Child Labor
There are no work permits required for minors working in Television or Film in South Carolina.  No paperwork needs to be filed.

From the US Department of Labor website regarding working in South Carolina: 71-3105-d-  The provisions of this Article do not apply with respect to any employee engaged as an actor or performer in motion pictures; radio or television productions, or theatrical productions.

Any minors working as day players or extras are responsible for their own school work missed. These arrangements, to include absences from school, are worked out between the parent(s) / guardian(s) of minor child and principal of the school the child attends. 

If production has a tutor on set for an actor who is a minor, that tutor can also work with any child stand-ins, as well as any child extras, if needed.

If the minor is an actor under a SAG contract, then all SAG rules will apply.

The following is an excerpt from SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website concerning employing minors in the film industry:

South Carolina Child Labor Regulations Summary


Generally no employment is authorized for minors under the age of 14, as interpreted under South Carolina Child Labor Statute 41-13-20. Employment of any minor under age 14 is defined as oppressive child labor.

Exemptions from this restriction apply under the following specific circumstances:

Minors under age 14 may work in any aspect of show business, such as acting or performing in a theatrical, television, radio, or film production.

Minors in film and television are totally exempt from child labor laws and have no work hour restrictions. Parents/Guardians should be consulted as needed for work hours tolerance.

The contact at LLR for any child labor-related questions is:

Serrena Shorts

110 Centerview Drive
P. O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329
Wages and Child Labor Fax: (803) 896-7680

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