We take a look at how much TV actors and voice-over artists earn in South Africa.
For local actors who can’t, or don’t want to take their talents to Hollywood, the South African TV scene offers a platform for a decent living to be made.
How much money local TV actors make was brought to the public’s attention in 2014, when SABC soapie Generation’s actors went on strike over a pay dispute.
The stars of the show were asking for R60,000 per month, which was said to be much higher than what their peers were earning.
We asked a local actor to provide an overview of how much money there is to be made in the SA TV scene in 2015 – which is detailed below.
According to a seasoned local actor, main actors in South African soapies can earn between R25,000 to R60,000 per month.
R60,000 was at the high-end of the scale, and not the norm for main cast members, said the actor.
Supporting actors can earn between R1,500 to R5,000 per call – which is a 12-hour day of work. “Stars” can earn up to R6,000 per call, he said.
For extras in a show – usually non-speaking roles, and who can be untrained people “off the street” – R250 to R500 per call is the going rate.
Following the Generations strike in 2014, Times Live published an article about what local TV actors earn.
The salaries were based on information from the South African Guild of Actors – detailed in the table below.
Source : Online