2021 New Cast Member Packet & Bio Form
This information packet is designed to explain the event to you, answer your questions and includes a questionnaire (Bio Sheet) that we would need returned if you would like to be considered for the Zombie Farms Cast or Crew.
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FAQs - Please read the following information before completing the Bio Form
WHAT IS ZOMBIE FARMS, LLC?

ZF is a haunted trail that winds through a ½ mile of natural woods on a 33 acre farm in Winterville GA. The trail takes about 25-30 minutes to walk safely in the dark. We will be open to the public every Friday and Saturday in October.

WHO IS RUNNING THE EVENT?

Zombie Farms LLC is operated by Patrick and Cynthia MacDonald, who own the farm. However, we will have cast supervisors for our different teams, so you will always have a point of contact for your questions and issues.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS NOTICE
If you have any underlying conditions like asthma, heart conditions, etc. Or if you do not feel you are physically fit, we ask that you plan to skip joining the horde this season. We do not want to risk your health.

WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED OF THE CAST AND CREW?

This event will be handled much like a play production. We will have many paid positions for people that will be working all open nights in key areas. We need human/speaking actors, monsters, other supernatural type actors, a few zombies, guides along the trail, parking attendants, front end customer service, and equipment managers.

IS MY CAST POSITION A PAID ROLE?

Only people that commit to all open nights are eligible for pay. If you cannot work all weekends, you may be offered a volunteer position, which is unpaid. In a typical year, have approximately 75-90 paid positions. You will know ahead of time whether or not your cast position is a paid or volunteer position (a.k.a. extra). All our extras will be scheduled ahead of time. Please DO NOT show up expecting to be given a part if we have not coordinated with you ahead of time.

WHAT TIME COMMITMENT IS EXPECTED?

We will be open every Friday and Saturday in October. In addition we will have a practice night and dress rehearsal night that is required for all cast members. You will be asked to arrive around 6:30 (or before) on any night we are open.
--- Practice nights: Sept 17-18 (everyone must attend one, date determined by your scene)
--- Dress Rehearsal: Sept 24-25 (everyone must attend one, date determined by your scene)
--- Open Nights: Oct 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30


IF I'M IN A PAID POSITION, HOW DOES THE PAY GET CALCULATED?

We will pay based on the operation hours of the event, starting when we open that night (either 7:30 or 8pm). You will not receive payment for the Dress Rehearsal, practice nights, or makeup and costume time. If we close early or cannot open due to inclement weather, you will be paid for the time we were open that night, if applicable. Payment is only based on the times we are entertaining our customers for the nights you are present. You must also work ALL nights we are open to receive payment.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE MONEY I EARN?

If you are in a paid position, we will mail checks on November 10th, if you have worked all nights as agreed. All checks will be mailed the same day. Please make sure we have your correct name and mailing address.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER TO HELP ME ON THE NIGHT(S) I WORK?

No. We can only have cast members who have gone through the steps like you have to fill out a questionnaire, audition, practice, and earned an assigned role.

WILL ZF PROVIDE MY COSTUME?

We will have some costumes, but you may prefer to find your own. We will discuss this with you individually, depending on the role you are given. Work boots of some sort would be best since you will be walking in woods. No white tennis shoes are allowed. If you do not have these items, I would suggest checking the local thrift stores.

WILL ZF PROVIDE MY MAKEUP?

For most actors, we will provide a Halloween mask to match your character, so please be ready to wear a mask each night. A few characters may need makeup, and we will have a makeup team on staff to apply their makeup. If you are someone who needs minimal makeup or uses a makeup, you may not need to be early for makeup time. We will discuss this with you individually.

Many roles require a Halloween mask to be worn, so please be prepared to wear one if your position requires one. If a mask is required, ZF will provide it for you.

I'VE NEVER WORKED AT A HAUNTED ATTRACTION. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Experience is NOT required, but enthusiasm and commitment are very important!

Most actors will NOT be zombies. We have a lot of character roles to fill.

For those who are zombies, our zombies will be the “old school” George Romero zombies (slow and newly dead). If you haven’t watched Night of the Living Dead, that’s your study guide. Our zombies will NOT be the fast zombies of 28 Days Later. See the video below for the movie.

For other roles like humans, monsters, and trail guides we will coach you on how to act and what to do.

WHAT ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW?

1. Actors should have their phone out where a customer can see you! One zombie, ghost or monster on a cell phone call and you've ruined the experience for the customers. Leave your cellphone in your car, if possible. If you must have it with you, DO NOT use it on the trail during the event. The glow of the cell phone can be seen far away. If you are seen talking or texting on a cellphone in a position view-able by customers, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. If your cellphone is heard ringing in a position noticeable by customers, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
2. Stay in character at all times, even going to and from the bathroom or actor camp.
3. NEVER touch or chase the customers. The trail is a natural walking trail and therefore has many inherent dangers. We want the customers walking slowly at all times.
4. October temperatures vary, but you should expect some cold nights. Dress in layers.
5. We recommend bringing a bottle of water, a flashlight, and small snack each night.


We are excited about your interest in Zombie Farms!
Watch this for a great tutorial on the types of zombies we need.
Last Name *
First Name *
Nick name or name you preferred to be called, if different
Age *
Cell Number *
Is it okay to text you important notices at the number you listed above? *
Mailing Address (this is the address we will use to mail your check if you are a paid cast member) *
City, State *
Zip Code *
Give us a physical description of yourself. This just helps us remember each person and assign good roles for you . Please list things like hair color, height or anything to help us distinguish and remember you. *
Have you ever visited Zombie Farms as a customer? *
How did you hear about Zombie Farms? *
Are you in school (high school or college)? If so, where? *
Are you currently employed? If so, where? *
What hours do you usually work and will that affect your ability to act at ZF? *
Are you on Facebook or other social media? If so, do you promise to like us and share our posts? *
Do you have any unique talents or skills we don’t know about? Some examples might include foreign languages, musical instruments, artistic skills (painting, carpentry, etc), singing, mechanical skills, double jointedness, magician experience, etc. *
Do you have previous acting or public speaking experience? If so, please describe (or email a document with more details if you have one prepared already). Note that acting experience is NOT required. *
What skills do you feel you bring to Zombie Farms LLC? *
Although we cannot guarantee what role you will be assigned, we would like to know where you think you would be the most valuable in the event. Select the positions you are interested in. Pick as many as you like. Do not select anything you would NOT do *
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Based on your choices above, which role do you think you would be most suited for and why? *
We will have practices on Sept 17-18 and Dress Rehearsal on Sept 24-25. Actors will be required to come to one practice night and one Dress Rehearsal night. Are you available those nights? *
We will need staff on site by 6:30 each night we are open. Will that be a problem for you? *
We will be open the following weekends. Please check all weekends you are available to work. *
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We are looking for actors who can work all weekends. They will be given the primary roles and paid positions first. However, if there is a night you know ahead of time that you cannot work, let us know now and we will be in touch to discuss it further. *
This year it will be especially important to be physically fit. We need staff who can be active in the scenes and move around easily. A good rule of thumb is this question - Can you walk 3/4 of a mile without an issue? That is the length of the trail, so you may need to walk that distance during a night of operation. How physically fit would you rate yourself? *
Do you have any physical limitations that would keep you from taking a position that would keep you on your feet 4 hours? If so, please explain. *
Do you have a means of transportation or the ability to get to and from the event each night? *
Are you a smoker *
If you are a smoker, can you refrain from smoking while on the trail? (actors are not permitted to smoke anywhere on the trail) *
Do you steal money or items from others? *
Are you prone to violent reactions when dealing with other people? *
Have you ever been convicted of a felony? If yes, please explain. *
We may run background checks on our actors. Is that okay with you? *
Is there any other information you would like to share with us?
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