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"Only In SA Can An Actor Be On A Hit Show And Still Be Broke" - Phil Mphela

It's not a secret that there's a lot of work that needs to be done to eradicate the system that continues to exploit creatives. We've had a ton of conversations about how actors are not payed enough for their contributions in the entertainment industry. The people that get the bigger piece of the pie are overlooking this conversation because it's a threat to their exorbitant lifestyles. Join us as we unpack more of the story below.

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https://twitter.com/PhilMphela/status/1559536603667775491?s=19

Entertainment Commentator Phil Mphela has sparked a very interesting conversation about how the creatives space is not paying actors accordingly. You'd be surprised of the amount of actors that go broke after leaving shows because they are surviving paycheck to paycheck. They are not getting enough money to keep them going. Ramie Chuene who had a controversial exit from The Queen once jotted a very informative thread on this topic (I'd advise that you check it out on Twitter).

Jumping from one show to another

Next time you see an actor being casted in multiple shows don't be quick to jump into conclusions. As much as we have to open up the industry and let young people showcase their amazing work, they also have bills to pay. Most productions opt for the safest way - which is hiring actors that have experience.

How does a show generate money

Besides their usual license fees that are paid by the channel, a production can make use of multiple ways to increase their revenue. Part of this includes sponsorships and advertising. A big chuck of this money goes into production, salaries and other variable costs. An average show can generate fairly enough money to reward their actors - they just choose not to.

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