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Jul 27 10:00am-1:00pm
Los Angeles
The Execution of Marketing with Bobby ReedMore Info

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, July 27

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

We all live with calendars, electronic reminders, lists, the targets and the players on a daily basis. These are the machines that help the actor keep track and keep score. Car companies know exactly how many new models sold this year. Do you know how many auditions, callbacks and bookings make up this year’s activity? What is your booking ratio, which roughly translates to how you’re doing in the Hollywood food chain? What is your advertising frequency plan? Which of your projects are you promoting every week? Every two weeks? Every month? Do you know? You should. 

Join Bobby Reed to plot the course of your superstar future, using the tools that were covered in the first two Proximity sessions, one detail at a time. It’s tough to get from point A to point B without a map. That’s why we have maps. Come join us and find out what your plan of action should look like in this info-packed three-hour festival of ideas.

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD OR DIGITAL CARD FROM THE APP (paid through October 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited.

To RSVP, click here

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

 

Jul 27 7:00pm-9:00pm
San Francisco - Northern California
Join Us for a LaborFest Event this Thursday, July 27More Info

Jul 29-06 10:00am-5:00pm
Ohio-Pittsburgh
Member Discount: Active Analysis Scene Study Workshop with Cotter SmithMore Info

Member Discount: Active Analysis Scene Study Workshop with Cotter Smith

Randy Kovitz is presenting a unique workshop taught by actor and teacher Cotter Smith. Among many Broadway, film and TV credits, Cotter recently ran the MFA program at The New School in New York and has studied with many of the greatest acting teachers of our time. Most recently, he has been acting in Pittsburgh as a regular on David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter.
 
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30: For experienced actors only.
Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6: Open to the public.
 
Where: Nancy Mosser Casting Studios
3583 Butler St.
Lawrenceville, PA 15201
(412) 621-1160

This two-day workshop for working actors will give most their assumed first experience with Active Analyses, Stanislavsky's late work which was a big departure from what we normally associate him with. His new theory was that spoken language should be last, not first, for an actor during the rehearsal process. Beginning with silent improvisations based on the given circumstances of the scene, actors slowly work their way toward the exact words of the author and make language what Stanislavsky termed “the final physical action,” rather than the first. This is an acting approach that has only recently been introduced into American actor training programs.
 
Students will be on their feet in every class participating in active scene work. They will also be given specific assignments to focus on for the following session. Stanislavsky designed a series of exercises for the actor to explore the dynamic physical and emotional life of the text without using predetermined objectives, initially exploring what they are doing in a scene rather than what they are saying, focusing on the body rather than the mind as the most effective starting point for approaching both the character and the scene.
 
Cost: $200 for SAG-AFTRA members (price is normally $250 for the general public).
 
Registration: To register and to receive more information, please email actingforcameraworkshop@gmail.com. You will receive the SAG-AFTRA discount and information to pay online will be sent. There is a 12 student limit per workshop, so please register quickly.
 
The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jul 29 5:00pm-7:00pm
Houston-Austin
Meet the Candidates NightMore Info

The Houston-Austin Local presents Meet the Candidates Night(s), a mixer that gives you the opportunity to informally mingle with fellow members who are running for union office.


AUSTIN:

When: 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday, July 22

Where:  Brock/Allen Casting
5700 Manchaca Road, #450
Austin, TX  78745

https://goo.gl/maps/CGZ127epCKA2         

Free self-parking.

 
HOUSTON: 

When: 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday, July 29

Where:  MediaTech Houston
3324 Walnut Bend Lane
Houston, TX  78745

https://goo.gl/maps/eQW4gojUvn52

        

Free self-parking.

 

 

For more information contact trish.avery@sagaftra.org or call (214) 363-8300, ext 2.

 

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. RSVP is requested for attendance. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD OR DIGITAL CARD FROM THE APP (paid through October 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Jul 30 2:30pm-4:30pm
San Francisco - Northern California
Join Us for a TV/Theatrical Contracts Informational Meeting on July 30More Info

On July 15, 2017, your SAG-AFTRA National Board overwhelmingly approved and recommended a YES vote for the TV/Theatrical tentative agreement reached with the AMPTP. Eligible SAG-AFTRA members will receive a postcard in the coming days on how to vote electronically or by paper ballot on the proposed successor agreements covering motion pictures, scripted primetime dramatic television and new media production.

Please join National TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee Chair and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White for an informational session to learn about new key provisions, strong pay increases and solid workplace protections for the members who work under these contracts.

When: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 30 

Where: The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111 

RSVP to David.Conover@sagaftra.org.  Be sure to provide your name, member ID and phone number

The tentative deal delivers significant gains in a number of areas. To view a preview of the referendum booklet online as well as FAQs, click here.

All paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing are urged to attend this important informational meeting. This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing, no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. No RSVP necessary. All bags subject to search.

You must show your SAG-AFTRA membership card or digital card on the app (paid thru Oct. 31, 2017) for admittance.

If you are unable to attend and have questions regarding the tentative agreement, please email TVTheatricalContracts2017@sagaftra.org.

Jul 31 6:00pm-8:00pm
New England
Meet the Candidates Night, July 31More Info

Meet the Candidates Night, July 31

The New England Local presents Meet the Candidates Night, a “mixer” type of event that gives you the opportunity to informally mingle with fellow members who are running for union office.

When: 6 – 8 p.m., Monday, July 31
 
Where: M.J. O’Connor’s, Park Plaza
27 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
                  
For more information contact newengland@sagaftra.org or (617) 262-8001.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. No RSVP necessary. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through Oct. 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Aug 08 7:00pm-9:00pm
Los Angeles
TV Comedy: Booking the Job with Michael D. CohenMore Info

When: 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 8

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

Do you want to add more television comedy credits to your resume? Instructor Michael D. Cohen applies his unique holistic approach to comedy to help you bring your unique truth, aliveness and playfulness to your work. Learn specific techniques for analyzing a scene for comedy, nailing the jokes, tone and pacing, and make acting choices that respect the writers yet make you stand out in the casting session. This is a hands-on workshop in which a few members will be asked from the audience to work at the front of the room. You may bring a comedic monologue or a prepared scene if you wish to volunteer.

About Michael D. Cohen:
Michael D. Cohen is an actor and acting teacher. He can be seen regularly as the character "Schwoz" on TV's #1 kids' show Henry Danger and has appeared on shows such as Modern Family, The Real O'Neals, 2 Broke Girls, The Mindy Project, Angie Tribeca, Backstrom, Eagleheart and many others. His film credits include the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, as well as the Canadian Screen Award-nominated film It Was You Charlie, for which he was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Lead Performance. He recently was directed by George Clooney in the latest Coen Bros. film Suburbicon which will be released in November. He also just completed filming An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson and Aubrey Plaza. Michael has served as the Co-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory at the American Film Institute and is a member of the National SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee. He is a faculty member for the University of Texas at Austin in Los Angeles, and holds a Masters degree in Adult Education focusing on transformative education for performers. He offers acting workshops and private audition coaching for actors in L.A. and around the world.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. RSVP is requested for attendance. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card or digital card from the app (Paid-up through October 31, 2017) for admittance. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop. 

You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited.

To RSVP, click here

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

 

Aug 15 12:00pm-2:00pm
Chicago
New Member Orientation on August 15More Info

New members represent the future for SAG-AFTRA. The more knowledgeable they are, the stronger our union and all members are. The goal of the New Members Subcommittee of SAG-AFTRA Chicago's Community Outreach, Community Organizing committee is to educate, engage and empower professional actors from the moment they become union members. The new member orientation event is only one part of that process. Topics covered include every step involved in the union experience, from initiation fees and the dues structure, to the correct way to execute member reports and contracts. Other areas include agents and commissions, casting directors, resolving claims, health coverage, set demeanor, committees, staff and a variety of member benefits.

New member orientations are not just for new members. Whether you joined yesterday or 20 years ago, all members in good standing are welcome. Plan now to attend the next new membership orientation and stay informed.

When: Noon, Tuesday, August 15

Park for $13 at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, and then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure.

RSVP: Please call Kathy Nelsen at the SAG-AFTRA Chicago office, (312) 573-8081 ext. 2541, or email Kathy at kathy.nelsen@sagaftra.org to reserve your spot.

The event is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing, no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. You must bring your current membership card or digital card on the app (paid through Oct. 31, 2017) for admittance.

 

Aug 15-16 6:30pm
New York
Free NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Semi-Finals Screenings in New York, Aug. 15 and 16 More Info

This year over 4,200 submissions were considered and have been narrowed down to 15 semi-finalists! The best actor will be awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal. 

When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16
(Doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

Where: SVA Theater
333 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Come and enjoy some free flicks as NBCUniversal proudly introduces and celebrates the next generation of diverse writers, directors and actors. 

General admission seating is limited, but all are welcome to attend.

RSVP required. Follow this link to RSVP. 

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

Aug 17 3:00pm-5:00pm
New York
Casting Access with Casting Director Liz Ortiz-MackesMore Info

The following is being sent to you on behalf of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Presents
Casting Access with Casting Director Liz Ortiz-Mackes

When: 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17
(Check-in begins at 2:45 p.m.)

Where: New York

RSVP: Click here to register for this event. Make sure you are logged into the SAG-AFTRA Foundation site. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact the website administrator at webmaster@sagaftra.foundation.

This workshop is only available to SAG-AFTRA members ages 11-17.

If you are interested in this workshop, please join the waitlist. (Anyone under 11 or over 17 will be removed.) Please note that classes will fill very quickly, so please join the waitlist as soon as you are able to register. Those of you who are moved from the waitlist to the seated list will receive a confirmation email with details about the event.

Please spread the word and tell all your SAG-AFTRA friends about the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Young Performers workshop!

If you have any questions regarding these workshops or the Casting Access Program, please email nycastingaccess@sagaftra.foundation.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Aug 20 1:00am-4:00am
Ohio-Pittsburgh
Third Annual Family Picnic and Contract ConservatoryMore Info

Cleveland Council of the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Presents
Third Annual Family Picnic and Contract Conservatory

 

The Cleveland Council Family Picnic is becoming a growing tradition. Be sure to join in on the fun. It’s FREE. The Cleveland Council includes all SAG-AFTRA members who live in Northeast Ohio.

When: 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20

Where: Westcreek Reservation
2277 West Ridgewood Drive
Parma, OH 44134
(When you enter from Ridgewood Dr., the pavilion is on your immediate right. It’s a large covered pavilion so the event will take place rain or shine. Bathrooms are on site as well. A map and more information about the pavilion can be found here.)

This year we’re including a conservatory on contracts. This is your chance to bring questions, confusions or ambiguities about any of our contracts to the folks who know the answers. Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Executive Director Brian Lysell and business representative Chelsea Danley Rodgers will be present to answer any contract questions you might have. You don’t have specific questions? You’ll still learn from hearing those from other folks. This is the, “Yeah, I’ve wondered about that…” kind of meeting.

We’ll all share real world issues we’ve dealt with and address them to Chelsea. If there’s anything she doesn’t know, she’ll write the issue down and track down the answer. We all speak amongst ourselves about contracts and things we don’t understand about them – things that happen either on a job, an audition, or something an employer or agent wants. This is the conservatory that authoritatively addresses that.

Also, the meeting aspect of this picnic will be the time to select our Cleveland Council Committee for its new term. This constitutional body has been active during the past year. We’re building momentum and this is the ideal place for Cleveland members to get and stay active. 

Food and soft beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring desserts and side dishes. Come eat, chat, learn and enjoy the fresh air and large pavilion. Spread the word and feel free to bring your family. 

RSVP by Friday, Aug. 11 to the Ohio-Pittsburgh office at ohp@sagaftra.org or (412) 281-6767.

Aug 26-27 10:00am-10:00pm
Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Austin
Septien Entertainment Workshop in AugustMore Info

*Member Discoun*

 

Terry Berland & Harriett Greenspan will be hosting two workshops for Texas members. They are award-winning casting directors for national TV and radio commercials, on-camera television, voice-over, animation, theatre and films.


When: August 26 – 27

 

Aug. 26 – Artists will be split up into two groups. One group is with Terry learning commercial acting based on theatrical short scene work and the other group is with Harriet learning theatrical/film and/or television short scene work. Limited to 30 artists in each group.

Aug. 27 – Artists switch groups. Both training sessions will bring out artist’s acting abilities and open them up, relate authentically and leave you feeling personally empowered.


Where: 2015 Midway Rd #107
Carrollton, TX 75006

 

Cost: SAG-AFTRA members receive  25% discount. Both Workshops are $349.00. Workshops limited to 30 artists. No Cancellations after April 30.

For more information, click here.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.