Firestarter entertainment


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for me to receive my check after I book a job?

Always expect to be paid between 4 to 6 weeks from the date of your final shoot date. If you do not receive payment by then, please feel free to reach out to your agent directly to inquire. But, be assured, that if we have not received payment within the 4 to 6 week time frame, we are most likely already looking into it on your behalf.

How long does it take to process my check after FSE receives it?

Here is our standard check processing procedure: Checks are deposited and sent out every Friday.  Here is an example of the talent check processing procedure:

 1.       A talent check is received Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
2.       The check is deposited into our talent trust account on Friday, January 9, 2015.  
3.       The check is sent to client the following Friday, January 16, 2015.
4.       The check will be received by the client within 10 business days, but they are usually received within 5 business days.

The reason for the 1 week delay between the deposit and the check being sent out is as follows: The bank recommends that we wait 2 weeks after a check is deposited to post a payment against that check, but  but we are confident that these checks are good and will not bounce, so we only wait 1 week. This is the risk that we have chosen to take in order to get payment out to our clients as quick as possible.  

What if my address is wrong on the statement?

Please inform our accounting department immediately, so the check can be reissued to your updated mailing address. Email accounting at: 

How long does it take for me to receive my check once FSE has processed it?

Once we have processed your check, our accounting department will mail you a statement. You will receive your check within 10 business days. Most clients receive their checks within 5 business days. If you feel that your check might be lost in the mail, please wait for 10 business days before contacting us to reissue your check. If your mailing address has changed, please inform accounting immediately.   

My child’s check stub states that money was deducted and sent to my child’s Coogan Trust Account, but I don’t see the deposit.  Who do I contact to fix this?

This is a VERY important question for ALL parents of young actors. If you see that a deduction has been made for your child’s coogan trust account, PLEASE make sure that the amount listed has been deposited into your child’s trust account. If you do not see that it has been deposited, please contact the payroll company immediately to resolve the issue.  The contact information for the payroll company will be on the paystub emailed to you by our accounting department.