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  1. Default How much to Pay 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    St. Louis, MO
    If you've been scaring people for years, top notch actor in the building, how much do you think an owner should pay for one of the best actors? How much should new actors be paid and everything in between.

    Just wanted everyone's view.


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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    Use a merit system, have them bring in the scalps from each night , countem up!

    Happy customers exiting , no real complaints, people getting right back in line to buy another ticket......

    Then you KNOW for sure. the only thing is , this experience is usually not just all about THE MONEY.
    I sure try to do the right thing by my helpers here but I totally ruined a very good helper once , I gave him a cash bonus for a really good job. The next year he was out there, doing whatever his moods dictated, illreguardless of how purely annoying or hindering to other helpers and customers he was being.
    Nobody enjoyed, nobody was entertained, nobody was scared, then he decided to just not show up on a couple of the busiest nights of the year without warning because he took his "talents" down-the-road. The other place found they couldn't tolerate a loose cannon to such a degree either.
    All very sad. A waste of potential.

  3. Default Wage scale. 
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    Aug 2003
    Tyler, Texas, United States
    The top of the line real asset actor would compare to how much a DJ, an MC or band member would make in a night. Provided they are seriously bringing something to the event. So this ranges $120 to $200 a night. Wether they realize it or not, this sounds wonderful to make as much as $50 an hour but, this limits them to only being wanted on certain nights. If you don't reward someone that has invested in one or more quality characters they are indeed likely to become part of the midway instead of the cast.

    On the low end of the scale, slighltly above minimum wage is acceptable. It is maybe a dollar more than minimum wage because it is a temporary position. Then there is the fact that over the years with demonstrated investment and continued participation in education, they will increase a bit every year and one day might have that $20 per hour or more position.

    The lower end has occasional perks like coming to pick them up and get them back home to arranging others to car pool them their. Little things like that are really appreciated by those that can not provide for themselves or otherwise be left out of the fun.

    Because the entire involvement is under 90 days, they can be signed up from anything from having to report to a temporary company that will be handling the payroll to an independent contractor that will be making their own investment in the tools of the trade and will get paid in November. Making the bigger bucks also comes with the responcibility to genuinely provide a service to the event. They should be submitting a bill with some amount of pre agreed upon time to pay. This confirms their independent non employee status for tax purposes.

    It is also possible that this star is to realize his stardom is only required two nights per season and all other hours will be at a much reduced rate as he gets on the job familiarity with the type of customers and layout of the facilities.

    It is different per region but here $10 to $12 cost after taxed and such is quite the commitment from a company. Especially mutiplying this by 30 to 75 positions. So the normal increase from year to year is a scale of not being a problem, doing the job and progressing at 50 cents to $1 per year to the maximum $10 to $12 rate per hour. This might be 6 years of involvement.

    A star negotiation would have their own high quality costume developed, be able to explain or demonstrate what they are going to do and do what they said they were going to do.

    Any deal with an employee or long term character is difficult only in getting the what do you want from them. If the upper level wants to be treated like an employee they get employee rates. If they have the mindset of being able to provide a legitimate service as a signature character, sometime it is simply haveing the freedom to be who and where they want to be. I have watched events at wander in time and the bands and DJs and MCs aren't all that whereas the actors are in fact getting it and it is a shame they are not compensated at such levels.

    in the long run, those providing a service are worth 4 times the hassle of the ones that need everything provided to them to still do half of the job. On the same token there are a lot of unproven individuals that will walk right in and suggest that they be your partner with 60% of the door and they will show you how it is done, never having even been to a haunted house. Usually these kind of people have been to prison. I think they learn how to do this there and always have to go back for refresher courses it seems.

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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    ..and that 60% of the particulair "Door" they are referring to is the Women's Restroom door.
    50cents a peek through the magic veiw finder hidden in the center of the door.

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    Feb 2004
    Mexico, Missouri, United States
    Ya i would agree a percentage off the door! If they are in charge of all the actors. The very best & top actor you have you cant afford to loose this person. They can make or break your haunt and keep moral of your other actors up as long as you keep this person happy and on your side.
    Damon Carson

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    Jan 2005
    you mean us actors are supposed to make money? whooooooa wait a minute...
    Buried deep beneath Darksyde acres Haunted house In Michigan I'm the Best at what I do, What I do Isn't very NICE!

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    Nov 2007
    Maggie Valley, North Carolina, United States
    I never would have realized that the pay was so low on the scale. so i had always figured on what i could afford what i wnated to take home if any and to be willing to make exceptioons for those special individuals. wow 20 bucks an hours for a seasonal job you had better be good unless i am just making good money then i always agree with passing on the good fortune to others with bonuses or insintives.

    i think the big dollars would come down to camera views punctionality, scares, charachter, personality and dedication to the BLACK ARTS. LOL
    The Care Taker
    John "DarkTombCreations.com"

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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    ..and by chance would that $20 hr. pay check be directly connected to the black art of blackmailing the boss?
    I have had employment where this happened. My Father told me,"Never dip your pen in the company ink." (or then you will find yourself using ink to write out pay checks for some very unmotivated workmanship.)
    I used to watch as a female inkwell got a paycheck for a week but only working for about 3 hours each week.
    OK, I was jealous, I just wasn't the Bosse's type, I guess?
    He was too tall, and the bloody butcher knife he always was holding in his left hand made me nervous too!
    He was a surgeon. Never saved even one cow, pig or chicken that he worked on.

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    Jul 2005
    Martinsburg, Ohio
    Tell me this... Sort of on the same topic...

    If you had a 3rd year actor, someone who stuck with you through good times and bad. Helped with building, developed promotional materials (radio and tv commercials, flyers, website design, etc.), made their own costumes, and acted in the show. At the LEAST a solid 3 to 4 month commitment to your show every year. Certainly an asset if not more.

    All of a sudden, this person doesn't show up on a Saturday night (second weekend in the season) and doesn't return for the rest of the season. No explanation, just for "personal reasons".

    No amounts previously agreed upon, only an understanding that they would be duely compensated as they had in years past. Would you pay this person?

    Would you at least return their phone calls? Return equipment to them that they had let you borrow?
    To look meant danger, to smile meant death!

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    May 2007
    Clinton Twp, Michigan

    I would pay this person what ever the lowest paid actor recieved an hour for they hours they had worked that year. I would also make sure that they got any personal items that they owned returned to them. And I would for sure call them back.

    Howie "Slobber" Erlich
    Deadly Intentions Haunted House

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