Myth #7

SAG-AFTRA leaders in Texas realize many myths exist about being a union member in a ‘right-to-work’ state. To bust these myths and arm you with the facts, a Top 10 Myths list has been created. These myth-busting facts also include additional resources to help you steer your career in the right direction.
 
We believe you will find this information helpful and want you to join us - your fellow members - to grow the union market in our community. To find out how you can be a part of our Texas Leadership Think Tank, please contact Trish Avery at trish.avery@sagaftra.org.

MYTH #7:
Industry Professionals Don’t Care If I’m in the Union."

Yes, they do!

FACT: Having SAG-AFTRA on your resume can be a deciding factor when it comes to booking work because casting directors, directors, and producers immediately recognize your status as a pro. Read what these industry professionals have to say:

“I work very hard and take my career very seriously. When I see ‘[SAG-AFTRA]’ on a resume, I know I am meeting a like-minded artist who continues to invest in their career and treats their acting as a full-time profession rather than a part-time hobby.”
Beth Sepko, Casting Director

“When sitting in the audition room, it does mean something when I turn over the headshot to the resume behind and find that they’re [SAG-AFTRA]. Not so much if they list that they’re only [SAG-AFTRA] Eligible.”
Dan Millican, Producer/Director
               
“Every day, I receive phone calls from actors looking for a manager or agent, and my initial response is always the same: ‘Are you a member of [SAG-AFTRA]?’  I ask this because [SAG-AFTRA] is a union that only represents professional talent, and being a member tells me that the actor that I am talking with is serious about their career."
Rick McKiddy, Chain Reaction Management

FACT: Being a union member means you’re a professional actor. You have the card to prove it.
 
FACT: SAG-AFTRA on your resume lends credibility and therefore is a marketing tool - for members only!