California labor law is very strict regarding the employment of minors.
You must have the following:
• "Workers' Compensation" insurance for all extras and actors • A FREE "entertainment permit to employ minors". A blanket permit is available for groups of 20 or more.
• When employing minors, the "production company" is always considered the "employer", with the exception of "lead" actors, who negotiate their own contracts. • Casting agencies are NOT employers. • Minor extras and actors are NOT considered "independent contractors," under California labor law