SAG and SAG Foundation Premiere New Series of Live Streaming “Business of Acting” Career Seminars

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SAG and SAG Foundation Premiere New Series of Live Streaming “Business of Acting” Career Seminars

Los Angeles (January 8, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Screen Actors Guild will launch on Tuesday, January 12, the 15-week LifeRaft Live Stream Program of career-focused seminars for Screen Actors Guild members.

Taking place live and streamed online, the LifeRaft "business of acting" seminars share significant industry knowledge with Guild members everywhere. The program takes place online every Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. (PT) and concludes its season April 27.

The first seminar will feature SAG-franchised agents, moderated by Zino Macaluso SAG's National Director/Sr. Counsel, Agency Relations. Other subjects in the series include casting directors, taxes and money management, contracts, creating a demo reel, and young performers' issues, among other topics.

"The LifeRaft program is yet one more way that the SAG Foundation fulfills its mission to assist, educate and inspire actors," said SAG Foundation President and SAG National Board member JoBeth Williams. The non-profit SAG Foundation is independent from SAG but offers substantive services to Guild members, free of charge.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer these valuable seminars to our members," said SAG National President Ken Howard. "No matter where our members live, they will have instant access to the seminar as it is happening and will be able to use the information to benefit their careers."

Matching industry-leading moderators and panel guest experts to a variety of relevant "business of acting" topics is LifeRaft's winning formula. To participate, Guild members simply visit sagfoundation.org/liferaft/livestream at the scheduled time. Guild members can submit questions during the events via e-mail to LifeRaft@sagfoundation.org or by tweet at #LRLS.

Members who are not able to participate in the live streaming will be able to view the archived seminars on the SAGFoundation.org website.

January's LifeRaft Live Stream schedule includes:


SAG Agency Department: An Evening with Agents
Tuesday, January 12, 6-8 p.m. (PT)
Interested in developing helpful techniques that can advance your career opportunities? What should a performer look for in an agent, and what are agents looking for in a client? What are the intricacies involved in the agent-performer relationship? How much knowledge do you have of the agency regulations and what rights they provide you? Find out this and more from agent guests Lisa Berman from Berman/Sacks (www.bermansacks.com), Jaime Ferrar of the JFA Jaime Ferrar Agency (www.jfala.com), Lalaneya Filuk from the Bloc Talent Agency (www.blocagency.com), Gar Lester from Gar Lester Agency (www.glatalent.com), Chaim Magnum from Lemon Lime Agency, (www.lemonlimeagency.com) and moderator Zino Macaluso, SAG's National Director/Sr. Counsel, Agency Relations.

An Evening with Commercial Casting Directors
Tuesday, January 19, 6-8 p.m. (PT)
Join some of the commercial industry's most respected casting directors as they share the inside track on what it takes to be effective in the audition room. Learn from this stellar panel of commercial casting directors what it takes to book the job and earn a living in commercials. Panelists include casting directors Francene Selkirk Ackerman (Coke, Geico, Saturn, www.shootingfromthehipcasting.com) and Terry Berland (Apple, Pepsi, McDonalds, www.berlandcasting.com), and moderator actor-director Bjorn Johnson (www.bjornjohnson.net).

SAG Contracts Corner: Commercials 101 for Principals
Tuesday, January 26, 6-8 p.m. (PT)

In this comprehensive seminar beginning with a 15-minute presentation on Commercials for Background before expanding into Commercial for Principals, this session presented by the Screen Actors Guild Commercials Department will help you gain valuable knowledge about the basic provisions in the new SAG Commercials Contract. Get valuable tools and information needed for your career as a professional actor in commercials. Please note that this event is pre-recorded and will follow with a live Q and A with presenters online. Panelists include members of the SAG Commercials Department and a SAG actor with extensive commercial experience.

Click here for full schedule of the LifeRaft Live Stream Program.

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About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.

About SAG Foundation
Founded in 1985, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Governed and funded independently of SAG, the SAG Foundation offers substantive services to Guild members, free of charge, in its mission to assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community. Find out more at SAGFoundation.org.


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