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The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
June 2014

PRACTICE YOUR CRAFT: A NEW IDEA

By Nicole Hakim Yohn
First Vice President

sa•lon, \sə-ˈlän, ˈsa-ˌlän, sa-ˈlōⁿ\ noun: a regular meeting of writers, artists, musicians, etc.
— Merriam-Webster
 
Do you have something you’re working on that you want to try out in front of a live audience? Have you wanted to stretch yourself and try something new and challenging? Whether you’re getting ready for an audition, want to try stand-up comedy or honing your craft, now you have a safe, friendly environment where you can work on your chops.

Introducing the SAG-AFTRA Salon.

Through a new relationship with Affirmations in Ferndale, we will be holding these salons on select Monday evenings. Think of it as your very own open mic evening, where you and your peers can get together and have fun while taking chances, exhibiting hidden talents and supporting your peers in doing the same. Keep your eyes open for e-blasts about these exciting evenings to come.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL

If you have questions or concerns, SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local members can find contact information here.

THE SAG-AFTRA MICHIGAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Debra Port
Jacqua Scott
Nicole Hakim-Yohn

Message from the President

Jane Bower

By Jayne Bower
Michigan Local President

2014 Membership Meeting

“If you think you are going to get your next job on your own, you are not.” 

Those words of wisdom from SAG-AFTRA member and Fox-2 anchor and money reporter Murray Feldman opened SAG-AFTRA Michigan’s 2014 Annual Membership Meeting on May 5. The venue was Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, where Murray was joined by Lawrence Tech Professor and Director of Undergraduate Management Programs Karen Evans. They led a lively workshop on how performers can and should use social media to market themselves. Murray brought along some great stories from job-seekers (including the tale of a job applicant who sent a prospective employer a bean bag chair!) and reminded the crowd that 70–80 percent of all jobs are obtained through networking and follow-up.

Professor Evans tutored SAG-AFTRA members on which social media outlets to use (LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram) and presented “blog basics.” She encouraged members to remember, “it’s not what you know. It’s who knows you and how they know you” when it comes to landing that next gig. The professor says while many people establish online profiles, only 3 out of 10 keep those profiles up to date. The workshop wrapped up with an engaging Q&A session. Thank you, Murray Feldman and Karen Evans, for making it a success!

Members at the annual membership meeting
Members at the Annual Membership Meeting.

Murray Feldman and Karen Evans at the annual membership meeting.
Murray Feldman and Karen Evans at the Annual Membership Meeting.