Hawaii 2012:07

The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local
July 2012

CONSERVATORY REPORT
Scott Rogers, Chair

The Conservatory (like most of our committees) has taken a back seat to the merger campaign — BUT we are back! I taught a class for the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory in San Francisco, as well as classes in Portland and Seattle, and I must say, our local actors are every bit as good as theirs. In fact, I see more speaking roles being cast here than in most regions on the mainland. I had a great response to the classes, and I plan to teach a class here in June.

Also, returning to the island in July to teach her popular Meisner-based workshop is Iris Klein. We hope to have at least two more classes to announce soon, which is important because we will have (at least) two series shooting here this summer. Now is the time to train if you want to work!

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE REPORT
Pam Larson, Chair

I would like to report that I have been working with our local women’s committee on a proposed Ladies Day Event for our Local. Former SAG approved funding for the event. However, since we’ve merged, we are in a holding pattern. Once the national committees are established, we will submit our proposal to the national Women’s Committee.
 
Our mission is to bring awareness, education and action to empowering women in media, with an emphasis on mature women, mentoring and being role models for young females entering the business. 
 
Stay tuned …

NONVERBAL POWER 
By Lynne Halevi

Do you realize that people form an impression of you in about the first 10 to 30 seconds? To check this out, think about how you judge a TV show when you are just surfing for a program to watch. How long do you look before you click to the next channel? Research tells us that it takes you perhaps less than 10 seconds to make a judgment call.

So what impression do people form about you in the first 10 to 30 seconds? Do you give your power away before you say a word? Think about the 7-percent/93-percent rule. The 7 percent represents the words we use, but research tells us that 93 percent of our message comes from our nonverbal communication. These include the following:

- General appearance
- Posture
- Eye contact
- Clarity of tone (too harsh, too soft, too nasal)
- Vocal pitch
- Loudness/softness of delivery
- Ums and uhs
- Type of handshake
- Hand gestures
- Facial gestures (inappropriate sneers, frowns, giggles)
- Speed of delivery
- Ya’ knows

Some important things to think about at your next audition.

Co-Presidents’ Reports

Rolf Burton, Co-President

Aloha SAG-AFTRA Hawaii. 2012 is the year two great unions, SAG and AFTRA, merged to create one powerful voice. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help in the merger process. Our national union has made organizing work a priority. That means turning non-union work in Hawaii into union work. We all know that working on a SAG-AFTRA job guarantees a level of safety and fair wages that does not exist with non-union work. Quality work should result in better pay and safety on set. Any student film, low-budget movie or commercial can easily become SAG-AFTRA by going online to the SAG-AFTRA Production Center. Almost all of the paperwork can be done online. Any new or student director will be using SAG-AFTRA members at some point if they ever want to succeed. Oftentimes, projects start off non-union but during the auditioning process become union once the talent pool is evaluated. It's up to us, the performers, to encourage new directors to take advantage of these online resources. National Executive Director David White’s goal is to make it easy for directors and producers to work with SAG-AFTRA. One of our new mottos is, “Easy to work with, hard to fight.”

As co-presidents of the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local, Glenn Cannon and I are working together with our local board and national union to create the best working environment for Hawaii. It's important for us — that’s you — to educate yourselves so we can educate others. Call your union if you have a question. Find out for yourself what is truth and what is fiction on set. Look out for your union brothers and sisters on set. We have to help each other and support those who succeed from Hawaii’s Local. It's important for Hawaii members of SAG-AFTRA to put themselves in the best position to get a job. Take a class, attend SAG-AFTRA conservatory workshops, and work on your own to be your best when mainland companies come to town. Find a monologue or scene and work on it in your spare time. Performing is like running a marathon. You have to practice every day so that when you get that one audition every few months, you are ready to go. Try running a marathon without months of training.

Local actors have been getting great roles in recent productions. Let’s show the mainland that we deserve the big parts. Go Hawaii! Go SAG-AFTRA!

Glenn Cannon, Co-President

With the new SAG-AFTRA union in place, everyone should be pleased to be a part of one of the largest and most powerful entertainment unions in the country. I know I am, and since I've been a member of the original AFTRA since 1955 and SAG since 1957 (joined both when I was living and working as an actor in NYC), it feels very good indeed to see this hope and dream finally become a reality. The strength we now have to negotiate and set standards for actors, newspeople, announcers and all the other folks that come under this new performing umbrella will produce more work for all and far better work standards and salaries than previously.

We should begin to see that develop during the next rounds of negotiations with film and TV producers, networks, etc. This is not to say that there may not be some glitches on the road to a smooth-working set of structures. We all have to be patient as the new union works through its structural pains in establishing clear and definitive processes to deal with every exigency that occurs, some of them probably more annoying than others. Not to worry. The individuals that head up the national union in L.A. and NYC know what they are doing, as do those of us in Locals charged with doing the same for individual membership locations throughout the United States. Here in Hawaii, we are now a larger board, with Rolf Burton and me as co-presidents. We are all striving for the same goal: to make SAG-AFTRA the most effective union in our area of the country, and to work closely with L.A. and N.Y. in doing so.

We're rolling, folks, and it is gonna be just fine!

National Board Member Report

Scott Rogers
 
Our historic first National Board meeting took place in Los Angeles on May 19 and 20, and I, for one, thought it was very encouraging. The amount of work it takes to combine two large unions, each with its own culture and way of doing things, is astounding, and our national officers and staff are clearly up to the task. As we look forward to the first 100 days, and then to the completion of our first year as a merged union, we begin to understand that merger is a process and not a single act. From staffing issues to committees, from rules to contracts to organizing, the merger has begun! There will be bumps in the road as we go forward, but if this first board meeting was any indication, the National Board is committed, leaving our egos at the door and working together for the good of the membership. We had vigorous debates about several proposals, but we completed our agenda. All sides were respectful and positive regardless of whether they won or lost. Therefore, we ALL won! You can see the proposals that were passed and business conducted on the SAG and AFTRA websites (which should be combined into the SAG-AFTRA website in the next six to eight weeks!).