There are only two things that are certain in life, as the saying goes… Death and Taxes!
Professional performers don’t work 9-5 jobs with a regular pay-check. Because of this, tax time can be particularly daunting… which forms do we need to file? Why (and how) should we be tracking our expenses? What kind of tax bill might we be looking at on April 15?
APP-NW is collaborating with the Oregon Media Production Association’s Portland chapter to help answer these questions (and questions you may not know you had) with a special panel discussion on Tax Preparation For Freelance Creatives.
The Alliance of Professional Performers NW wants to see Northwest actors do more than simply make a living – we want to see them live full, financially secure lives while working in their chosen field!
But how is a creative professional supposed to live a stable life while freelancing? Is there any way out of the “starving artist” trap? APP-NW has joined forces with the Oregon Media Production Association to bring a group of experts together with the goal of helping creative professionals navigate the tricky waters of financial planning –
The talent and professionalism Northwest actors bring to projects shooting throughout our region has played a role in elevating our industry to the national stage – and 2013 looks to be another great year!
We know you want our industry to keep growing… growing into an industry that will be good for everyone working in it!
We are the Alliance of Professional Performers NW – a movement of performers in our region committed to improving and increasing the level of professionalism in our industry, and to protecting performers through the establishment of workplace standards. You may have heard about our movement from a friend, you may have attended one of our meetings over the past year, you may be working hard to spread the word… however you know us, we want youto join us for an informational meeting:
Now that our new year’s festivities are over, actors throughout the Northwest are setting goals and making plans for success in the coming year! If you’re the type to make new year’s resolutions, we on the Alliance of Professional Performers NW Committee have some suggestions for you:
– Resolve Not Just To Work More, But To Work On Better Projects! Now that our APP-NW standards are posted publicly, our members are taking the initiative when they discuss working on new projects! When they’re cast they ask, “does this project confirm with APP-NW standards?” Overwhelmingly the response from producers and directors is – “Yes, of course!” In fact, several producers have thanked those performers for giving them an easy list of things professional performers need so they can do their best work! When you’re discussing a new project with a production company, ask if that project will conform to these basic professional standards – you may be surprised at the response!
– Resolve To Stand Up For Yourself As A Professional – And For Your Fellow Actors! Unfortunately, not all projects conform to APP-NW standards. It’s ok to say “no” to these projects – doing so reminds production companies that you’re a professional (and it opens your schedule up for projects that will meet your professional standards!) Saying “no” also helps educate directors and producers about the basic needs of performers in the workplace, and helps to build a better working environment for every performer in our region! Yes, it’s always scary to turn down work… but doing so doesn’t “burn a bridge” – it lets producers and directors know what they should be offering the next time they want to cast you.
– Resolve To Spread The Word! Remember, we’re all in this together! The only way our movement will make a difference in the Northwest market is if our fellow performers stand with us! Poll your friends and fellow performers – do they know about APP-NW? Have they visited our web site? Have they “liked” our Facebook page? Do they follow us on Twitter? If not, help them join the movement – link them to these resources, and ask them to send us their contact information so they can join the list of performers making a change in our industry! (A good first step might just be to share this news post with them!)
2013 is shaping up to be a great year for professional performers in the Northwest, full of opportunities and growth in our industry. Lets all work together to make sure the industry grows in a way that’s good for everyone working in it!
We’re know we’re looking forward to working with you…
The Alliance of Professional Performers is a coalition of non-union and union actors, working together to improve our Northwest industry for all performers. Recently SAG-AFTRA released a “Do Not Work” notice pertaining to Ashland-based audiobook producer Bee Audio –
Bee Audio, based in Ashland, Ore., is producing books for various major publishers but is paying half or less than half the industry-standard rates to narrators per finished hour of recording and has refused to bargain, stating in a written communication to its narrators that to do so would “involve pay increases across the board” and opting instead to maintain its current “efficient business model.”
As such, and with the unanimous support of the SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Steering Committee, the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee, and professional narrators coast to coast, the National Board of Directors has voted unanimously to issue a “no contract, no work” order against Bee Audio. Therefore, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work as an audiobook narrator for Bee Audio and that violation of such order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
The Board resolution included a request to Actors’ Equity Association to support SAG-AFTRA in this effort by advising its members not to accept work as audiobook narrators for Bee Audio, in accordance with Article X(1)(f)(1) of the Bylaws of Actors’ Equity Association. (Read the entire notice here…)
While this “Do Not Work” notice is directed specifically at union members, the reasoning behind it is completely in line with our goal of improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry and protecting Performers through the establishment of workplace standards. As such, the APP-NW is asking its members to stand in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA on this matter.
Be sure to spread the word about our movement and these new social media pages, Northwest performers. We’re looking forward to engaging with you, and to building a stronger Northwest industry for everyone!
If you were, you saw the public introduction of the Alliance of Professional Performers NW to nearly 300 people working in Oregon’s film and TV industry – and members of the Oregon Legislature as well as state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
Not only were APP-NW members on hand to staff the table our organization shared with Portland’s SAG-AFTRA local, but the local’s Executive Director Nathaniel Applefield had a few things to say about the movement from the stage:
“We must, as a community, protect each other and foster our industry’s growth in a sustainable and professional way.
Unlike producers and crew members, I know that many of you walk onto set feeling mostly like an outsider. For one, or three, or even 10 days, you focus on bringing the acting. As you should. And it’s difficult to speak up in that situation if you need something, like a chair – it’s hard to be alone.
As performers, you have such amazing power, yet you are rarely in a position to feel empowered. Let me tell you, there is not a grip, or a gaffer, or a camera technician, or even a producer in this industry that makes a dime – if it were not for YOU, in front of the camera or on the mic.
Some have said that Portland could be “Hollywood North”. I don’t think that’s exactly right. We will be better than “Hollywood North”. Portland isn’t an attractive place to film a project because we do it for less; our market is an attractive place to film because WE DO IT BETTER.
Over the past year, a new movement of performers has been developing – bringing hundreds of both non-union and union performers together to talk about our work, and the basic standards that professionals deserve in the workplace. This organization is called the Alliance of Professional Performers, and it is a movement committed to improving the level of professionalism within our industry and protecting performers through the establishment of workplace standards.
What standards, you might ask? Well, simple things, like… you deserve regular and timely meal breaks. Like… you deserve a secure place to rest and get shelter from the elements. These are not extravagant demands meant to scare our employers. On the contrary, these things are simply what professional actors need in order to give their best work.
We don’t want to engage in a race to the bottom of working conditions and wages. No! We want to engage in a race to the top of professionalism. So we stand together – as an alliance – to elevate our careers, our industry, and our work.”
Now that we’ve “gone public” it’s time to start spreading the word! If you picked up some of our bi-fold information cards at the SAG-AFTRA and APP-NW table Friday night, be sure to pass them along to the actors you meet at auditions, on set, or wherever you encounter them. Encourage people to visit the web site and find out more about the movement! We’ll be announcing our next big membership meeting in the coming weeks – be sure to keep an eye on the “News” section of APP-NW.org for all the details.
After nearly two years of planning and organization, the Alliance of Professional Performers NW will introduce itself to Oregon’s film and television industry at the Oregon Media Production Association’s annual Oregon’s Got Talent event on Friday September 28.
We couldn’t think of a better setting for our “grande debut” than an event that celebrates the actors and performers that have played a major role in growing Oregon’s industry! If you haven’t already RSVP’ed for the event, do so now – and plan on joining us as we announce our movement to the world!