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CDA Code of Conduct – Proudly adhered to by all CDA members

on Nov 9, 2017 in Public News, News and Events

The CDA Constitution guarantees uniform and superior standards and business practices by all members, building an improved level of service. We endorse, promote and encourage professionalism amongst commercial Casting Directors. All clients will be treated with the same superior level of service and expertise. CDA members maintain professional and friendly relationships with all agents and managers.

1. The CDA does not propose to define ethical codes or declare edicts beyond the normal and reasonable ethics of good and fair business practices and the reasonable expectation of “behaviour as benefits a CDA Member”. The CDA does not wish to make declarations on how an individual conducts their business other than where it reflects poorly on the casting community and the CDA as a whole or in the case of “Conflict Of Interest”. However the CDA does expect professionalism amongst its members.

2. We promise to support equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Full and Provisional Members affiliated with the CDA are committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and ethical responsibility.

3. The Code of Conduct outlines the behaviour and professionalism that we expect from CDA members. Matters serious enough to warrant ejection of a Member from the CDA will be clearly defined prior to ejection. Under such circumstances, the offending Member will be offered the opportunity to reapply to the CDA after a period of six months, providing the problem surrounding the ejection has been rectified and with the understanding that the first application after suspension will be for a “Provisional Membership”.

4. No Member may solicit business by foregoing fees in a case where a fee would normally be paid to another Member.

5. It is mandatory that the Membership maintains discretion about all subject matters discussed at meetings and that memoranda distributed amongst the Membership must be dealt with as private and confidential matters. Respect for each other dictates that this be given utmost priority. And breach of this clause will result in loss of standing within the CDA.

6. No Member may invoke the name of the CDA as a means to further private agenda. Any use of the name of the CDA over and above as an addition to your credits must be brought to the attention of and approved by the CDA in advance. CDA casting directors association
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7. Unreasonable demands may not be made of the Chair. All inquiries or requests for assistance should be restricted to normal office hours except in extreme circumstances.

8. The Membership agrees that all invoicing deemed as unreasonably overdue must be reported to the Chair even if no action is requested by the Member involved.

9. If a CDA Member is represented by an agent or if a Member of the CDA has any other professional association with a Management Agency /Talent Agency, this could be considered a Conflict Of Interest. For transparency the CDA would need to see the Code of Conduct of said Talent Agency. The proposed CDA member would also need to sign a declaration stating that talent is sourced from all appropriate talent sources and shows no bias towards his/her agency.

10.Similarly if a Casting Director holds Actors’ Workshops, is an Actor, owns a Production Company or provides any services to either actors or production companies (e.g. Headshots, showreels, works also as a production manager etc.) then the proposed Casting Director would have to sign a declaration that they will not source business whilst working on a job as the Casting Director.

11.No CDA Member is permitted to accept work that contravenes employment law and/or jeopardises paid work for performers and artists. Unusual and exceptional circumstances may exist in which case the Board must be consulted prior to acceptance of this work. Please refer to government guidelines on volunteers and minimum wage

12.All actors/models pencilled for jobs should be taken off a pencil should they not be booked. This is good manners and expected of our members.

13.When a job is cast by more then one Casting Director, a co-credit is given only if both casting directors have contributed to the final selection. No CDA member should put commercials on their website/portfolio unless they have cast the actors/models in that commercial. If a CDA member was a Casting Assistant or Casting Associate on a job then this must be clear on their website/portfolio.

14.If a complaint of any kind is brought against a member to the CDA, that member will be informed immediately and discreetly given the opportunity to respond. The members of the Board will attempt mediation. If the Board decide the complaint is valid and the CDA member has not acted within the professional guidelines of the CDA, then Membership may be revoked.

15.The CDA should reflect the highest professionalism within the industry.