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Why is a union important for a media performer?. Requirements to compete. Stage = AEA You need credits on a Resume You need hours on the boards to be competitive. Media = AFTRA/SAG The right look. No experience really, able to take direction in an audition and show up and on time.

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requirements to compete
Requirements to compete
  • Stage = AEA

You need credits on a Resume

You need hours on the boards to be competitive.

Media = AFTRA/SAG

The right look. No experience really, able to take direction in an audition and show up and on time.

quality or quantity
Quality or Quantity ?

Non-union

No contract:

Buyout fee no residuals

No payment enforcement

No control of usage

Union (Scale)

Payment in 30 days

Health insurance

Retirement

Residuals

Late fees

Arbitration (free)

la or ny
LA or NY?

While you’re here, AFTRA is your “tool” to being a professional immediately.

1 year AFTRA =

SAG & AEA

some of the largest corporations locate in ohio t his is only hamilton county
Some of the largest Corporations locate in Ohio(…this is only Hamilton County)

Procter & Gamble

Kroger Company

Macy’s

Fifth Third Bancorp

Western & Southern Financial

Chiquita Brands International

Cincinnati Bell Headquarters

American Financial Group Inc.

Western & Southern Financial Group

Cintas Corporation Corporate Office

University of Cincinnati Headquarters

Mercy Health Partners

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Tri-Health

Frisch\'s Restaurants Inc.

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Who are the players?

Product

Ad Agency

Client

Production team

Post production

Producer

Casting

Agent

Talent

they go to great lengths to find the right talent
They go to great lengths to find the right talent.

The casting director sees hundreds of actors.

You are called back for the producer and director.

Your tape is approved by the Ad Agency.

Your tapes are sometimes even viewed by paid focus groups.

Your audition tape is played for the client

(and his mother) before you get the part.

If you’re good enough to book you’re good enough to get paid.

dirty little secret
Dirty little secret….
  • Some Employers and Agents can take advantage of you if you let them.
  • Charge client your rate

Pay you less (just this once)

Pocket the difference.

  • Once you to work for less they will expect it in the future.
  • They tell you you’ll get more work NON-UNION. (They may be right)
employers
Employers

They won’t hire union to be “nice”

They will hire union if they have to.

employers don t realize
Employers don’t realize
  • Your work is not 9-5 and steady so they pay you to be available and serious about the work.
  • Buyouts hurt your chances for future bookings
  • Like employers, actors should receive health care and retire with a pension like everyone else.
employers expect exclusivity
Employers expect exclusivity

And own your image.

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Without a contract, you end up giving away

your only commodity…your image.

forever

they will tell you
They will tell you
  • Union “scale” is too expensive
  • You will work more non-union
time is money
Time is Money

Local Rates: 1 week, 4 week, 13 week, 1 year.

Work on script (Copy) 1/2 hour

Audition 2 hours

Call back 2 hours

Shoot day 8 hours

Total= 12.5 hours

On Camera (Day Player)

$300 SCALE

$300 ÷ 12.5 hours = $24.00 an hour

time is money1
Time is Money

4 auditions a week 3 call backs with no booking = 31 hours @ ($0)

As an actor you make:

A WHOPPING

77¢ an hour

On Camera (Day Player)

$300 SCALE

unions federations associations guilds

ACTORS’

EQUITY

Association

Unions:FederationsAssociationsGuilds

AFTRA- Your Voice in

Music,, Entertainment and

News & Information-

Your Union

one year after working as a principle performer under aftra makes you sag and equity eligible

AFTRA

One year after working as a principle performer under AFTRAmakes you SAG and Equity Eligible

AFTRA- Your Voice in

Music,, Entertainment and

News & Information-

Your Union

AFTRA is an open union

New members must complete an application and pay a one-time initiation fee and dues for the current dues period. The initiation fee is $1,600 minimum dues are based on earnings.

Locally: $850 Adults

Half for Children 12 and under

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AEA

Representing over 45,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre.Initiation Fee $11001.) Equity Contract You may join the Association by virtue of employment under an Equity contract. 2.) Eligibility Applicants must be members in good standing of the sister union for at least one year, and must have worked as a performer under the union\'s jurisdiction or three extra contracts in that unions\' jurisdiction. 3.) Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC)50 weeks of EMC work at participating theatres.

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SAG

Initiation Fee $2,211

Television/Feature Films/Commercials/Industrials

A performer becomes eligible for Screen Actors Guild membership under one of the following two conditions: proof of SAG employment or employment under an affiliated performers union. Dues are based on earnings.

now you know
Now you know
  • You have the right to earn a fair rate for your work.
  • You have a right to stand with other actors in a union

and organize through collective bargaining.

  • You deserve respect for providing a valuable service.
  • It’s okay to make money.
just one question

Just one question

What would this presentation be…

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