What’s the cushiest job for an actor? Well, I’m a professional television writer. And in my opinion, there’s no cushier job than the lead actor of an animated sitcom. That’s because they work about two days a week. And the first day is only for about an hour. That’s when the actors come to the table read, and read the script out loud so that the writers get a sense of what’s working, and what’s not working. A few days later, the actors come back for the recording session. That’s when we put the actors in the booth with a microphone overhead and they record the script into the microphone. And that usually takes about half a day or so for a lead actor. They don’t have to show up for hair. There’s no makeup, there’s no wardrobe. They can come wearing whatever they want. 

They don’t even have to memorize a script, which takes a lot of time and effort. They can just read it right off the script, into the microphone, and boom, they’re done. And for that, they get paid bank. Even a guest actor for an animated show gets paid good money. They get sag scale, which is about $900. Now for a days worth of work on an animated show, they have to come prepared to do about three voices. That’s usually what you get for 900$, but $900 for a few hours of the work, that’s pretty good.

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Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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