Dallas/Ft Worth 2008:05

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Dallas/Ft Worth 2008:05
May 1, 2008


The news is good for film and production work in Texas. The year 2007 saw 70 SAG productions in film and television produced around the DFW and Houston branch areas. These projects range from short films to feature films and network television series. With the Moving Image Industry Incentive Program in place, we anticipate continued growth in the quality and volume of work in 2008.


By Brent Anderson
SAG DFW Branch President

Are you doing everything you can to promote your career? Recently, I participated in a SAG/AFTRA ProACT event that discussed the various methods available to actors to promote themselves. For those of you who haven’t heard, your local SAG/AFTRA elected officers and staff are working to do just that—for you.

We’ve compiled a SAG/AFTRA Headshot Book of more than 100 union members in the area, and put together a video demo reel that showcases union talent in North Texas. Our plan is to hand-deliver these promotional packages, consisting of the book and video demo, to producers and agencies all over North Texas.

We want them to know who you are.

The good news is that we’re still collecting headshot and video demo submissions. I urge every one of you to participate. Deliver 25 copies of your headshot and resume, and one or two video clips of your broadcast work, to the SAG office, 15950 N. Dallas Pkwy., Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75248. If you don’t have a video clip, don’t worry. Deliver your headshots and resumes so you’re not left out of the action. Get your materials in as soon as possible. Call (972) 361-8185 and speak to Trish if you have any questions.

Other items of note:

  • iActor is online now, and casting directors will be using this tool when casting projects in this area. If you are not on board yet, make sure you get your materials submitted and create your profile on SAG.org.
  • SAG.org has undergone a facelift and has a totally new look. If you haven’t lately, make sure you log on and check out all of the information and services available to you via this site.
  • When was the last time you checked your address, phone number and e-mail on SAG.org? You want to stay connected and make sure those residual checks find you. Log on and check your personal information today.

That’s it for now. I hope to see all of you in the DFW SAG/AFTRA Head Book and Video Demo!


We work in such a fast-paced electronic world. There are already some great sites, such as iActor and Actors Access, but so many of the Web-based actor sites that I have seen are not legit and are just about taking money from hopeful actors and extras. But I know that when I go to iActor, I won’t be wasting my time. I will be using a legitimate service with real SAG actors.

Jo Edna Boldin
505 Studio Works

Do you have your resume and headshot up on iActor? Log in to SAG.org for this free member benefit. It's only your career!




By Suzanne Burkhead
SAG National Board Member

These are challenging times, and there are more challenges ahead. As of this writing, negotiations are under way for the TV/Theatrical contract. New media, and how compensation is determined, will have long-term effects on member earnings. Jurisdictional issues will likely escalate. Hollywood political issues, in the short term at least, could continue to polarize the rest of the country.

I will continue to advocate for what is best for our DFW members, both within the Regional Branch Division and in the National Board Room. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

The time is now to build our local strength and unity. Get involved with our local council, join one of our organizing teams and connect with fellow members for our networking event every third Thursday at Hector’s on Henderson.

We may be gripped, clenched and strangled by political issues beyond our control, but I will continue to do what I think is right for our membership in DFW. We must continue to concentrate on our organizing efforts to create more contracted work for our members and find every means possible to fight the real enemy: non-union.


The Dallas-Ft. Worth Branch invites you to:

Screen Actors Guild
75th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 21, 2008
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

AMS Studios
16986 N. Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75248

You and a guest are cordially invited to attend. RSVP to Trish Avery at (972) 361-8185 or tavery@sag.org. The 75th SAG Anniversary Committee co-chairs are Mary Jean Bentley and Lizabeth Cardenas.


To be ready to make the most of your next professional opportunity, plug into this ProACT workshop:

  • May 5—Give Me a Break!—KD Theater (7-9 p.m.) Professional actors and industry pros share what they know and what to avoid while breaking into the biz. Do I need to pay someone to get into the biz? How does this business really work and how do I find work?


Chad Gundersen, Robert Guillaume and Mary Jean Bentley


DFW Branch member Mary Jean Bentley starred with Gavin MacLeod and Robert Guillaume in The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, featured in this year's USA Film Festival's Texas Filmmakers Showcase. The screening took place on April 27 at the Angelika Film Center-Mockingbird and actors Mary Jean Bentley and Gavin MacLeod as well as director Rich Cristiano and producer Chad Gundersen were in attendance.


By Lisa Dalton

Isn’t it amazing what the very word “audition” conjures in the heart, mind and gut of an actor? A flood of fantasies race through your head, images of whom you will meet, how you will read, getting a call back, booking the part, and shooting your scenes. Through your mind fly kudos from your family, more work from the same director, nominations acclaiming your talent and a red carpet stroll to an Oscar! While all of that is happening, a sense of dread may creep over you, bearing the weight of yet another lack of response after eight hours of driving, another judgment on your talent, and possibly another rejection. Will you make the best choice? Will your hands shake uncontrollably? Suddenly you're feeling like a bumbling idiot who can’t deliver the goods you know you have inside. Will this audition be the first and last time you perform the role? Will they like me? Will they really really like me?

So you have a business meeting!

What does the word “meeting” conjure in you? Easily handled, right? If changing one single word can increase your sense of calm and focus, you might consider calling your professional encounters with casting directors just this, like they do in Los Angeles. For film and TV, you have pre-reads and meetings. How to perceive things is your most creative act.

In my 18 years of interviewing casting directors while acting and coaching actors in Hollywood, it became very evident that the first 30 seconds that you are seen determine 60-90 percent of the decision as to whether you have a real shot at this particular part. Does it seem unfair? Well, how long does it take you to recognize “star quality” in an actor? There just seems to be an air of lightness and ease in all they do, seen and felt instantly by all.

So, what are the mysterious ingredients in that sparkle? It might be easier to say what is not in it? If you picture a star shining in the center of your chest, you could say that every element of fear, doubt, desperation, every untrained part of your acting creates clouds that block others from experiencing your star quality. Dissolve the clouds with humor, great training and by learning to walk, breathe and talk with the rhythmic flow of charismatic people. Study and imitate their breathing, movement and vocal fluidity, then find your own expression of that radiance and carry it into your “meetings” and out into the world. People will want to have you on their team.

Break a leg!

Lisa Dalton has been a SAG member for 29 years in New York and Los Angeles and now resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. You may contact Lisa through tavery@sag.org.


You know something’s working when you ask for more time. And our Third Thursdays rule the acting scene with extended hours from 6-8:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar, because you’re busy every third Thursday at Hector’s on Henderson!

What: Third Thursdays
Where: Hector's on Henderson
2929 Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(just east of I-75)
When: 6-8:30 p.m.

It’s the place to nosh and network with the pros. Join us. Hector's has free valet parking and great appetizers.


NEW MEMBERS: Kevin Ray Adkins, Charles Baker, Lloyd W.L. Barnes, Michael McKee, Emilio Mazur and Veronica Ray

TRANSFERS: Joni Hill, Paul Jeans, Jana Henleben Jones, Deb McClintock, Ginger McDaniel, Selma Pinkard, Bethany Rhoades, Jason Seely, Candace Henry, John Salerno and Dan Schlund, Marie Wise


(This update is provided as a members-only service. Information is subject to change. Although these producers may have initiated signatory paperwork, always check with the office to make sure the project is fully signed before working.)

Prayer Hour—Internet Series
Prayer Hour Ministries, Inc.
Location: Houston, TX
Start: January 1, 2008 - ongoing
Casting: Don Worley

Kick the Can—Theatrical
Kick the Can, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: April 21, 2008
Casting: Taylor Phillips

Friday the 13th—Theatrical
Crystal Lake Productions, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: April 21, 2008

The Two Bobs—Low Budget
Two Bobs, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: April 26, 2008
Casting: Seth Caplan

Easier With Practice—Low Budget
Location: Austin, TX and Albuquerque, NM
Start: April 28, 2008
Casting: Cookie Carosella

Ex-Terminators—Low Budget
Ex-Terminators, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: April 28, 2008

The Rose A Sense of Place—Ultra Low Budget
A Sense of Place, LLC
Location: Ft. Worth, TX
Start: April 30, 2008
Casting: Logan Gilpan

Walking Distance—Ultra Low Budget
Upstart Filmworks
Location: Houston and Galveston, TX
Start: May 1, 2008
Casting: Mel House

Nothing But Dreams - Theatrical
Aimster Productions, LLC
Location: Tulsa, OK and Fontana, CA
Start: May 5, 2008

Little Beach Bums 2—Low Budget Modified
Angelblue Productions, LLC
Location: Houston, TX
Start: May 15, 2008

Doesn’t Texas Ever End—Low Budget Modified
Inner Vision Productions, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: May 15, 2008

Artois The Goat—Ultra Low Budget
Monolith Productions, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: May 16, 2008
Casting: Richard Reininger

The Other Side of Paradise—Ultra Low Budget
Striped Socks Productions, LLC
Location: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, TX
Start: May 17, 2008

A Tribute to Big Rick—Low Budget
MvsM Interests, LLC
Location: Dallas, TX
Start: May 19, 2008
Casting: Lori Madrid

Bearding Christian—Low Budget Modified
Angelblue Productions, LLC
Location: Austin and Dallas, TX
Start: June 1, 2008
Casting: Lauren C. King

A Flag Between Two Families—Low Budget
Little Bear Productions, Co.
Location: San Antonio and Eagle Pass, TX and WA DC
Start: June 1, 2008

Radio 101
—Low Budget Modified
101 Radio, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: June 1, 2008

The Abductors—Ultra Low Budget
The Abductors, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: June 20, 2008

Guys—Low Budget Modified
Guys the Movie, LLC
Location: Austin, TX
Start: June 2008
Casting: Shannon Makhanian

Behind the Palisades—Low Budget Modified
Angelblue Productions, LLC
Location: Houston, TX
Start: June 2008
Casting: Lauren C. King

Zombie Love—Ultra Low Budget
Ken Morris
Location: Dallas, TX
Start: June 2008
Casting: Ken Morris

Friday Night Lights—TV Series
NBC Studios Inc.
Location: Austin, TX
Start: July 2008
Casting: Beth Sepko


The Buzz is the official e-newsletter for the Dallas/Ft. Worth SAG Branch. It’s designed to keep members informed of current activities and events. Send your comments, questions and suggestions for topics to tavery@sag.org.