As part of its continuing effort to support and educate professional performers, Screen Actors Guild, on Friday, April 15 hosted a State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) Crenshaw Workforce Services symposium offering actors vital information, resources and advice on seeking employment.
At the all-day event, the capacity crowd learned about the inner-workings of SAG’s membership, agent relations, legal, contracts and executive departments and heard from longtime member David Westberg. Additional participants included Franklyn Warren, vice president of Central Casting; Sharon Guy, representing the California EDD; John Mattson of the Actors Fund; and AFTRA’s Caroline Coderoni and Charli Wilson.
One of the afternoon’s highlights featured Guy’s step-by-step instructions for applying for EDD benefits and the pitfalls associated with submitting claims.
“This symposium provided an excellent opportunity to get critical information in front of members and future members, and to assist them with real-world career issues. It also saved valuable time by creating a forum where they could get their answered directly by the experts,” said SAG Hollywood Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven. “We are very pleased to partner with the EDD, Central Casting, the Actors Fund and AFTRA, and look forward to continuing our educational efforts. “
SAG member David Westberg offers advice for actors seeking work at the Entertainment Industry Expo Symposium, while SAG counsel Bonnie Chavez, left, and SAG Hollywood Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven look on at SAG Headquarters April 15.