Al Onorato made a special appearance at the SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local Conservatory on April 27 to talk about his experiences as a manager. He also advised actors on what managers do for their talent and the traits, skills and education managers look for when signing an actor to represent. He took time to learn about each attendee, and also watched and coached several monologues.
Al Onorato is currently a partner at Unified Management. Prior to this, he was vice president in charge of talent and casting at Columbia Pictures Television, among other credentials.
From left, Al Onorato, Adam Hill and Barbara Grant at the April 27 Conservatory. Photo by Anna Wendt.
Linda Bearman also spoke at a conservatory held on May 18. Linda is a voiceover expert and coach with many years of experience. She shared her knowledge with attendees. Linda teaches at Craft Acting Studio in Las Vegas.
If you know of an entertainment expert interested in speaking at one of our conservatory events (appearances are not compensated but some travel is paid for speakers from out of town), or you are an actor interested in joining one or a season of events, send us an email.
WELCOME RECENT NEW MEMBERS AND TRANSFERS
New Members: Katana Martinez, Dee Drenta, Amy Seddon Ebert, Manuel Touzjian, Ronnie Thurmand, Timothy Skyler Dunigan, Franklin D. English, Jabari Flanagan, Cruz A. Colmenares
Transfers In: Eddie A. Webb, Eileen Rene Prudhont, John Prudhont, Darren Melton, Cesar Lazcano, Billy Concha, Sara Michelle Ben Av, Lefty, Audrey King-Lewis
A Message from the Nevada Local President
By Barbara Grant
Whew, what a spring and early summer we had! It was great to see so many of our members working on the set again in Mall Cop 2, the untitled Gerardo Naranjo project, Killers at Play, Modern Family and more! I want to address a few things that came up several times over the course of these projects.
The first is that, as much as I care about the members of our Nevada union, I am not the one to call and ask about on-set issues. Neither is Julie Crane. Our roles with the union, mine as an elected volunteer and hers as director of locals administration, do not include on-set issues or processing member grievances.
Here’s a link to the SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local Support Contact List. It’s a good idea to program some of these numbers in your cell phone or print the list out and keep on hand. Also, the 24-hour safety hotline number for SAG-AFTRA is on the back of your membership card if a safety issue or other urgent matter occurs while working.
Although it is not the union’s role to get you a job, it is the union’s role to protect you while on set. It is your responsibility to know the rules and what to do if you encounter a problem on set. For example, if you have questions about how often you should get a meal break, receive a wardrobe bump, minimum turnaround time for multiple day bookings, zoning, etc., the SAG-AFTRA website has links to everything you will need to answer your questions. The website is the best source, as information does sometimes change and the most updated information is available there.
It is important that you handle on-set issues using the proper protocol to show that you are a knowledgeable member of the union and a true professional on the set. I know from experience it can be frustrating sometimes on a long shoot, but complaining loudly without following proper protocol does nothing to help you. It is more likely to result in a resolution of your problem if you go through the proper channels and documentation, to file a claim. Write down everything, the date, the time, the situation, the person(s) involved, so that your claim is as specific as possible. The forms for this are on the SAG-AFTRA website here. Please be aware that the more issues that are filed in the proper manner, the more the production companies will see that we mean business.
One more thing: If you are hired as a background actor and you speak, and it is picked up, you are not going to be bumped up to day player unless you were specifically directed by the director to speak the line. Also, while working as a background actor, do not stare directly at the camera, this is called “spiking.”
Lastly, remember, as a union member, you have benefits. One of them is discounts, which you can find on the SAGAFTRA.org website. There are discounts on AT&T Wireless, IMDBPro, Backstage, Zipcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, UPS Stores and more!