If you have been following me Twitter you would know that I have been very vocal about unionizing the South African entertainment industry. Getting paid is one of the main reason I believe unionizing will benefit our people.
To think that celebrities in South Africa are lucky to get paid for their contracted work ((SIGH)) — celebs overseas get paid to be guests on entertainment programs in the US and the UK. The payment depends on what the show is categorised as by American Federation of Television and Radio Actors.
While guests on anything produced by cable or network news, like news sources, don’t get paid, appearing on late night talk shows gets them a cheque. Most late night talk shows are considered entertainment so their guests are paid at least the AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors) minimum of $726 (about R9000) per episode.
Unfortunately when it comes to daytime talkshows, not all pays. For instance, Wendy Williams revealed that guests get paid to be on her show. The same does not go for The Ellen Degeneres show, even though they both considered daytime talk shows, Ellen's guests get fokol!
All that payment option is facilitated by unions regulations in those countries. This is why we need unions in the South African entertainment industry. Artists in this country have no protection whatsoever. A life spent in the industry, is a life wasted if you dont save every cent you earn — which isn't much by the way and you have to deal with an industry which is filled with people who just want your services and to exploit your talent for free.
In the US, if you're a member of one of the Big Three unions; Actors' Equity Association, the Screen Actors' Guild, or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — health care coverage and pension stipend.
Even the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, reportedly gets a $110 000 Screen Actor's Guild pension. He receives this because he has had credited work on TV/Film, even if it's mostly cameos, and he is a member of SAG.