How much money do corpse actors earn?


By web gangsta | Published:

Have you thought about the easiest way to break in to acting?  Sometimes you just need to play dead.

Literally.

Is He Dead?: A Comedy in Three Acts (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)
Is He Dead?:
A Comedy in Three Acts
(Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

Acting can be tough, but sometimes it’s needed to have an actor as a dead body rather than using a dummy or other special effect.

So how much can dead actors earn, just for lying on a gurney or shot dead on a zombie movie set?

Remember – “acting dead” is a bit more complicated than “not breathing while on camera”.  It’s not all roses.

According to the Wall Street Journal, DEAD ACTORS CAN EXPECT TO EARN abuot $140 for an eight-hour day of non-work…. assuming you’ve gotten your SAG card.

If your death is a bit more gruesome than others, you may earn additional hazard pay – anything from $15 extra a day to much more, depending on how much stress you have to go through.  And if your character is a major piece of the plot, you may earn an extra $100 for props and other background requirements.

So is playing dead worth the effort?  Sure – you won’t make a living be a professional dead actor, but it’s a way to get by and fill in the gaps on your acting resume while you wait to be discovered.