*This style of event will replace the previous Actors Happy Hour!
Let us make 2016 even more memorable – it is down to you the members! Thank you.
Taxes and Financial Stability for Freelance Performers
RSVP here to reserve a seat.
Moderator Harold Phillips brings together three professionals in the tax preparation,
financial advisory and real estate fields to answer YOUR questions about balancing a
freelance working life with the goal of financial stability… and getting your taxes done
the RIGHT way before April 15! This is not a “sales pitch” – nothing will be sold during
These professionals are donating their time to answer your questions… so get ready to
have your tax and financial questions answered!
And because it wouldn’t be an APPNW event without a raffle, we will be raffling one-
hour consultations with each of our panelists! That’s three chances to win!
When: February 27, 2016, 1 PM 4 PM
Where: AFL/CIO Labor Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202
A donation of $5 at the door will be appreciated but is not required.
organization, a past PATA CoPresident, an Oregon Media Production Association and SAG-AFTRA member, and has worked tirelessly to raise the standards of professionalism in our community.
Sandra Vincent has been a full charge bookkeeper for over 40 years and a licensed tax consultant for 20 plus years. She founded The Bookkeeping Company 25 years ago, doing accounting, taxes and payroll. She has been affiliated with live theatre for 25 years, serving on several theatre boards, and has many theatres and actors as accounting and tax clients. “I do these seminars because I like to help people,” Sandra says.
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Andy has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years and has helped thousands of individuals, families, and business owners make progress on their financial goals. Raised in the Midwest, he and his wife Laura moved to Portland 20 years ago. They have two boys, two cats, and one mortgage. When he’s not in the office, he serves those in need through his Rotary Club and other nonprofit organizations. He enjoys the great outdoors, reading, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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Bonnie Roseman has, for 25 years, been using her own special creativity to assist creative folks with mortgage financing, navigating scheduling and all aspects of house hunting and achieving homeownership. And she does this while pursuing her own acting aspirations and juggling kids, pets, family and an assortment creative interests.
Bonnie is deeply committed to helping clients and friends build high quality of life in a caring community.
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The Alliance of Professional Performers NW’s Actors Happy Hour is back! We’re a group of people who “get” you and the challenges you face as a professional performer in the Northwest market!
Every third Tuesday of the month we’ll be hosting our Actors Happy Hour to meet up with fellow actors, producers, directors, writers and crew members of our film industry, and to talk about interesting topics related to our profession.
Tuesday, January 19th sets in motion this year’s events at Mad Sons on 1109 SE Madison St. 6-9 pm.
Join us for a drink, delicious food, and an exciting conversation!
As you know, APP-NW holds Board elections in February of each year – and we’d love to see YOUR name on the ballot!
The Alliance of Professional Performers – NW is committed to improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry and to protecting performers through the establishment of workplace standards. The majority of this work is taken on by the organization’s Board of Directors and the committees overseen by the Board. Board members are responsible for guiding the organization’s activities, keeping it fiscally solvent, and making sure the organization adheres to its mission.
The deadline to receive your nominations is December 31st, 2015.
If you or someone you know wants to work together to create a community that stands, and supports each other, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31st with “Elections 2016” in the subject line.
The APP-NW Board of Directors
Down time? Tune Up! What to do in the off season to keep your skills sharp.
Our shows have wrapped; holiday commercials have all been shot; theater seasons are cast. Don’t wrap yourself in a blanket and weep. Come share with us how you keep your skills sharp and your body and mind at peak condition.
Join the APP-NW revolution at our new venue, Mad Sons of America (1109 SE Madison St. Portland, OR 97214) this Tuesday October 20, 6-9 pm. As usual, we’ll have an awesome and lively conversation, delicious food, great company, and our traditional raffle.
Remember, all members of our film and theater community are invited!
September’s Actors Happy Hour! was a great start to the fall season with a lively discussion of Red Flags – what should alert you to problems on set and how you should react. APP-NW member and actor, Elizabeth Zimmerman, regaled us with some scary, some amusing “audition” ads from Craigslist and other sources, and some good sense tips about recognizing when an audition or offer might be too good to be true, or even dangerous. We’ve attached the tips sheets that were the result of Elizabeth’s great research on the subject.
Here are some great tips put forward by our members:
Everyone on a production may be a newbie, but the AD is never new.
Auditions held in hotel rooms are to be avoided. If you must go, take someone with you.
Always let someone know where you are going, and when you expect to be back, especially if the audition or gig doesn’t go through an agent.
Read the whole script before you accept the job so there are no surprises about what you’ll be expected to do.
Raise concerns if the location is changed at the last minute.
Raise concerns if asked to do something that wasn’t in the script you were furnished.
Never be afraid to bring a concern to the AD and work with the production team to solve the issue. If a situation can’t be corrected on set; you can always refuse to participate.
Read your contract before you sign it, no matter how close to shooting it comes to you. If it doesn’t reflect your understanding, don’t sign until you get clarification.
Trust your gut – if you’re prepared, and know your rights and responsibilities, you can trust your instincts.
If the script calls for a scene with sexual content, you are entitled to a blocking rehearsal of the scene so you will know just what to expect when you get in front of the camera. Ask for it.
One of our members, an experienced actor, related a very recent experience on the set of a series where 2 colleagues reported to her that they’d been kissed by another actor in a crowd scene during a scripted black-out. She had to convince these young women that they should report the behavior to the AD. Her story led to a lively discussion about the tendency of younger actors, accustomed to the greater lack of privacy inherent in our lives today via FB, Instagram, etc., to be unaware of what constitutes inappropriate or abusive behavior that is not to be tolerated. That, coupled with a lack of knowledge about what to do in such a situation, timidity and a reluctance to “rock the boat,” points up the importance of knowing your rights and responsibilities before you get on set.
Remember, your career success does not rest on one job. Be prepared; be aware; be sure of your rights and responsibilities.
Legitimate reasons to choose not to do a role you’re offered:
Changes to the role: nudity, adding a physical activity that is dangerous, eating or drinking something you are allergic to, the role is now much smaller or different than the one originally auditioned for or has been made an “extra,” etc.
Personal/ business reasons: the director’s behavior was abusive, scheduling or location conflicts, salary changes, and/or the production feels unprofessional, etc.
If your instincts tell you that the job or the project is something to stay away from, listen to your gut and move on.
It is not okay to accept work when you are already booked to do something else, no matter how trivial. Your word is your bond.
Be the actor who takes every opportunity seriously, considers its value, and makes an informed decision, following your heart and mind. But go for most jobs with the commitment and enthusiasm needed. It is always okay to say no/ turn down a job. We are artists and should never feel beholden to others to take a job just to take a job. That said, just because you can turn down a job doesn’t mean you should. I have personally turned down projects with themes that don’t jive with what I believe. I have turned down projects that have bordered on the wrong side of the ethical fence with what I believe. Those situations are very few and far between, but they exist. I have turned down quite a few projects because I didn’t like the script or the story.
As actors, you should feel strong and safe enough to make the same choices. Yes, you have representation to answer to and you will have to have those difficult conversations with them. However, at the end of the day, it’s your name, your face, and your brand, and you have to be comfortable with the project/product. There are times when you should just suck it up and do it even though the project doesn’t check off every box. There are also times when it’s better to choose your soul and beliefs or even artistry over a paycheck or desperation. Be brave.
Beware of anyone looking for “new faces”. Everyone has a new face! You can walk out your door and find dozens in a minute! The word “new faces” is a red flag for scam.
Beware of general needs such as “any ethnicity, ages 15 to 75″ thats almost EVERYONE! Real castings have specific needs (with the exception of extras).
Beware of “no experience necessary” acting, dance and modeling takes experience and training. Really, who is hiring actors who can’t act or fashion models that can’t walk? The only exception may be neighborhood fashion shows and student films.
Beware of ads with large pay. Ads that read like “models and actors needed for ‘put in any large brand here’ pay is $1200 daily and job is 4 to 5 days….” Yeah right, budgets that large get pros from agents, Not Mary and Jane off the street. Keep in mind that the SAG daily rate is around $750 and that is to experienced pro actors in a union that pay dues.
Speaking of union rates… Beware of ads that quote union rates such as $752 a day without mention of union. They are just pulling union jobs knowing you have ZERO way of getting the gig or worse, making them up and quoting union rates.
Beware of anything that asks for lingerie, topless, etc. and request pics from you to be considered. Use your imagination on what someone will do with those. Real casting directors will want head shots, full body shot(clothed) and measurements and ask you to try on their clothing at the audition, once one is scheduled.
Beware of webcam auditions, Skype auditions and the like from people you do not know. There are legit ones done that way with experienced actors and scammers are playing on that. There have been many scams where ladies did those and were talked out of their clothing by people saying “I need to see what you really look like” and other lines. Those videos then get sold in other countries and end up all over the internet for other’s enjoyment.
Beware of Extras casting calls. Generally, large productions go through a casting company. Anyone posting things like “Extras needed to make scene look ‘real’, ’Insert big movie name here’ pays $300 daily” is a scam. Large productions in small cities will post notices, but in large cities, they already have all the extras needed, unless there is some specific needs the extras agency can’t fill.
Small productions will post calls but an extra does not make close to $300. Think more along the line of min wage or less. $50 to $100 may be more realistic. Do not sign up for any background or age verification site. Those are 100% scam, even though it seems free for you to do it, the scammer is selling your info to an unsuspecting company and you will never hear back about the audition.
Beware of anything that says call some number, casting agents are waiting. Casting directors look at headshots and resumes than call back who they like. They do not sit by a phone waiting for everyone and their mom to call without even knowing if they fit. Basically, they call you if they like you.
Beware of ANYONE that approaches you at a shopping mall to sign you up to audition for Disney Channel or whatever. Those are 100% fake. Disney does not work that way nor does any casting director. Those are sales people who are trying to get you in the door so they can then sell you stuff. There is no audition!!!!! You will be wasting your time going and many meetings later they will ask for payment for some inferior service. It takes many meeting because they attempt to gain your trust and have you invest your time. They try to make it look like they are doing auditions, then callbacks, etc. Not for a real role. It is for the opportunity to work with them and they make people feel special for being selected to come back so much. Fact is, they do that with everyone and the only thing they are evaluating is your ability to pay up.
And lastly, beware of anyone selling anything. Remember, you applied for a JOB! Means, they pay YOU!
How to protect yourself:
Get an email, an anonymous one for casting calls that you respond to. That way if it gets spammed, you can change it easily.
NEVER, follow a link to another site asking you for any info that you got in a response.
Do your homework – Google company names. If you want to see any bad press you can Google ‘company name scam’ or things along that line. Check consumer report sites. Many try to hide the bad press and small operations change names often. If you can’t find anything about them, that’s a red flag.
You can check how long their website has been around by doing a ‘who is’ search. I just ran into a agency that looked fishy the other day. They claimed tons of credits and offered promises of fame.
I checked them out. Their company website was created a few days back, hosted in the Ukraine and registered anonymously. Unless the Ukraine is the new Hollywood, I’m thinking, this may be a scam.
Remember, if it sounds like a dream, it most likely is just some low life trying to pay his bills off yours. Real jobs take commitment, training and diligence. You begin at the bottom with low paying jobs and castings in small productions, then work your way up as it is in any industry. Once you get some training, a resume and experience, then you get an agent to go after the larger jobs.