Get ready to make your voices heard, Oregon actors – 2014 is an election year!
It’s no secret that state and local governments have played a major role in the growth of film and TV production in Oregon over the past few years. The state legislature maintains Oregon’s film incentive programs (which have helped bring Leverage, Grimm, Portlandia, and the new series The Librarians to shoot in the state) while production companies interact with county and municipal governments every day to secure locations, permits, parking, and other aspects of their day-to-day operations.
It’s important that our government understands what our industry needs to grow… and it’s important for those of us who work in the industry to help our legislators, county commissioners and city councilors understand those needs. What better time to help educate these government officials than when they’re asking for your vote?
That’s why the Alliance of Professional Performers NW is happy to be allied with the Oregon Media Production Association. OMPA’s Government Affairs Committee is focused on working with government officials to keep our industry growing… but they can’t do it without your help. We hope APP-NW members will contact OMPA and find out how to get involved in this year’s elections –
- Find out who your state legislator is
- Find out if your state Senator or your state Representative is for reelection – and who might be running against him or her
- Attend candidate events (Like Deb Barnes’ upcoming “meet and greet”) and find out what they know about your industry… and how they’ll continue support its growth!
If you’re not already a member of the Oregon Media Production Association then consider joining (remember, represented actors can join as “add-on” members at a substantially reduced rate under their agent’s “umbrella” membership!) Whether you’re an OMPA member or not, however, be sure to keep an eye on their web site – http://www.ompa.org – for information on how you can make a difference for your industry in the upcoming election.