Myth #10

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SAG-AFTRA leaders in Texas realize many myths exist about being a union member in a ‘right-to-work’ state. To bust these myths and arm you with the facts, a Top 10 Myths list has been created. These myth-busting facts also include additional resources to help you steer your career in the right direction.
We believe you will find this information helpful and want you to join us - your fellow members - to grow the union market in our community. To find out how you can be a part of our Texas Leadership Think Tank, please contact Trish Avery at

MYTH #10:
"As a union member, I'm not allowed to audition for non-union work."


FACT: You are allowed to audition for non-union work. However, you cannot work without a union contract. Audition. Get the part. You’re likely to stand out in a non-union crowd. Once you’re offered the role, explain that you can’t do the role unless it’s union. Let the producer know that going union is not nearly as complicated or expensive as they might imagine. Staff is right here in Texas to help with the paperwork.

FACT: You are encouraged to audition for non-union work because:

  1. Non-union producers get a chance to see amazing talent they wouldn’t otherwise see; 
  2. When you land that job and get a union contract, you turn that non-union production union.
  3. You can help organize more work by sharing information about non-union producers or companies with union staff so they can inform them about our contracts.

Want to learn more about our contracts so you can converse intelligently with producers? Check out the SAG-AFTRA Production Center.

Questions? Call your local union office at (214) 363-8300.