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Professional Actor exempt from OT in California? I have found

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Professional Actor exempt from OT in California? I have found information that "Professional Actor" is exempt from OT in california. If this is true, since there is no such exemption under FLSA would we still have to classify a professional actor as non-exempt when covered by both CA law and FLSA?

Hello Meghan,


To clarify, a professional actor fits under the professional exemption under the FLSA, because the actor is a professional. There is no specific exemption for professional actors. So, as long as the actor meets the exemptions for a professional, and is paid a salary, he or she would be exempt from being paid overtime wages.

Specifically, look under creative professionals.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi I was wondering if I could follow up on this question with you. It appears that "professional actors" are exempt, at least from OT under IWC orders 10, 11, 12


Would you be able to help me in determining, what makes an actor a "professional actor" and secondly would it be possible that professional models fit under this exemption as well?