We have stumbled across a brand-new German Facebook page, Die traurigsten & unverschämtesten Künstler-Gagen & Auditionerlebnisse that is full of woe about low fees, unpaid auditions and other miseries of life on stage. It seems to be a response to an article in Der Spiegel, headlined ‘Hunger wages for performers: some film animals earn more.’
Here’s a sample:
Koblenz Theatre: West Side Story
‘At the audition, neither director nor choreographer are present, only a bad-tempered manager and a ballerina. One candidate is dismissed early, declared unfit. When artists take a long journey to audition, surely they can expect the creative team to be there….’
Also in Koblenz: Trained actor required. 50 Euros per show. No travel or accommodation expenses guaranteed.
Singer/dancers wanted for Hair. 75 Euros a night.
And so it goes….
UPDATE: But it doesn’t have to be like that. See here.