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SAG-AFTRA makes every effort to avoid enrolling members with the same name or with very similar names. Because the list of available names changes daily, it would not be helpful for us to research name choices before actor/performer joins. During the joining process, the actor/performer will be asked for three alternate name choices, in case the first choice is not available. A final name-availability check is done at the time the initiation amount is paid. Only then can an applicant be assured of having a particular professional name.

Professional Name Policy
"It is SAG-AFTRA's objective that no member uses a professional name which is the same as, or resembles so closely as to tend to be confused with the name of any other member. SAG-AFTRA urges all applicants and members to minimize any personal or individual risk of liability by avoiding a name that may cause confusion. SAG-AFTRA shall not be responsible or legally liable in the event an applicant or member uses a professional name that may cause any confusion."

During your joining appointment, we will ask you for three alternate name choices, in case your first choice is not available. A final name-availability check is done at the time the initiation fee is paid. Only then can an applicant be assured of having a particular professional name.

For Alternate Professional Name: http://www.sagaftra.org/files/sag/documents/alternate_professional_name_form.pdf

Note: While we strongly discourage members from selecting a professional name that is in conflict with a current member, SAG-AFTRA cannot preclude a member from using their legal name as their professional name. When such a situation arises, SAG-AFTRA requires that the applicant/member sign an "Acknowledgement" form in order for their request to be processed.

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