Pilot Survival Guide – Part 3: NDAs

Most of us are well aware if you sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that you don’t talk about the information you have received about a project.  You don’t write about it online, post on Facebook, copy or share sides with anyone. A project is auditioning now where actors have been asked not to show their sides to their agents. That also means coaches or teachers, parents or best friends.

It’s not just scripts that are subject to NDAs. Even a booking itself or a character’s name can be included in a contract. It can be the names of other actors booked who your child will be working with.

What happens if you violate an NDA, even accidentally?  You could lose a job. You could be sued. You could lose the chance to work again for a production team, a studio or a network. One of our members’ children nearly lost a major theatre role when someone she trusted posted online that her child booked the role before the producers could announce it.

Why do studios or production teams require NDAs?  Maybe the subject or storyline is secret and can be ruined if that secret gets out. More often, a studio wants to make a big announcement for publicity reasons. There are many reasons and they why isn’t as important as keeping the secret you and your child have agreed to keep.

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