Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed in Hollywood

Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed in Hollywood 1
Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed in Hollywood 1

Mac Brandt has made a living through acting for the past six years, appearing in the series Kingdom, Arrested Development… The job helps him pay for his life without having to work part-time at the bar or waiting tables like before.

Mac Brandt in the series `We The People`.

`In the past, when I appeared on Station 19, people definitely thought, ‘Oh, this guy is on TV, he’s going to make a lot of money. It’s actually an industry. You have to keep going,` Brandt said.

Brandt filed for unemployment and was allowed to defer his mortgage and car lease payments.

Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed in Hollywood

Mac Brandt in sports movie ‘Kingdom’

Mac Brandt plays Mac Sullivan (appears at 0:17) in the sports television series `Kingdom` on DirecTV from 2014 to 2017. Video: Youtube.

Cinemas went dark, stages closed and film projects were delayed indefinitely, causing tens to hundreds of thousands of people like Brandt to lose their livelihoods.

In February, the Motion Picture Association of America estimated the film and television industry employs 892,000 people.

With the exception of A-list stars like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence, the majority of people in the entertainment industry take risks, work seasonally, hustle to make money while waiting for a life-changing step.

Dependence on the seasonal economy causes countless problems when applying for unemployment benefits.

Marquis Howell, 39, has three young children and plays guitar and bass at the Disney park in Anaheim, California.

Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed in Hollywood

Disneyland park in the US closed from March 14.

`We are completely stuck and living on savings, actor support funds or any support from the union` – Iris Abril, make-up artist of the series Brooklyn 99, said.

Some companies such as Netflix, Warner Media, Viacom… started raising funds to support the unemployed.

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