New Orleans 2014:01

The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New Orleans Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New Orleans Local
January 2014

WHERE TO GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT

Even though we no longer have an office in New Orleans, help is always available and easy to find. Here is a useful list to help you get assistance whenever you need it and wherever you are working.

Commercials
Jessica Vazquez
305.663.7083

Corporate/Educational
Jessica Vazquez
305.663.7083

Dancers
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077 

Infomercials
Jessica Vazquez
305.663.7083

Interactive
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077  

Membership
Eileen Neel
305.663.7079

Music Videos
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

New Media
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

News and Broadcast
Herta Suarez
305.663.7089

Promos
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

Residuals, Film/TV
Doriza Sojo
305.663.7081

Short and Student Films
Linda Isrel
305.663.7088

Singers
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

Sound Recordings
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

Stunt and Safety
Leslie Krensky
305.663.7077

Television, Dramatic
Doriza Sojo
305.663.7081

Television, Non-Dramatic
Doriza Sojo
305.663.7081

Theatrical
Doriza Sojo
305.663.7081

For other inquiries, contact Linda Dowell by email or at (214) 363-8300 ext. 1.

Diana Boylston

Be the Change You Want to See

By Diana Boylston
New Orleans Local President

Everybody wanted a change … and that’s what we got when legacy AFTRA and legacy SAG voted to merge. At the convention, we were told that we’re the largest merged entertainment union in the country. Because we’ve grown, the way in which our local receives services is different. 

Answers that were difficult to get in the past may be easier now because of our expanded network. At the same time, a simple yes or no answer might not be so simple. There may be different departments to contact instead of one person. The proverbial wrinkles have to be ironed out. As your president, I want to assist with these changes. Let me take a moment to suggest ways to help you deal with them.  

1) Register your concern. Don’t fret or sweat or waste a lot of time trying to deal with the problem. Contact the department this newsletter identifies as the problem-solver for your situation. 

2) The solution is available and staff does want to answer your questions. Everyday, new strategies are put in place to increase communication. If you tried before and didn’t get a satisfactory answer, email Linda Dowell or me at neworleans@sagaftra.org so we know what’s going on with you.
 
3) Your elected board members want to represent you, whether or not we work in your category. Dancers don’t have to go to dancers for answers or stunt performers and broadcasters to stunt performers and broadcasters. Your board not only wants to understand what’s happening in your area, we need you to let us know so we can help. We have the tools to do something.

In other news:

Our annual meeting was well attended by more than 65 members. One of the best parts of the meeting for me was to learn that members serve by helping members, regardless of office. Performer Becki Davis offered advice about contacting another local with similar concerns to resolve a contract issue. Performer Ralph Horn volunteered to assist other members in setting up a group to help each other do “self-on-camera” casting/auditions. Voiceover artist Marjorie Ocho Kouns is organizing a panel of VO artists who work in the industry for this March. Email me if you want to contact them.

A meeting was later held with stunt performers and several of these members volunteered to participate on the Wages & Working Conditions Committee that will register your concerns on a national level.

As we create a union that will serve all of us, let’s change what we do to make it easier to get the help we deserve.

Frank Boimare, Charles Ferrara, Diana Boylston and George Sanchez
Delegates Frank Boimare, Charles Ferrara, Diana Boylston and George Sanchez at the first SAG-AFTRA National Convention. See story below.