a chit. Instead you will be asked to sign a release form. The production company will then tell us the hours that you have done but it’s advisable to keep your own record of this.

Drugs and Alcohol

During the day’s work, an Artiste must not consume any alcohol.
If any Artiste is seen with, or is believed to have taken any illegal drugs, they will be dropped from our books immediately.

Hanging Around

Sometimes during a shoot there can be a lot of hanging about between your times on set, it is a good idea to take a book.
If you are a person who cannot handle waiting around for long periods of time then this business is definitely not for you.

Other things to remember

1.Do not take a camera with you.
2.Do not go round asking for autographs.
3.Do not argue with any other Supporting Artistes or members of the production team. If you have a grievance, please don’t let it show, just call us, that’s what we’re here for.
4.Always make sure that mobile phones are switched off when on or near the set.
5.Do not attempt to start conversations with the Actors unless spoken to first.
6.All Supporting Artistes should keep a diary and carry it with them at all times so that you are aware of your availability when we contact you with work.
7.Please keep very quiet during shooting.
8.Do keep your Guys & Dolls ID card safe in your purse or wallet.
9. You will be expected to arrive at your location as early as 7am, so if you’re not one for getting out of bed very early in the morning, this is NOT the business for you.

We strongly suggest that you don’t stay out late the night before a job as production companies expect to people to arrive looking fresh.

Emergency Mobile (Outside of Office Hours)

This is the working Artistes emergency number. If you have any serious problems relating to the job and it is out of office hours, this is the number that you must call, leaving as much time as possible for us to make alternative arrangements if necessary. But please remember Artistes cancelling jobs is not something that is taken lightly by us.
You will find the emergency number on the back of your Guys & Dolls photo ID card.

Rates of Pay

Please click here to find information on all the different rates of pay that apply in this business.

Admin Fee

This fee covers all the administration work that goes into registering you as an artiste with us. The admin fee is £75 + VAT and will be deducted from the first job you are paid from after registration/re-registration.
This fee will only be taken once for each 18 month registration period whilst you are still registered with Guys & Dolls and is non-refundable. This makes Guys & Dolls fees the lowest of all the major agents in this industry!
A remittance will be emailed to the email address you have given to us. Please note: We only send remittances by email.

Process for getting paid

According to our Artistes, Guys & Dolls are the fastest paying agent in the industry, which is nice to know!
We always pay out directly as soon as we receive the payment from the production company.
All artistes must have a bank account as we only pay by BACS electronic transfer.
It is your responsibility to ensure your bank details are up-to-date within the Artiste Area. If you have any payment enquiries please only email [email protected]

Commission

Our commission rates are as follows:
Background 15% Features (TV & Film) 18%
Walk-on Commercials 18%, Photographic Work 18%
Parts 20%

Please remember you are not employed by Guys & Dolls, you are employed through us!
We do not stop tax from your earnings; it is your responsibility to inform the Inland Revenue