Participant Safety & Best Practices
While you may be eager to add credits to your resume, clips to your reel, and gain valuable experience as quickly as possible, your personal safety is more important than any IMDB credit, screening, or award.
Participants from all over the world are allowed to make a short, form a team, or participate in Project Twenty1 shorts. While that means that our community is expansive and inclusive, it means that Project Twenty1 cannot vet, screen or vouch for everyone who participates. Participants vary greatly in experience level and professionalism. Whether it be an audition, shoot day, a meeting with a potential filmmaker, producer, casting agent, etc., here are some precautions you can take as a cast member, crew member, or general participant:
- Look out for one another. If another Participant looks like they’re uncomfortable, ask if they are okay. If they’re not, use your best judgment to help diffuse the situation. As a community-powered organization, we must hold one accountable as a community to ensure the safety of all participants. Simply put, don’t be creepy. This project is intended for those serious about making content that is entertains, inspires, and mutually helps the careers of all participants. This is not for folks who just want an opportunity to look like a big shot producer or be around beautiful people.
- Before attending an audition or shoot day, you should make sure you have as much information as possible. Get a contact number and a full address for the opportunity. Let friends or family know where you’re going.
- The most important thing to remember is that you should always feel comfortable. If you wish, ask to bring a friend or partner to the audition or first meeting with a person you do not know. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to voice your concerns. No means no.
- Project Twenty1 does not allow pornography under any circumstances. If nudity is required for the project then privacy and a separate changing space or facility should be provided. Again, if you feel you are being asked to do something with which you are uncomfortable, STOP. Do not be pressured into a situation you feel is inappropriate. If nudity, including partial nudity, is going to form a part of the audition then it is good practice that this has been made clear to you beforehand, either in the initial casting notice or follow-up communications.
- Similar handling should apply to jobs where stunts, stage fighting or other potentially dangerous pursuits are to be undertaken. Cast and crew should be made aware of this prior to audition/rehearsals and appropriate safety precautions should be in place. If you are in any doubt and feel uncomfortable, you should refuse to go further until your mind can be set at rest. Remember, your safety is of paramount importance.
- If you feel that you are in an unsafe or illegal situation, call your local law enforcement immediately. If you have had a particularly bad experience, make sure you inform your agent or union if applicable. If the casting was made through Project Twenty1 we would also be keen to hear your experience so we can continue to protect our Participants.
- As long as you are sensible and trust your common sense, you are unlikely to get into difficulty. The vast majority of castings and crewing will be safe, professional and enjoyable experiences.
- No quid pro quo: No one should be forced to donate money, resources, or “favors” of any kind for a casting or crewing opportunity.
Welcome to our community! Above all, be safe, have fun, and make something great!