Actors Come Together To Celebrate Actors at #ActorsHappyHour – And Many A Story Was Told!

A Hearty Discussion About Actors Helping Actors – Photo Kristin M. Meade

Portland-area actors, we asked you to bring your success stories to Monday’s Actors Happy Hour, and you did not disappoint!

Over 30 people gathered at Foster-Powell’s Bar Maven on August 19 – from actors, to producers, to casting directors – and celebrated actors standing up for themselves and their fellow performers.

  • We heard about people making sure production companies they work with maintain a safe environment and offer fair pay to both cast and crew.


  • We heard about the importance of union and non-union actors working together for professional working conditions in the Northwest – without antagonizing the union or production companies, but as a team!


  • We heard about performers asking production companies if they agree to uphold APP-NW Standards  – and those production companies saying “YES” and asking for APP-NW information cards so they could plan their next production with those standards in mind!

If you weren’t there Monday night, you missed a great evening!  If you were there on Monday night… why not give people a taste of what they missed?  Tell your story (again) in the new Facebook-enabled comments area below!

Didn’t make it on Monday, but still have a story to tell?   Did you ask if a production conformed to APP-NW standards – and receive a resounding, “yes, of course?”  Did you point out a dangerous situation on set and save someone from being injured? Did you speak up to warn a fellow performer away from a situation where s/he might be taken advantage of? Did you work to “flip” a job, or negotiate with production to be sure you and your fellow performers had proper working conditions? Did you mediate an uncomfortable situation on set so the cast and the crew could get back to work?  You can add your story in the comments section too!

While you’re searching your mind for success stories, take a minute to search your phone or camera as well!  Did you snap any photos at Monday’s Actors Happy Hour?  We’d love to see them!  Send your photos to, or just upload them to Facebook and be sure to “tag” The Alliance of Professional Performers!  We’ll add your snap-shots to our #ActorsHappyHour album on Facebook!

Remember, Actors Happy  Hour is the third Monday of every month – mark your calendars now for our next get-together on Monday September 16!  We’re looking forward to seeing you!