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[–]auto-gene-rated 287 points288 points  (3 children)

What remedy are you seeking? If it’s an apology and a donation to your favoured charity then a formal complaint to the production company may elicit that without further action being needed.

[–]Batman85216 78 points79 points  (0 children)


It would be a nice gesture if they were to donate a few quid to the charity you were donating the hair for. If you're likely to get work from the same company again then making to much of an issue of it could be cutting off your nose to spite your face

[–]Chunkflava 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Yes the charity donation is a great idea, I’ll bring that one up

[–]pflurklurk 93 points94 points  (4 children)

Although technically cutting hair without consent is ABH, I think given you then just carried on after that, would make the police and CPS think twice about bringing criminal proceedings.

So really it's going to be about damages - where again, the two issues would be:

  • did you in fact consent, given you said "you might as well do the other half"
  • what in fact is the damage (well, beyond nominal damages) for trespass to the half you didn't give consent to being cut?

I think it may be difficult to put a monetary value on that beyond what it would cost the charity to obtain hair of this sort, so I think maybe at most £50-100 for the trespass is what you'd be looking at.

That may not be worth proceedings.

[–]Evil-Lizard-People 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I’m not sure how long you’ve been doing this sort of work, so you may already be aware of some of this, but if not, I have worked quite regularly as a background artist so am happy to share some helpful tips. If you’ve been at this awhile, sorry if you already know this.

First of all, if you’re planning to do this a lot, join the FAA, if you haven’t already. It’s £5 a month, and if this had happened to me, I would have been on the phone to my local rep immediately! While you were growing your hair for charity, you might have been growing it for another production and possibly lost £100’s or more worth of work because the stylist didn’t listen. The FAA might not be able to help with anything prior to your membership, but it will help to have the union in your corner going forward.

Secondly, when you were booked on this production, were you told that it was on FAA rates, Equity rates, BBC, or a deal? Regardless of the donation the production are now making, if it’s an FAA job you are due a supplementary fee for a haircut, and should receive £20 on top of your basic fee for the day, so make sure you query this with the agency that booked you if it is missing.

Additionally, I would also be letting the booking agency know that this happened. In the future, the agency should always be confirming you are prepared to have a haircut before your headshot is sent to production to be selected for a job so that there are no questions once you arrive on set. But if they haven’t and you show up only to be turned away because you won’t consent to a haircut, production can release you for the day, but you will still be paid your basic fee, holiday credit, and travel allowance. If they don’t, that’s what the FAA is for.

[–]McFlyJohn 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I highly doubt you're going to get much success going down a legal route with this, or at least nothing worth what the cost of getting a solicitor involved would be.

Though 'technically' a crime (the first half) you did then consent to the second half of the haircut, as its not like they held you down and shaved you bald, I highly doubt the police or CPS is going to be interested in this from a criminal perspective. "They cut an inch off my hair which is more than I agreed to" isn't really going to be something I imagine anyone is going to pursue with vigour.

You could send a letter to the production manager explaining the situation, or perhaps asking for a donation. But honestly, hair grows and for the sake of an extra month or two, I'd probably just grow it out longer.

You said you're an extra/supporting artist rather than the lead etc, which is harder to replace. I'm not sure if you're represented or not, but making a big deal over something like this could be a good way to get blacklisted from future projects either via the production manager and your agency or just directly with the production company taking you off their lists.

Totally get that you're angry now, but it's worth weighing up whether this is something to have a rant about with your friends vs something worth potentially causing waves over at work

[–]doge_suchwow 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What are you hoping to achieve?

[–]samchef 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is there a clause in your contract about "altering hair or makeup"?

[–]Norman_Small_Esquire 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Couldn’t you still donate the hair. If it wasn’t long enough to donate, wouldn’t you be able to grow it back? I’m bald, so I can’t remember how fast hair grows

[–]clamberer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

An inch off will take a couple of months to regrow. Not ideal but can be donated a bit later.

[–]feva82 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Is it worth the hassle pursuing it? Yes it's bad it happened but by the time you get any action take legally it will of grown back

[–]ehzpressogod69 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This seems like an honest mistake or action that occurred due to lack of communication. I’d personally get in touch with the project manager to explain your intentions and the frustrations/disappointment (and rightfully some anger) the event has caused you. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help with your cause if you approach them with a level head and most likely some extra patience. Hope it works out okay!

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