Certified Animal Safety Representative, American Humane Film & TV Unit
Name: Danielle MacDonald
Did you know the nonprofit charity American Humane sends a Certified Animal Safety Representative to every Screen Actors Guild (SAG) television, commercial, or film production using animals? Only about 40 people in the world hold this unique job, and we got to talk with one of them.
What do you say when people ask what you do for a living?
[Laughs.] My best, quickest explanation is to mention the 'No Animals Were Harmed...' credit at the end of a movie... that's what we do. We're actually physically there on set to protect the animals and find an easier, less stressful way [to do a scene with an animal], and to make sure everything goes smoothly. We take a ridiculous amount of notes. We're paid to worry.
How long have you been a Certified Animal Safety Rep?
About four years.
What's your typical workday like?
I generally know where I'm going at 10:30 or 11 p.m. the night before. Then I will travel to the set, whether it be commercial, TV show or movie. Usually we know what animals they're filming and generally how, but sometimes, we go in a little bit blind.