What is An Actors Work Log?
An actors work log is a useful tool that can be used to track hours worked and be sure that you, as the actor, are getting paid correctly. The work log can also be used to track auditions and call-backs. This can be helpful if at a later date you need to refer back to time worked. A work log can do something else, and that is, to prevent you from getting discouraged. As you go from one audition to another you might get discouraged, but by using work log you can reference back to it and look at the successes as well.
In the entertainment industry actors sometimes rely too heavily on agents or producers to make sure they are getting paid correctly. However, people are busy and as humans we make errors. Unlike a standard 9 to 5 job, a actors work hours will vary from day to day, week to week, and month to month. So, it often falls upon the actor to be sure that he or she is getting paid correctly. A way to not forget your hours is to use some type of work tracking method. This is what the actors work log is.
Possibly the most well-known names is the Actors Holdon Log. The book provides a detailed log for auditions, follow-ups, expenses, and much more. The book has a nice spiral binder and thick cover. The Holdon can be ordered directly through the company’s website.
If you are looking for something a little cheaper a few people have made generic copies of the Holdon that they have published to Amazon. The first one is a smaller 6 x 9, 120-page version. The cover is a bright orange the will help it stand out in your bag. If you are looking for a larger one someone created a, 8.5 x 11, 131-page version.