LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
By Dee Drenta
Nevada Local Board Member
As a relatively new union member, I am pleased to have been asked to be the editor of our local’s newsletter. I plan to use my decades of sales and marketing experience to complement the efforts of my fellow union brothers and sisters by contributing to our great state of Nevada in every way possible. I will always welcome and encourage all members to share ideas and experiences as content for consideration in our publication. It is my passion that our newsletter be positive and impactful.
I have learned immensely through my mistakes and successes in my career as an actor and voice talent. It is vital to respect and support that we are each doing the very best we can at any given moment on our individual paths. I believe our state will flourish even greater as our devotion to our crafts continues evolving, individually and collectively. My personal goal is to remain open and welcoming to all in our industry by helping to educate, empower and encourage.
2015-2017 NEVADA LOCAL BOARD
Arttours Weeden – President
Kim Renee – Vice President
Rick Rockne – Second Vice President
Mary Ann Hebinck - Secretary
A Message from the Nevada Local President
By Arttours Weeden
As president of the SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local, I want to assure you your local board works very diligently to make sure we’re always representing the voice of the members. It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to serve our members at the local level.
When taking meetings to talk about what’s required to make it better for the actors coming into the business, I always make sure to provide a better understanding of what it takes to obtain their SAG-AFTRA membership. I take pride in being hands-on with the young and young at heart. You are never too young or too old for this business.
Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for the spring membership meeting on May 1 at Teamsters Local 631. We were fortunate to hear from two of the union’s leaders, Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin and National Board member Abby Dylan. It was a great opportunity for Nevada members to ask questions and learn more about their union.
Jane provided an update on various issues of national concern and spent time talking with those in attendance about the challenges they face living in a right-to-work (for less) state.
Abby spoke passionately on behalf of the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement (PTEOE) and delivered a powerful message: Just by being here, you are already leaders.
I had the good fortune to personally attend the Las Vegas Black Film Festival, which took place April 28 - May 1. The event took place at the beautiful Sun Coast Hotel & Casino, surrounded by 81 fabulous holes of championship golfing. I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with other judges for the actor’s showdown event. I met a host of new people and was able to give them information about SAG-AFTRA Nevada that they may not have known, including that with the right guidance and diligence it’s possible to accomplish your dreams and make it in this business.
Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin, National Board member Abby Dylan and the board.