Never pay for auditions: film board

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Mo­tion Pic­tures As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho (MPALE) has hit out at film­mak­ers charg­ing peo­ple for au­di­tion­ing, say­ing they were tar­nish­ing the im­age of the fledg­ling movie in­dus­try.

MPALE chair­per­son, Kalosi Ra­makhula, this week told the Week­ender they had come across a num­ber of posters in Maseru call­ing on peo­ple to au­di­tion for film roles for a fee. He said charg­ing peo­ple for au­di­tion­ing was not stan­dard prac­tice any­where in the world, and thus un­eth­i­cal.

“MPALE was es­tab­lished with the in­ten­tion of bring­ing to­gether film­mak­ers as well as to stan­dard­ise and in­dus­tri­alise the sec­tor,” Ra­makhula said.

“If as­pir­ing ac­tors are hav­ing to pay for auditions, we will not achieve any­thing as a bud­ding film in­dus­try since we would now be per­ceived as crooks.”

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion had re­solved to lobby the gov­ern­ment to come up with a pol­icy that reg­u­lated the film in­dus­try.

“What we plan to do is to plead with the gov­ern­ment to gazette a law that would for­bid such prac­tices, so we can have solid grounds to rep­ri­mand those peo­ple killing our in­dus­try,” said Ra­makhula.

“We also want to meet the peo­ple charg­ing for auditions so that we can hear their side of the story. Af­ter their pre­sen­ta­tion, we will then show them what we be­lieve is eth­i­cal be­hav­iour.”

He also urged as­pir­ing ac­tors to refuse to pay for au­di­tion­ing since it was un­eth­i­cal.

Film pro­ducer and di­rec­tor, Kaizer Mat­sumun­yane, echoed the sen­ti­ment say­ing pay­ing for an au­di­tion was lu­di­crous since it was sim­i­lar to an in­ter­view.

“Ask­ing peo­ple to pay to au­di­tion for any film pro­duc­tion is to­tally wrong be­cause it is just like when a com­pany is hold­ing in­ter­views for peo­ple to fill cer­tain po­si­tions and then ask­ing them to pay. It is not only un­rea­son­able, but also ridicu­lous,” he said.

“Film­mak­ing is still an emerg­ing in­dus­try in the coun­try, and it is a pity that we have peo­ple who see it as a way of mak­ing a quick buck. By so do­ing, they are de­stroy­ing what peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about the film sec­tor are try­ing to build.”

Re­sul­tantly, Mat­sumun­yane said, all film­mak­ers were be­ing painted with the same brush of be­ing ex­ploita­tive.

“Such peo­ple are tar­nish­ing our in­dus­try by tak­ing ad­van­tage of peo­ple who are des­per­ate to be on films,” he said.

“Some peo­ple now be­lieve that lo­cal film­mak­ers are out to make money from them, yet that does not ap­ply to all of us.”

Mat­sumun­yane added: “It is a pity that we don’t have laws that for­bid such con­duct which, in some coun­tries, is re­garded as a crime. What we can only do for now is warn peo­ple not to pay for auditions. Ac­tors are hired for their abil­ity to ex­e­cute their as­signed roles, and not be­cause they paid.”

MPALE chair­per­son Kalosi Ra­makhula.

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