COMPUTER GEEK CORNER
The Importance of Backing Up Your (Valuable) Data
It’s not sexy, but an important part of your computer’s health is backing up your valuable data (headshots, resume, video, etc.). Many things can go wrong with your computer, but if it crashes due to a failure of the hard drive, you can lose all your data. Think about all the work you do on your computer every day, all the websites you go to, all the bills you pay online …
Most security experts say a user’s data is not safe until it is in three different places. That way, if one method fails, you can recover your data from two other places. This usually results in data:
1. On your computer;
2. In the cloud/online; and
3. Physical media, such as a flash drive
Some Internet providers offer space for free as part of your monthly bill. Usually, they ask you to keep a folder on your computer that uploads automatically to your segregated portion of the cloud. Anything in that folder gets copied.
You should especially do this with your cellphone. If you have an iPhone, Apple makes it easy with a one-click process in iTunes. I suggest doing this at least once per month. That way, if someone steals your phone, you can at least get the majority of your address book and photos copied from your backup onto your new phone.
Another option is to place a copy of all your headshots, resume, etc. on a flash drive. I suggest keeping this in your car. Most copy places will allow you to print off a flash drive. That way, if you are on the way to your audition and you realize you accidentally left your picture/resume at home, you can swing by a copier and print what you need.
Computers are full of man-made parts. You need to think in terms of when, not if it is going to fail. By some simple planning on your part, your acting career doesn’t have to suffer!
WELCOME RECENT NEW MEMBERS AND TRANSFERS
New members: David F. Harris, Jaymes Vaughan, Daniel TwoFeathers, Jonathan Broderick Moss, Zacharias Tapp, Kaci Machacyk, Joseph T. Bell, Amber Blow, Brandon Severs
Transfers in: Anthony Brand, Barbara Brighton, Giada Lazzeri, Karim Fawzy
NEVADA LOCAL BOARD
Barbara M. Grant
2nd Vice President
Mary Ann Hebinck
Local Board Members
Heart Lanier Shapré
National Board Member
A Message from the Nevada Local President
By Barbara Grant
To those members (you know who you are) who came to our SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local annual meeting last month: Thank you. We always appreciate your participation. For those who didn’t make it, I really hope to see you there next year. This is not only an informative event, but a fun way to see your fellow union members and a great morale booster for us all! A special note of thanks to Teamsters Local 631 for allowing us to use their hall.
A few items worth noting from the meeting: Julie Crane, the Locals Administration Staff liaison for our market reminded everyone of what a valuable resource the SAG-AFTRA website is and that it’s more streamlined and interactive than ever. She also reiterated how important it is to have your current contact information — especially email — registered with the union so you can receive national and local updates. Also, remember to set up a free profile on the iActor section of the site to be searchable by casting directors if you haven’t already.
SAG-AFTRA’s new regional set relations representative, Lori Shockley, stopped by the membership meeting and introduced herself to the Nevada Local members. Lori is based in Dallas, but will be visiting sets in markets across the country without staffs or offices where there are clusters of production — this includes Nevada! Her responsibilities involve contract enforcement, building relationships with production staff, providing outreach to performers and covering emergency set visits.
Another issue discussed during the meeting was members’ concerns that the Nevada film incentive program was significantly reduced recently in order to help fund the new Tesla manufacturing plant. The good news though is we hear from several reliable sources that the governor’s plan for 2015 includes replacing these funds.
As many of you know, Nevada has had a few projects produced here using the new film incentive, including Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the untitled Gerardo Naranjo project and Sin City Saints. Also, as part of the incentive program, our state legislature made it mandatory for every production approved under the program to hold an open meeting in Nevada before shooting begins. I have attended some and saw a number of my fellow SAG-AFTRA members there, as well (I thank you all). These meetings have proven to be advantageous not only to our union members, but to the production company and other industry partners in helping us all work together more smoothly. We will keep you posted on film incentive developments as they progress.
From left, Heart Shapré, Arttours Weeden, Julie Crane, Barbara Grant, Rick Rockne and Kim Reneé. Photo by Anna Wendt
Nevada members engaged in the meeting. Photo by Anna Wendt
For new Nevada residents, if you have relocated to Nevada from another state, welcome! Please do yourself and our local a favor by changing your affiliation to the Nevada Local so that you can receive communications specific to our market from SAG-AFTRA and be counted as one of our members. You lose nothing; you only gain from this.
The SAG Foundation, which conducts workshops in N.Y., L.A. and other cities, recently held two LifeRaft Q&As and several Casting Access Project workshops in Nevada. It was great to see so many of you participated. Please see Anna Wendt’s article for a summary of the exciting events. Good news: One of the visiting casting directors, Jason Woods, the head of casting for Lifetime, History and A&E channels, told me he plans on coming back to Nevada for a conservatory session in the spring.
I also announced at the meeting there is now a Safety Hotline you will all want to program in your phones. The number is (844) SAFER SET (844-723-3773). Use this emergency number any time, night or day, during non-business hours if you have concerns about hazardous work, find yourself shooting in a dangerous location or are concerned about issues involving minors. All calls are confidential. This number is only for safety issues or to report serious working conditions violations. If you have other questions or concerns, please refer to the SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local Support Contact List.
I want to sincerely thank Bobbie Wolff for organizing SAG-AFTRA’s participation and sponsorship of the Las Vegas Halloween Parade and for building and designing the float so that members who could not walk the length of the parade were still able to participate. It was a shame we didn’t have more of our union members there this year because it really is a wonderful time and a great way to make our presence known as we march our SAG-AFTRA banner down Fremont Street.
Last, but not at all least, mark your calendars: The SAG Awards Viewing Party will be Jan. 25 at Tommy Rockers on Dean Martin Drive. This party is for union members only (plus one guest) and starts at 4 p.m. Look for an electronic invitation coming soon. Have a great, safe and happy holiday season and let’s make 2015 the best yet for the SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local!