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Jun 29 1:00pm-3:00pm
Los Angeles
Audition Like a Pro: How to Turn Nervousness Into MagnetismMore Info

When: 1 - 3 p.m., Thursday, June 29

 

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza

James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level

5757 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Parking will be validated.

 

Do you find yourself sabotaging auditions with nervousness or freezing up when you walk in the casting room? Are you frustrated because you totally kill it in when rehearsing at home or in the car, but for some reason choke right after you slate your name? There is nothing wrong with you! It isn’t a sign "from the universe" that you shouldn’t be an actor. It is actually the opposite.  

 

Join Holly Shaw, hypnotherapist, bestselling author of The Creative Formula, and former actor, to find out how your audition jitters or nervousness can be transformed into your best friend. Learn to make it help you create magnetic and powerful energy in auditions and on film so you will have that magic "it" quality that keeps casting directors calling you back!

 

In this two-hour free workshop, Shaw shares her secrets from over twenty years of studying performance anxiety and from learning to manage it herself while performing in TV, film, and on stages all over the world. You will learn:

 

• The truth about performance anxiety and what’s really going on when the nerves come out and the body acts up

• How to drop into the "optimum" mindset before stepping into an audition

• Powerful tools for transforming audition jitters into magnetism

• The biggest mistake you can make with auditions and how to avoid it

 

This workshop will equip you with tools to manage your nervousness so that when big opportunities arise you'll know you've done everything you can to be your magnetic best.

About Holly Shaw

 

Shaw is a San Francisco-based bestselling author, creativity coach, and hypnotherapist who has worked with hundreds of actors and performers, even some who are Emmy-award winning and Grammy nominated. She helps them to overcome performance anxiety, impostor syndrome and creative blocks so that they can totally kill it in auditions and performances without feeling like they're selling out or losing their sanity.

 

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through October 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

 

You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited.

 

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

Jun 29 5:45pm-8:00pm
Colorado
“Beyond Diversity: How to Launch and Sustain Your TV Creative Career”, June 29More Info

SeriesFest, taking place June 27 - July 2, is an award-winning annual festival based in Denver, Colorado dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest in episodic storytelling on television and other platforms from around the world. SeriesFest continues to provide a platform for audiences to discover noteworthy projects by both established and emerging creators. As champions of this important medium, SeriesFest is thrilled to present a highly anticipated lineup of screenings and programs, including the SAG-AFTRA sponsored diversity panel discussion and new media contracts workshop. Also as part of our SAG-AFTRA sponsorship, Colorado Local Members will receive a special SeriesFest Discount. See details below.

 

The SAG-AFTRA presentation features industry experts and a casting executive who will focus on the current state of diversity in television – from behind and in-front of the camera – and then give creators – writers, directors, producers, actors – tips on getting into network diversity programs and how to navigate the landscape in television.  Hear real success stories from the popular series Project Greenlight, HBO’s Writing & Directing Fellowships and upcoming TBS and TNT television pilots and series.

 

When: The two-part panel begins at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, June 29

 

Where: Sie FilmCenter
2510 E Colfax Ave,
Denver, CO 80206

 

Scheduled Panelists:

  • Kelly Edwards, Head of Talent Development and Programming at HBO
  • Mike Page, Director of Casting, TBS & TNT
  • Fanshen DiGiovanni, Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films
  • Dr. Stacy Smith, Founder, University of Southern California’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative   

 

Cost: SAG-AFTRA SeriesFest Discount - $12 tickets for most screenings, panels and events! This offer is available exclusively online. You can purchase tickets here. In order to receive the discount, add the number of (non-member) tickets to your cart, then click the “check out” box. Enter “SERIESFEST2017”in the blue promo code fieldduring final payment process. Discounts will be applied at that time.

 

For more information on the panel, click here. For tickets and additional information about the festival, visit seriesfest.com.

Jul 01 12:00pm-1:00pm
Colorado
New Media Low Budget Contract Workshop, July 1More Info

Are you interested in producing a low budget New Media project, but don’t know where to start? Is the online signatory process unfamiliar to you? Do you have questions regarding the terms and conditions of the New Media Agreement? If you are creating a dramatic or non-dramatic entertainment program for initial release on a new media platform, then this workshop is for you

 

During this workshop, SAG-AFTRA staff will explain:

  • The intent and scope of the New Media Agreement
  • Covered terms and conditions of the New Media Agreement
  • Required signatory and productions documents
  • The online signatory process
  • Additional information required to register a New Media project

 

This workshop is open to anyone interested in producing entertainment content for new media.

 

When: Noon – 1 p.m., Saturday, July 1

 

Where: Sie FilmCenter
2510 E Colfax Ave,
Denver, CO 80206

 

Cost: SAG-AFTRA SeriesFest Discount - $12 tickets for most screenings, panels and events! This offer is available exclusively online. You can purchase tickets here. In order to receive the discount, add the number of (non-member) tickets to your cart, then click the “check out” box. Enter “SERIESFEST2017”in the blue promo code fieldduring final payment process. Discounts will be applied at that time.

 

For more information on the workshop, click here. For tickets and additional information about the festival, visit seriesfest.com.

 

These workshops are not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

Jul 05 1:00pm-4:00pm
Los Angeles
The Actor’s Path with Rob Brownstein, July 5More Info

When: 1 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 5

 
Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

 

The journey of being an actor, whether you are at the beginning or well into it, involves several elements: your craft, your career, your community and your life in the world. All these aspects are consistently changing and constantly needing attention so that they can continue to grow. In this workshop, we will discuss and tackle these varying issues, from studying and working to living and auditioning. We may even do some auditioning ourselves as well.

 

About Rob Brownstein

Brownstein has been acting and coaching for many years. Film and TV credits include Straight Outta Compton, Argo, The Last Tycoon, Modern Family, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and many national commercials. He currently teaches at his studio, An Actor’s Space, The Commercials Gym and at Alyson Horn Casting. A longtime SAG-AFTRA member, Brownstein is honored and delighted to give back to fellow members.

 

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through October 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

 

 

You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited.

 

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

 

Jul 05 6:00pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
Secrets To Becoming A Series Regular, From An Actress Who’s Done ItMore Info

When: 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 5

 

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

 

Series regular Ashley Bornancin (Confidential Netflix Series Lead, Seth Green's Camp WWE, Broad City, Scandal) of Career ACTivate will guide you through her four essential ingredients to being a consistently working actor that has worked for her and thousands of actors she's taught. You'll learn how to stand out and be remembered, how to network in a genuine and effective way to book more work, how to increase your prestige and credibility in the industry, how to partner with the right rep for you, and a quick and easy way of building your social media following.

 

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through October 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

 

You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited.

 

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

Jul 06 7:30pm-9:00pm
Ohio-Pittsburgh
Mark Rylance and Friends: Shakespeare and the Battle of Homestead, July 6More Info

Mark Rylance and Friends
Shakespeare and the Battle of Homestead, July 6

Oscar winner (for best supporting actor in Bridge of Spies) Mark Rylance, co-writer Peter Reder, Pittsburgh performers David Conrad, Wali Jamal, Jason Kendall and others perform Shakespeare, sing songs and inhabit characters that describe the circumstances besetting workers in the lead up to the 1892 Battle of Homestead.

The event will be followed by a special meet and greet with Mark Rylance for SAG-AFTRA members. Details to come.

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6

Where: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead
510 East 10th Avenue
Munhall, PA 15120

Cost: Tickets are normally $25 - $50. Only a limited amount of complimentary tickets to the July 6 event for SAG-AFTRA members are available; they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP to ohp@sagaftra.org.

For more information on the upcoming events, please visit http://battleofhomestead.org/bhf/. To see Mark Rylance’s work, visit http://www.markrylance.co.uk/.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jul 08-09 12:00pm-7:00pm
Los Angeles
Tom Todoroff’s Two-Day LA Acting Intensive, July 8 – 9More Info

When: Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9

Where: Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tom Todoroff, the founder of the acclaimed Tom Todoroff Studio & Conservatory in New York has trained and coached actors around the world for more than forty years including Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sasha Alexander, Blythe Danner, Claire Danes, Josh Charles, Samuel L. Jackson, Brendan Gleeson, Bob Hoskins, Lolita Davidovich and Tony Goldwyn. 

Participants in the Two-Day Intensive will learn to transform nervousness into intense excitement, be expressive rather than impressive, strengthen and find their true inner voice, think like a producer and much more. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the Art, the Business and the Spirituality of Acting.

SAG-AFTRA Discount: 20% off of Regular Performer Tuition or Returning Observer Tuition

Click here to sign up and learn more.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jul 09 11:00am-1:00pm
New York
Join SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity at the New York City Disability Pride Parade, July 9More Info

Join SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity at the New York City Disability Pride Parade, July 9

Show your pride as we celebrate 27 years of access and inclusion while rallying together to continue towards equality for the disability community!
 
When: 11 a.m., Sunday, July 9
(The march begins at 11 a.m. but our group is expected to line up at 10 a.m.).
 
Where: Check in at Union Square Park to find the location of the SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity group.
(Parade Route: Union Square Park, traveling up Broadway to Madison Square Park. Festival in Madison Square Park immediately follows the parade.)
 
Join us as we march, roll or dance behind our SAG-AFTRA banner up Broadway in NYC's third-annual Disability Pride Parade. Thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities and their families and friends will descend on Manhattan, celebrating their way from Union Square Park to Madison Square Park, on Sunday, July 9. You can revel in the diversity of New York's disability community and enjoy great music, exciting speakers and a festive atmosphere.

Please let us know if you plan on joining us by emailing diversityevents@sagaftra.org; write “NYC Disability Pride Parade” in the subject line. The first 20 members to arrive will receive a SAG-AFTRA T-shirt.
 
To learn more about the parade, visit http://www.disabilitypridenyc.com, www.nyc.gov/mopd or write to director@disabilitypridenyc.org.
 
Additional questions? Email diversity@sagaftra.org.
 
The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jul 10 6:00pm-8:00pm
Chicago
An Effective Tool for Actors: The Psychological GestureMore Info

Dawn Arnold, actor, director and teacher of the Michael Chekhov acting technique will present a session on the psychological gesture, Chekhov's tool for actors.

In the seminar, actors will learn what the psychological gesture is and how to work with it. Actors should bring a short monologue from a script of their choice (film, TV or theater material) that they are preparing and be ready to answer some leading questions about the character and scene as they explore how to utilize this aspect of Chekhov's technique.

When: 6 - 8 p.m., Monday, July 10

Where: Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC)
1 E. Erie, Ste 660
Chicago, IL 60611

RSVP to kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org

Park at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, and then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through Oct. 31, 2017) for admittance.

Dawn Arnold is a certified master teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association. She is the founder and artistic director of the Moving Dock Theatre Company / Chekhov Studio Chicago and is on the faculty of the Michael Chekhov Association and Michael Chekhov Acting Studio NYC. She teaches Chekhov Acting Technique regularly and coaches actors at Chekhov Studio Chicago

Jul 13 6:30pm-9:30pm
Hawaii
Improv Workshop with Kimee BalmileroMore Info

Hawaii Local Conservatory Presents an Improv Workshop with Kimee Balmilero

Improvisation is for everyone and the benefits are endless. Whether you’re an actor, attorney, a parent, student or digital genius, improv guides you to be present in the moment, trust your own knowledge, support your scene partners, activate your listening, and takes your confidence to the next level. In this class, students will rediscover the fundamentals of improv and learn how to apply these tools to their work as an actor in an audition room, on stage or in front of a camera.

When: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13
 
Where: Studio 909 (Next door to the Musicians Union Building)
949 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814

Limited parking in the building after 6 pm; street parking available after 6:30 p.m.
 
Class Limit: 16
 
Cost: $15
 
RSVP: To RSVP, email Brenda Ching at brenda.ching@sagaftra.org. Payment confirms your reservation. Please mail your check made payable to “SAG-AFTRA Conservatory” to 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI 96814 by Friday, July 7.

About Kimee Balmilero:
Hawaii born actor Kimee Balmilero has been performing professionally since 1994 thanks to her first paying gig as “Woody Woodpecker” at an Earth Day Fair. Other professional credits include: The 3X Emmy Nominated series Hi-5, the Original Broadway Cast of Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon, and most recently, the recurring role of Dr. Noelani Cunha on Hawaii Five-0. While working in NYC and LA for 15+ years, she studied improv and sketch comedy at the famed Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood.

Kimee has performed at such venues as: Radio City Music Hall, The Kodak Theater, UCB in LA, Second City-Hollywood and iO West and has been featured on The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since moving back to Hawaii in 2012, Kimee founded and is the “Head Sillypino” of improvhi, a company and website dedicated to sketch and improv comedy in Hawaii. In March 2015, she created and produced the first ever Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater.

A lifetime student of the legendary Ronald E. Bright, Kimee made her directorial debut with the Hawai’i Premiere of Mamma Mia at the historical Diamond Head Theatre in Honolulu. The show was a hit with Hawaii audiences and was sold out for the entire run and extension. In her spare time, Kimee enjoys karaoke-ing, garage sale-ing, instagram-ing, eating diner spaghetti, pretending like she’s a contestant on Top Chef, and dreaming about sinigang.

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through October 31, 2017) for admittance.

Jul 15 10:00am-5:00pm
Miami
Audiobook Narration Workshop with Johnny HellerMore Info

Audiobook Narration Workshop with Johnny Heller
Sponsored by the Miami Local Conservatory

Johnny Heller is coming to Tampa and offering a 25 percent discount to SAG-AFTRA members to attend his workshop. He will share his experience and expertise teaching script preparation, character choices, marketing branding and workflow; there will be Q&A session at the end.

When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, July 15

Where: Crowne Plaza - Tampa Westshore
5303 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
(For directions, click here.)

Cost: $170.00 for SAG-AFTRA members ($225.00 for non-members)

Registration and Payment Information: Click here or go to www.johnnyheller.com
(Complete the SAG-AFTRA Members Registration Form; click to submit and pay via PayPal.)

Limited Seating: You must reserve a seat and pay for the workshop to be admitted. Reservations will be secured on a first-come, first-served basis. SAG-AFTRA members must present their membership cards (paid through Oct. 31 2017).

About Johnny Heller
Working in almost every genre, Johnny Heller has narrated over 600 audiobooks. Heller is a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award winner, a double nominee in 2015, a 2014 nominee for Best Male Narrator, a double nominee in 2012 and winner of Best Voice in 2008-2011, 2014 and 2015. He is also the recipient of the Publishers Weekly Listen Up award (2008 – 2013). A winner of over 25 Earphone awards, Audiofile Magazine named Heller one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century. He coaches actors in audiobook narration and commercial voiceover locally and nationally through Edge Studio in New York. Please visit his website at www.johnnyheller.com.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

Jul 24 5:30pm-8:30pm
Chicago
Meet the Candidates NightMore Info

The Chicago Local presents Meet the Candidates Night, a "mixer" type of event that gives you the opportunity to informally mingle with fellow members who are running for union office.

When: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 24

Where: Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC)
1 East Erie, Suite 660
Chicago, IL 60611

For more information contact chicagoelections@sagaftra.org or (312) 573-8081.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. No RSVP necessary. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through Oct. 31, 2017) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Jul 26-29 12:00am-11:59pm
Philadelphia
Asian American Journalist Association’s 27th Annual Convention, July 26-29More Info

Asian American Journalist Association’s 27th Annual Convention, July 26-29

SAG-AFTRA News and Broadcast, EEO and Diversity and the Philadelphia Local are proud sponsors of this year’s AAJA Convention and invite current members to register for a 20 percent discount. Join more than 900 journalists, news executives, media researchers and community leaders at the AAJA National Convention. Whether you are a media industry veteran, new to the field or still in school, the convention is a can’t-miss event for media professionals and future journalists looking to network and grow in their careers. The four-day convention includes plenary sessions, panel workshops, seminars and other activities with interactive discussions about industry and community issues.

When: Wednesday, July 26 – Saturday, July 29
 
Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Registrants are also encouraged to attend SAG-AFTRA’s #Protip: Do I Need an Agent? Where do I Start? session in the Career Fair and Expo from 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28.

Also, are you applying for a job at a union station? Moving to a different market? Wondering about getting an agent? Have questions about your personal service contract? SAG-AFTRA staff will be present to answer employment-related questions. You can book a time for a private conversation (20 minutes) and enquire about any aspect of the business no matter what market you are in or what stage of career you find yourself.
 
SAG-AFTRA staff will be available during the following hours:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m., Thursday, July 27
10 a.m. – 1:40 p.m., Friday, July 28.
The office meetings will take place in Congress Hall C at the convention. You must be registered for the convention to participate in the office meetings. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 9 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Click here to make an appointment.
 
Registration: In order to register and take advantage of the 20-percent discount please fill out this online form by Friday, July 14. Proof of SAG-AFTRA membership will be required. If you have questions, please email AAJA program coordinator Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org. Click here for more details.

Regardless of whether you’re able to attend the convention, we invite you to watch SAG-AFTRA and AAJA's recent Google Hangout. Click here to watch the Google Hangout.
 
For more information visit the convention website here; click here for the convention schedule.
 
The products and/or services are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Aug 26-27 10:00am-10:00pm
Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Austin
Septien Entertainment Workshop in AugustMore Info

*Member Discoun*

 

Terry Berland & Harriett Greenspan will be hosting two workshops for Texas members. They are award-winning casting directors for national TV and radio commercials, on-camera television, voice-over, animation, theatre and films.


When: August 26 – 27

 

Aug. 26 – Artists will be split up into two groups. One group is with Terry learning commercial acting based on theatrical short scene work and the other group is with Harriet learning theatrical/film and/or television short scene work. Limited to 30 artists in each group.

Aug. 27 – Artists switch groups. Both training sessions will bring out artist’s acting abilities and open them up, relate authentically and leave you feeling personally empowered.


Where: 2015 Midway Rd #107
Carrollton, TX 75006

 

Cost: SAG-AFTRA members receive  25% discount. Both Workshops are $349.00. Workshops limited to 30 artists. No Cancellations after April 30.

For more information, click here.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.