New Board Members, Actors Happy Hour, Cre8Con, and more.

Dear APP-NW Members,
First, I am thrilled to announce that Monique Fleming and Augustina Elizabeth have volunteered to join the APP-NW Board. They join PK Glazer, Co-Chair; Yolanda Porter, Director/Communications; Linda Gross; and Suzanne Owens-Duval.  Our Advisory Board remains Chrisse RoccaroHarold Phillips and Michele Mariana.  Thank you ALL for your participation.
We have decided not to hold an AHH! this Third Thursday of September for the simple reason that our “Club House” MADSONS has closed permanently.  We are looking for another informal venue to hold our Third Thursday AHH!s. Presently we are looking at ROGUE HALL & ALES on the Park Blocks and the DOUBLE BARREL TAVERN on SE Division & SE 20th.  If anyone has further ideas of a venue that can offer a segregated back room or separate area to meet; Happy Hour prices until 7:00pm and, hopefully, inexpensive food – please contact me or PK Glazer
We will prevail! Put “Third Thursday” AHH! dates in your calendar: October 19November 16 and our Holiday Gathering December 14.  (Second Thursday, but who’s counting!)
Please take advantage of APP-NW’s 20% discount for the upcoming Portland Creative Conference ‘Cre8Con‘,  Friday, September 29.  Visit and register by clicking on “Enter Promotional Code” and type in APPNW.  The discounted ticket price will display below that.  Any registration will benefit APP-NW’s empty coffers, as we will receive a small portion of the ticket price. A good deal for everyone! The key-note speakers include Award-winning Native American actor Wes Studi, comic book writer David Walker and author/film critic Shawn Levy.
Talking of depleted coffers, please consider a small donation to APP-NW.  We are striving to keep the organization membership dues free and we will feature you on our website.  $5-10 you will be featured as Co-starring; $11-20 you will be Guest Starring and $21+ would will be Starring!   Either visit our website or our Facebook page <App-Nw Alliance of Professional Performers – NW> and click on the DONATE button.
Lastly, our congratulations go to of our Advisory Board members for their elevation to the SAG-AFTRA Portland Local Board. Harold Phillips becomes Secretary & Convention Delegate and Chrisse Roccaro becomes Board Member & Convention Delegate.  Our thanks also go to our Advisory Board member Michele Mariana, who steps down as an officer of the SAG-AFTRA Portland Local Board, after many years of loyal and expert service. While maintaining our independence as an organization that represents both SAG-AFTRA members and not-union members, we look forward to working with our colleagues at SAG-AFTRA and to co-presenting events that are to our mutual benefit.
We also hope to have good news from our colleagues in the APP-NW Seattle Chapter in the coming months.  A big thank you to Scott C. Brown of the Seattle chapter for the re-design of our logo and the “branding” of both the Portland and Seattle chapters.
Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Co-chair PK Glazer if you have any thoughts, concerns and, especially, ideas for upcoming AHH! Informal discussion topics.
Enjoy the Fall and we hope to see you all at the next AHH! on October 19. Venue TBA!
Kind regards,
Christopher Toyne
Union Co-Chair
Alliance of Professional Performers
APP-NW Portland Chapter
501(c)3 status.
“APP-NW: where not-union and union performers join together, committed to improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry; and to protecting performers through the establishment of workplace standards. 


Year in Review 2016 presented by Christopher Toyne, Co-chair

APP-NW Holiday Meeting, December 1, 2016
Year in Review 2016 presented by Christopher Toyne, Co-chair
2016 has been a year of change for APP-NW. Some might call it APP light – a lighter touch.
With a tail off of participation, the 2016 Board decided to organize fewer Actors’ Happy Hours (AHHs!) and combined them with grassroots Workshops.
We spent a lot of time considering long-term plans, both at the Board Retreat and at bi-monthly Board meetings. Enthusiastic new Board members Suzanne Duval and PK Glazier; along with Darius Pierce continuing that thankless job of Secretary; Michele Mariana representing us on the SAG-AFTRA Board; Linda Gross, our meetings guru; Yolanda Porter as chair of communications and maintaining a vibrant website; and Elizabeth Zimmerman, with out-reach to film schools and grade schools alike, while sharing the Co-chair with me [Christopher Toyne] as the not-union representative. Congratulations to Elizabeth for recently joining SAG-AFTRA. We are actively supported by our two past chairs who now make up the Advisory Board: Harold Phillips and Chrisse Roccaro.
The three areas we have decided to concentrate on, and invite the 2017 Board to continue:
1) To utilize our newly achieved 501(C)3 status, now fully filed (and paid for!)
2) To create a comprehensive online Actors Resource list of all services and vendors appertaining to an actor’s growth and marketing: acting-class teachers, headshot photographers, reel cutters, make-up artists, etc. Elizabeth Zimmerman is initially undertaking this gargantuan task.
3) To expand the growth of the Alliance of Professional Performers brand, initially with our brethren in Seattle.
The last is perhaps the most exciting. Harold Phillips and I [Christopher Toyne] attended a core-group meeting in Seattle led by Ric Deskin, the SAG-AFTRA local Board president and John Patrick Lowrie. The fact that we have created a template with a substantial Modus Operandi and Articles of Association, while achieving Federal and State charitable status, will allow us to create APP-Portland and APP-Seattle, while keeping APP-NW as the umbrella.
Three AHH! combined workshops are especially worth mentioning. In January “How to get ready for an audition” was led by Lori Lewis, principal at Free Spirit Casting.
In May, held at the Lucky Lab, preferred producer Erich Dermerath of Man Vs. Film and Robin Vada, Ian Stout’s partner in Professional Acting Reels (.com) lead a superb interactive workshop on creating, “The perfect show-reel” – while offering on-going discounts for APP-NW members. The raffle was a success too; both Erich and Robin gave free reel-cuts to the lucky! In September saw another terrific workshop: “Fight Right: Fight Direction and Set Safety” lead by theater specialist Kristen Mun and screen fight director Jerry Buxbaum. Again, free classes were raffled off. Linda Gross has achieved her OLCC Alcohol Server Permit on behalf of APP-NW and set up a mean bar.
The only sadness was the low attendance at both of these workshops. Of course we appreciate that there are so many classes etc. happening mid-week. We have polled the class teachers and found that Thursday has the least going on. Those that did attend raved about the events, but the new 2017 Board must really probe into the three “W”s: what does the membership want; when and where.
So where do we go from here in 2017? More Happy Hours combined with workshops? Support of the OMPA Annual Awards on March 20, 2017 when APP-NW will organize the judging of the Actor Awards with the credit “OMPA Actor Awards Presented By APP-NW?” Creation of APP-Portland and APP Seattle? Creation of a comprehensive Actors’ vendor and services on-line list? A big 501(c)3 Gala event to replenish our depleted finances?
Remember, we are still an organization – presently with a roster of 368† – without membership dues and depend on contributions, workshop fees and raffles, while receiving some support from SAG-AFTRA.
To this end I call on the membership to step up and volunteer to serve on the Board. Help make this adventurous slate happen. Because of term-limits and attrition there are four (4) or more Board Member positions open. Please consider putting yourself forward. The Board now meets every two months, with occasional planning committee meetings in between.
Finally, please remember our Preferred Producer’s program. Visit the “Producers” button on the website. If you have a good experience on set with a production that respects our seven core Standards, persuade them to sign up. We advertise producers that “sign-up” on the web page. The key phrase: We encourage our Preferred Producers to add the phrase “Our production adheres to APP-NW Standards” to their casting notices. Preferred Producers are also free to use the APP-NW logo as an on-screen “bug” in association with their productions.
Let us make 2017 even more memorable – it is down to you the members and a vibrant Board!
Christopher Toyne
2016 Union Chair
A further 36 new members signed in at our successful Actors’ Holiday Happy Hour, Dec 01’16

The Alliance of Professional Performers-NW presents: Put Your Safety in Your Own Hands

stunt-deadpoolHelp empower yourself to take ownership of your safety on set – whether for film or stage. Be prepared and confident dealing with situations that feel unsafe. Know what you should expect and how to give voice to your concerns. Kristen Mun and Jerry Buxbaum are premiere award-winning fight choreographers and together, they will help you own your space at work. (Learning some fight skills will be included in the workshop.)

September 22nd. At Hipbone Studios, 1847 E Burnside St #104.
6:45 – Arrive and sign up
7:00-9:00 – Workshop
9:00-9:30 – Hang out and have a drink!
Cost: $20 (Which is half of what a workshop with either Kristen or Jerry would cost. Here you get both!)

Free parking! Enter Hipbone Studio parking lot on NE 18th Avenue and NE Couch. Use 18th Avenue (parking lot) entrance to the studio.

Kristen Mun has been training, teaching, and working in the field of theatrical combat for over 10 years.  She choreographs roughly 20 shows a year and teaches fight workshops. Kristen has won 3 Drammy’s and received the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship.
Her work stresses safety and collaboration, believing that everyone’s input is important and problems can be solved faster working together.

Jerry Buxbaum has over 50 credits on major productions as a Fight Director, Stunt Coordinator and Special Effects Director. The biggest take-away from Jerry’s workshop participation is “Safety Number One.”  He will explain, as exciting as “stunts” are, how to understand the environment actors work in on feature productions –  and what steps are necessary to protect oneself from excessive requests by ‘Production’ on Set.

Actor-Reel Workshop

Last Tuesday, May 17th. APP-NW hosted an incredible workshop and social gathering at the Lucky Lab. Our guest speakers Erich Demerath and Robin Vada gave us very important and insightful information on how to create a reel that showcases our work as actors, and how to use it as a marketing tool to position our brand.

If you missed it, here are the highlights of the night!

What is a reel? Clips that show that you can act, what you look like, and what you sound like. Ideally, it gets you work.

Current trends – new technology makes equipment cheaper, quality higher, easier to watch it from anywhere, but shorter attention spans. More content and more convenient to watch than ever. The length of reels has shortened – now, 2 minutes at the longest. Reels are more important than ever.

Types of reels:

  • General
  • Dramatic
  • Comedic
  • Commercial
  • Stunt
    Once you have enough work, having them all together is confusing. Pay attention to the quality of both visual and audio. Lead with something in your wheelhouse.

Where to start?

Gather Your Footage:

From the directors, producers, and editors. Maintain good standing with them. Get contact info and inform them you want scenes for your reel. Request footage once the project is complete, though many projects end up not ever being completed.

Perhaps try to get a written contract that includes that you will have access to finished footage.

You may also be able to download clips yourself if they are available. For your records and for your reel editor.

The higher the resolution the better. The larger the file the better (within reason).

HD: 1920×1080 or 1280×720

Try to avoid SD. Try to avoid letterbox.

Don’t forget about audio!!!!!!

What clips to not use?

  • Theater clips
  • Self-taped auditions
  • Clips that do not feature you
  • Home videos
  • Anything with poor production quality

The reel!

  • First shot should be you.
  • First voice should be yours.
  • Not longer than 2 minutes.
  • Do not worry about the context of the scenes.
  • Use medium and close up shots as much as possible.
  • Avoid montages.
  • Titles of productions – this is a grey area; some people like it, some don’t; just be consistent.
  • Start and end with your name and contact info.

Production Quality Matters!!!!!!

If it is a good performance, but poor quality, think twice. You’re only as good as your poorest quality clip.

Before Giving Footage to Your Editor:

  • Log your footage
  • Write timecodes of your best clips
  • Don’t just hand off a stack of films

Shooting Your Own Scenes:

There have been classes in town that are based around shooting scenes for your reel. Or people have hired crew to shoot scenes for their reel. Make sure you do it right. Make sure the quality is good, the audio is clear.

What to do with your reel?

  • Youtube channel
  • Vimeo
  • Personal website
  • Maybe also upload full scenes as supplements
  • Get feedback! Let people be honest!
  • Maintain it.

Robin Vada from Professional Acting Reels

They can rip almost anything from on-line, whether iTunes, YouTube, website… Charge $25. They also create reels and create scenes for footage for reels. 

Your reel can start to cultivate your brand as an actor. What is your essence. What is it that you do well.

Membership General Meeting

We will be holding a 15 min. Members General Meeting right after our Social Gathering and before our Workshop to ratify two changes to the Bylaws; introduce our new calendar of events and listen to your suggestions and concerns (Information forthcoming).

6:00 pm Social Gathering
6:45 pm Members General Meeting
7:00 pm Show-reel Workshop.

A Social Gathering, a General Meeting and a Workshop!

A new quarterly APP-NW workshop and social gathering (formerly Actors Happy hour!)

We would really appreciate your help spreading the word about our upcoming event.

You spoke and we listened. Meet-ups less often and with a career education element.

The first APP-NW quarterly meeting, a Workshop and Social Gathering (formerly Actors Happy hour) is this coming Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm at the LUCKY LAB BREW PUB, 915 SE Hawthorne.
Erich Demerath of Man Vs. Film will lead us through the labyrinth and Show examples of reels and discuss what works and what doesn’t.
Robin Vada of Professional Acting Reels is also joining us.  She will explain how your material on I-Tunes IS accessible.

And you do not want to miss the RAFFLE! Both Erich Demerath and Robin Vada/Ian Stout are offering a raffle prize of 50% off a reel. That’s a $125 value.

All members who attend this workshop will receive a 20% discount on reel services from either professional. That’s a $50value!

This is what we’ll learn at the workshop:
Define what a reel is and show a couple of examples.
Who should have a reel and why it is important to have an effective one.
The do’s and don’ts of how to make a reel.
-Gathering and preparing footage
-Deciding what clips to use and what to not
-Different types of reels
-Effective structure and content of reels
-Finding an editor vs self editing
-Montages: Yes or no?
-Contact info
Once you have a reel, what do you do with it?
-Maintaining your reel
-Video hosting sites
-Personal website
-Hard copies

Donation of $5 – $10 to defray the cost of the room requested but not mandatory (tax deductible – we are a 501(c)3 entity!).

Thank you in advance for your support and see you there!

The APP-NW Board


movie-film-reel-clip-art-69477-1038x576APP-NW Proudly presents:
“Create eye-popping reels – and tips on how to source your material!”
Presented by APP-NW preferred producer ERICH DEMERATH, head of the multi-award winning production company Man Vs Film Productions.
Tuesday, May 17 – Venue TBA
The Workshop will be followed by a Social Gathering*

*This style of event will replace the previous Actors Happy Hour!

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting May 17.
The first 10 minutes of the workshop will constitute a Member’s General Meeting. The Board has just held its Annual Retreat and is proposing two (2) procedural changes to the APP-NW BYLAWS. We will post an agenda ahead of time. We encourage input from our members and help building an industry of the highest standards.
With kind regards,
APP-NW Board

APP­-NW and Portland SAG­-AFTRA bring you another great WORKSHOP!!!

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

this presentation.

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.


HaroldPhillips-0024-blockHarold Phillips has been acting professionally for nearly thirty years. He is a past APP-
NW Board member, having been involved since the early, formative days of the

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_vincentSandra 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.

The Bookkeeping Company, LLC
Tax Consultant 5923C (503)­ 252.­9197

 andrew-pollack_4f6a7_227x235Andrew Pollack

Financial Advisor

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.

Andrew D. Pollack
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
3939 NE Hancock St., Suite 203
Portland, OR 97212­5321
O: 503.473.8180
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Susan FavBonnie 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.

Bonnie Roseman Principal Broker, CRS, Licensed in the State of Oregon RE/MAX Equity Group 237 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

APP-NW Reaches First Fundraising Goal at Actors Happy Hour!

APP-NW Reaches First Fundraising Goal at Actors Happy Hour!Mar12_FundraisingThermomete

Actors Happy Hour! on Tuesday, May 19, at Mother’s Bistro, was a rousing success on all fronts, given that APP-NW had an ambitious agenda for the evening. As you know, Actors Happy Hour! always features a conversation on a topic of interest to our members and this month the topic was OPIF/iOPIF, Oregon’s film incentive programs. Before that conversation started, however, APP-NW gave a report on its efforts to acquire true, 501(c)3, not-for-profit status.  More about that in paragraph six!
Nathaniel Applefield of OMPA gave a great report on the current status of legislation in Salem to improve and extend the Oregon Production Incentive Program and the Indiginious Production Incentive Program. Applefield gave us a comprehensive explanation of how the programs work and how they are designed to grow.  He pointed out that Oregon’s plan is to control the growth of the program to match the growth and training of Oregonians to fill the jobs on OPIF projects.  Nathaniel noted that other states with much larger incentive packages and/or no caps on the number of projects are finding that their infrastructure does not keep pace and usually have to import crew and other personnel.
Applefield emphasized the overarching goal of this year’s legislative push was to extend the sunset of the program to 2024 and to increase the overall pot of funds available for the tax credits.  He urged all in the community to contact their state legislators with their own personal stories of what our industry means to them and how their lives are affected by the availability of work right here at home.
Tim Williams, Executive Director of Oregon Film, was also on hand to give his perspective on the bright future of the Oregon film industry.  We were honored he was able to take the time to join us.
To round out the discussion of OPIF/iOPIF 2015, Lara Cuddy of Reverie Films shared her experiences with the programs from the producer’s prospective.  As one member pointed out, the more our performers know about the whole process of getting a project made the better able we will be to make a meaningful contribution to that project’s success.  It’s rare that we as performers have a window on what goes into putting a project together, so Lara’s remarks were eagerly received.
But the biggest surprise of the evening came as Nathaniel Applefield led an impromptu “paddle raiser” to collect cash and pledges to fund APP-NW’s filing fees to acquire 501(c)3 status.  His enthusiasm put us well over the top and we will be filing the paperwork – with the required fee – very soon!  At the top of the evening, APP-NW presented a progress report on its efforts to become a real, “grown up” organization.  Paperwork had already been completed to register as a non-profit corporation with Oregon and to get a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN).  The last step of the process was filing for 501(c)3 status, which required a substantial fee. We anticipated collecting the money at AHH! over the next few months.  We were surprised, delighted and humbled at the level of commitment and support shown us on Tuesday as we more than met our goal and our total filing fees for the entire process are more than covered.
Achieving 503(c)3 status does a number of things for APP-NW.  First, it makes the organization the responsible party, rather than an individual.  The generous soul who had been lending his Social Security Number to the organization has heaved a huge sigh of relief! But most important, APP-NW will be able to solicit tax deductible donations that will allow us to go forward with our plans to increase the number and complexity of the educational and training opportunities for our professional performer community.  After all, in addition to creating work-place standards, APP-NW exists to improve and increase the level of professionalism in our community.
Singer Cyndi Lauper said her father told her: “Da more ya loin, da more ya oin!”  (learn/earn – for those who don’t speak Queens, NY) That’s our philosophy here at APP-NW, too.  Come learn with us. The sky’s the limit.