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Nancy Fulton: Hiring Cast & Crew Legally Nationwide with Castifi
Failure to provide those who work on your projects with workers comp insurance and meeting other legal requirements can (and often does) translate into significant fines and other penalties. While you may call the people you work with to produce a project "volunteers", "contractors" or "interns" the IRS and state governments will almost certainly call them employees even if they are only working for a few hours. It's not difficult or expensive to hire people legally nationwide using Castifi.com.
For cast and crew . . . You should know that being hired under the table as an actor, writer, DP, etc exposes you to a lot of risks. Instead of accepting that risk you can ask folks to use Castifi to legally employ you while you work for them. Even getting paid minimum wage has value when it comes with necessary protections like workers compensation, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, etc.
I'm a writer/producer currently supporting 25,000 entertainment industry pros through online and face-to-face events. If you go to www.NancyFultonMeetups.com you'll find resources that will help you learn :
How to Make a Feature Film or Documentary for $10K that You Can Sell
How to Develop, Package, Fund, Produce, and Distribute a $1M+ Movie
How to Develop Budgets, Schooting Schedules, Marketing Plans, and Business Plans
How to Guarantee Distribution for Your Film or Documentary
How to Make Back End Deals with Key Cast & Crew
How to Write a Screenplay or Hire a Ghostwriter to Write it For You
How to Legally, Swiftly, Very Cheaply Hire Cast and Crew and Provide them with the Legally Required Workers Comp Coverage
How to Cheaply Insure Your Productions