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The Official E-Newsletter of the Houston Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Houston Branch
October 2011


You often hear from us on matters of contracts, productions, dues, etc. Now, it’s our turn to listen. 

As the Houston and DFW organizing teams focus on getting more work opportunities for members, we need to know what is important to you and not guess. Please take 10 minutes out of your day to answer our brief, anonymous survey

Your participation is crucial to our success in providing information to employers and support to your career growth.

Many thanks for your participation!

— The SAG and AFTRA leadership team in Texas.


Members, log in and click here to see current production activity in Texas.


You’ve been cast in a corporate-industrial project, but the script reads like a commercial. What do you do? Give your agent or the office a call.

Recently, there has been some confusion on projects listed as corporate-industrial projects that actually turned out to be commercials. The confusion sometimes stems from the distribution model — broadcast vs. Internet. Some producers think if it’s Internet, it must be corporate-industrial. Not true — a commercial is a commercial, regardless of its broadcast method. A project can be made for the Internet or nonbroadcast use and still qualify as a commercial when it is promoting a commercial product or service. 

How can you tell when it is a commercial? The project features a product in the shot or involves an advertising agency, or the copy reads like a commercial. These are all hints that the project may indeed be a commercial and entitled to be paid at the higher commercial rates. 

Your staff can help you and the producer determine the correct contract and payment due on your project. When in doubt, give us a call at (214) 379-1171.

Robert Nelson 

Houston Conservatory Sets a New Path

Robert Nelson
Houston Branch President
National Board Member

A new season is starting and the Houston Conservatory is gearing up to help you acquire the tools you need to move your career forward. The new chair of the conservatory, Mykle McCoslin, did a fantastic job with our first offering, the HD makeup class. The attendees picked up great tips and skills, which are becoming ever more necessary to learn in our market.

Coming up next we are going to be having a sit-down with the agents in a one-on-one that you don’t want to miss, as well as workshops in voiceover, an update on where the industry is going and how to prepare for it from the perspective of the casting directors, and a special workshop on film business and finance. This will be an overview for those of you who might be interested in producing your own material. One of the most important offerings we have in the works will be setting up to record auditions that have to be submitted online.

Of course our Script 2 Screen live read series continues. Our most recent read, Journey Home was presented to an industry audience last week. Be watching for our future Script to Screen casting notices and, if you don’t wish to read for a part, come out and support your fellow members at the performance. These readings are a great way to network with your fellow actors and make industry contacts.

One thing is for certain: The industry is changing, as are the rules. If you don’t change with them, no amount of luck will help you. We now live in a digital age and the days of stapling a resume to a headshot are long past. Your leadership team is constantly talking to agents and casting directors to bring you the latest information you need to be the most prepared and most competitive professional you can be.

Austin Conservatory

Halloween Bash

When: Sunday, October 30, 7 – 10 p.m.

What: Two live bands – Paul Banks & The Carousels plus Guilty Pleasures. Food from the Texas Kitchen Divas. Happy hour drinks all night and prizes for best pre-carved pumpkin (bring yours to the bash), best film-related costume, most original costume, best couple costume and best overall costume.

Cost: $10 for advance tickets, $15 at the door or $55 for a ticket and a one-year TXMPA membership. Tickets available here.

Event hosted by the Austin Actors Conservatory and benefitting TXMPA.

Welcome New and Transfer Members to the Houston Branch

New: Ricky Borrego, Beverly Brooks, Chloe Csengery, Cleta Ellington, Christopher Stephen James, Ryan Scott Lee, Bethany Rhoades, Audrey Scott

Transfers In: Gretchen Akers, Sam Bassey, Mia Bendixsen, Angela M. Bennett, Caitlin Carter, Rivkah Edelman, Kyle Flood, Carlisle Forrester, Douglas Goff, Andrea Groener, Marilyn Gsponer, Josephine Jackson, Kirsten Therese Leslie, Stephanie M. Ortiz, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Lance Rudder, Pab Schwendimann, Daniel Torres, Kimberly Wharton, Ginny Yang