NextGen performers reveal their journeys to producing entertainment for digital platforms.

The SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement hosted the NGP Café: NextGen Content Creation livestream on Oct. 7. The session featured members of the National NextGen Performers Committee, including Vice Chair and New York Local NGP subcommittee Co-Chair Sarah Seeds, New York Local committee member Evan Bass, actor Doryan Robinson and SAG-AFTRA Director, Entertainment Contracts, Jessica Johnson. National Committee Vice Chair Nikki Dixon moderated. 

NGP Cafés are typically in-person member mixers where NextGen performers can network and relay stories about their work and creative experiences. Due to COVID-19, the event was held via livestream, but it still offered an opportunity for listeners of all ages and categories a chance to get insight about creating their own work. Member performers discussed how content creation has benefited their careers and offered advice on getting started. 

“If you have an idea and it’s unique to you, make it. It doesn’t matter if someone is making something similar: They’re not you,” said Seeds. “So long as you’re the one making it, you’re already 95% of the way there.”

Johnson also discussed how the Entertainment Department is a helpful resource for gaining insight about working under different agreements and hiring fellow actors. 

“I think there’s a lot of fear that [working with our contracts] is too hard, but I want to assure you it’s not,” said Johnson. “Don’t come in [believing] you need to be a major motion picture studio. There is a contract that is designed to work for you.” 

To watch the livestream, scroll below. For other PTEOE webinars, panels and videos, visit the SAG-AFTRA YouTube channel

The views expressed by the guests are their own and not that of SAG-AFTRA. Any mention of products or services does not imply SAG-AFTRA’s endorsement.

NextGen Performers Committee members share highlights of their creative journeys in developing and producing entertainment for digital platforms. Hosted by the SAG-AFTRA President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement, this lively discussion will explore new ways of creating new media, low budget and short films, podcasts, livestreams and more.

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