It’s that time of year when we refocus our thoughts and actions on the year ahead. We set new goals and start that never-ending diet, yet again. This is the year we plan to update our resume, headshot and demo reel, right?
Take a breath. There are some simple things you can do right now that will get you closer to real opportunity and success.
First, log into SAG.org and check your membership profile. Do we have your current mailing address? You want those residual checks coming to the correct address, right?
Don’t forget your e-mail address – is that still current? Time is money and most of today’s casting calls are posted through last-minute e-blasts and Twitter feeds.
Second, do we know which agency represents you? Producers looking to hire you are calling Actors to Locate only to find out we can’t locate you.
Next, take a look at your iActor profile. Have you bothered to upload your headshot and resume? Have you made your iActor profile PUBLIC? We can’t find you if we can’t see your iActor profile.
That’s it. Simple stuff that can mean the difference between “getting a second look” and “being overlooked.”
Time to get your tools in order so you can focus on your talent. No gym fee or workout clothes required. Go ahead, click here and check your membership profile. We’ll wait while you take care of business.
Just remember, participation trumps perfection every time.
COFFEE & CONTRACTS
Local staff help enlighten members, agents and casting directors on the business side of showbiz with brief, but regular, discussions on contracts. Come learn the basics and take your entrepreneurial skills to the next level. RSVP required. RSVP to Linda Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (214) 379-1171.
Coffee & Contracts – Commercial Contracts Part III
Friday, February 4
12:30 – 2 p.m.
SAG/AFTRA Conference Room
15110 Dallas Parkway, Suite 440
(Bank of America Building, northeast corner of Beltline and Tollway)
MEET YOUR PEERS –
SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
Find out who’s who and who’s doing what with the members and leaders of SAG and AFTRA. Enjoy a relaxing happy hour with your fellow actors every third Thursday of the month.
Thursday, February 17
6 – 8 p.m.
Hector’s on Henderson
2929 N. Henderson
Dallas, TX 75206
Free valet parking and stellar hors d’oeuvres!
24/7 CASTING NOTICES
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston Branch members can now get up-to-the-minute information on Texas and regional castings. Go to Twitter.com and ask to join the TxSAGNetwork. This is a members-only site providing casting information and notices to SAG members around the clock. Adjust your own setting to keep your information “private,” if you choose, and enable your mobile device to send the information directly to you. Sign up, stay tuned and break a leg!
WELCOME NEW AND
New: Jeff Anderson, Cole Protzman, Shelley Trotter
Transfers-In: Angela Gardner, Max Hartman, Brad Johnson, Mariyah Montae, Rustee Rutherford, Preston Vanderslice
A MESSAGE FROM THE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
We are writing you regarding Screen Actors Guild’s new paperless dues billing initiative and asking you to give it a try. It’s an absolutely free new service that simply makes good financial sense.
Paperless billing is yet another way we’re more efficiently serving our members: cutting costs (not to mention clutter in your home), making your billing instantaneous and, as part of our ongoing green initiative, doing our part to save the environment.
If you haven’t yet signed up, consider these dollars-and-cents reasons to do so:
• Save paper and stamps. You won’t just save yourself money, but you’ll save the Guild money, too. With more than 125,000 members, and dues bills being sent out twice a year, the Guild has a hefty business expense that can be significantly lightened by paperless billing.
• Time is money, and you can get your complete, comprehensive dues bill as soon as it’s issued. No more “surprises” if you change address or have some other type of mail service interruption. You’ll have plenty of time to pay your dues without incurring penalties or risking your good standing as a member.
• You can download to your computer or mobile device an exact virtual copy of the bill you would normally receive in the mail. That will reduce clutter, and if you live at the frantic pace that most actors do, it will also reduce the chance that you’ll misplace this important information.
• With the complete detail provided by paperless billing, you’ll fully understand what you owe and be better empowered to use the Guild’s free “Pay Dues Online” service, if you so choose, saving yourself the cost of mailing. “Pay Dues Online” is free, more secure than the U.S. mail and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Here’s a link to help get you started with paperless billing as well as answers to any additional questions you may have. Don’t worry; should you change your mind, you can always revert back to a paper bill with a simple click if you determine it’s not right for you.
Thank you for your participation in paperless billing. We look forward to hearing from you about how the service is working for you.
Chief Financial Officer
New Year... New Union
By Suzanne Burkhead
National Board Member
Will 2011 be the year it happens? Will SAG and AFTRA finally get together? Talks are under way to explore the possibility of forming a new, successor union to cover all performers. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard, together with AFTRA President Roberta Reardon, have begun the “process-that-will-lead-to-a-process” in which a plan can be developed. As the new year begins, the Presidents’ Forum for One Union’s “Listening Tour” is taking shape. Meetings have been held so far in New York and Los Angeles, with more planned for areas across the country. The purpose of these meetings is to learn from members about how they see the future relevance of a performers’ union in the changing world. Technological advances, media consolidation and the growth of non-union work are just a few of the challenges that lie ahead. In the upcoming months, both unions will be engaged in the process of creating a strategic vision for how the members can best be served. As a member of the SAG-AFTRA Relations Task Force, I will be involved in future discussions to bring the two unions together. If you have an idea or a concern, please let me know.
Both unions will also be looking at the Codified Industrial and Educational Contract, evaluating ideas for increasing work under that contract that came from recent discussions held across the country. The W&W process will be starting soon; joint negotiations are slated to take place in early 2011.
SAG’s Regional Branch Division represents performers across the country who do not live in Los Angeles or New York. Our collective voice is strong, and the other two divisions are listening to us. Our needs in Dallas/Ft. Worth may differ from actors’ needs on the coasts; I’m dedicated to fighting for what works best for us. Got a concern? Let me know.
Please join us as we celebrate the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday evening, January 30. It’s an opportunity for us to come together, as a community of actors – whether we walk the red carpet, attend our local event, or watch from our living room. Together, we applaud the work of our fellow actors. It’s a reminder of what SAG is all about: setting the standard of professionalism.
What Will You Do?
By Brent Anderson
Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch President
First of all, happy new year! I hope that you and yours have enjoyed the holiday season and are refreshed and ready for a busy 2011. For those of us who make a living as working professionals in the entertainment industry here in North Texas, it’s looking like it could be quite a year.
As Suzanne mentions in her article, things are really heating up in terms of the possible creation of a new, single union to represent all performers. The leaderships of both SAG and AFTRA have come to the conclusion that this is the best way to serve the members of both unions.
Those of you who have been around for a while will remember that this isn’t the first time these unions have pursued a more solidified partnership. That naturally leads to the question, “What makes this time different?”
I can sum that up easily in one word: "you."
Seriously, the difference that I see now more than any other previous attempt is that both organizations aren’t just open to your input regarding the new union, they aren’t just asking for your input, they’re pleading for it.
What kind of union do you want to be in?
What types of work do you want to see the new union pursue contractually?
How do you want your health and retirement benefits to work?
How much do you want to be paid?
Quite frankly… what do YOU want?
The pros and cons of having all performers under one union are being debated, discussed and examined in every way possible by the leadership of both SAG and AFTRA. Their goal is to help the members of both unions forge a path that will be beneficial to all. But the only way to do that is to hear from everyone who will be affected.
You will have an opportunity soon to contribute your thoughts, opinions, complaints and/or suggestions on how to best steer the direction of two historical institutions, and create a new entity to best serve us all. I strongly urge you to participate, and make yourself heard when the time comes.
You… are in charge.
DON’T MISS THE PARTY – JANUARY 30
Network with those in front of AND behind the camera at the historic TEXAS THEATRE – all to benefit TXMPA!
Red carpet music provided by the FUNKSTONES (Clayton Coblentz, David Small, Mark Menza, James Neel).
Technical support for statewide streaming provided by NetStream LIVE and Wave Maker Audio.
Buy your ticket now and save some bucks! Click here.
Thanks to everyone who made our 2010 membership meeting a success!
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