Facts about NDBs

By | 2016-10-18T16:23:32+00:00 August 14th, 2013|Concepts, Editorial, Principles, Terminology|3 Comments

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Sara DeRosa (Senior Contributor, Stand-In Central) has worked as an actor and a stand-in on numerous television and film sets in New York City. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and a graduate of the two-year conservatory program at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Sara has been featured as an unsung hero on Entertainment Tonight and in the ELLE Magazine Women In Hollywood issue for her stand-in work. Sara loves living in New York City, and her favorite sets she has worked on are Madam Secretary, Gossip Girl, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. http://www.saraderosa.com


  1. Brooke March 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I’m on a big tv set right now as a BG PA. This was VERY helpful information to help me fill in the gaps and learn quicker! Thank you!

  2. ptouch March 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    What happens if you are NOT given a NDB? what is the penalty?

  3. Ben Hauck, Editor March 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    If you’re not given an NDB, and if you do not break for a meal by 6 hours after your calltime, and if you’re working as union, on most television and film sets you will accrue penalties at 6:01, 6:31, 7:01, etc. The first is $7.50, then next is $10, and the subsequent ones are $12.50 each. If you are working in non-dramatic television, on a commercial, on a CW television project, a New Media project, or a lower budget film, expect different penalties. Commercials will probably have more lucrative penalities.

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