SAG-AFTRA Members – Stand Up And Be Counted By October 31 (And Learn More About The Union November 8!)

SAG-AFTRA LogoAs you know, the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW is a movement of not-union and union performers committed to improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry; and to protecting Performers through the establishment of workplace standards. Our union members may have received a message in the past week from SAG-AFTRA about a national census the union is conducting:

When Halloween comes to an end, something important will occur that affects how you and your fellow members will be represented in union governance matters for the next two years.

A count of Local membership (a census) will determine the representation of Locals in the SAG-AFTRA Governance system. To make sure your Local has maximum voting power on the SAG-AFTRA National Board and at the SAG-AFTRA Convention in 2015 we need you to be counted.  

In order to be counted in this census, your May 2014 dues must be paid by Friday, Oct. 31, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To check your balance and to pay your dues online by credit card, log into your member account on SAGAFTRA.org.

If you have any further questions, please call Cashiering at (323) 549-6752 during normal business hours.  

Let’s make sure every member in your Local counts — and if you’ve paid your dues bill from last May, thank you.

***Special Note: This census notice is regarding any May 2014 dues owed and does not include the November 2014 dues bill that you will receive later this month.***

We’d like to encourage every union member within APP-NW to be sure their dues are up-to-date (at least through May 2014.)  As the message above indicates, the results of this census will play a role in how the union allocates its resources; every dues-paying member plays a role in assuring that Portland gets the attention and support it deserves from SAG-AFTRA.

AND SPEAKING OF SAG-AFTRA…

Portland’s SAG-AFTRA Local is holding a new member orientation!

When: Saturday, Nov. 8

10 – 11 a.m.: New member orientation (only open to members in good standing)

11 a.m. – noon: Union Plus presentation (open to prospective members and performers)

Where: Oregon AFL-CIO Hall

3645 SE 32nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97220  (Click here for  a map!)

New to SAG-AFTRA? Have questions about membership? If you’ve recently joined or know someone considering joining, here is your chance to attend an orientation for new and prospective members. If you have not been to an orientation before or would like to learn about the many services SAG-AFTRA offers, this is the meeting for you. SAG-AFTRA staff will be on-hand to provide information on membership services, dues and billing, and eligibility requirements, and to answer your questions. The first hour will be open ONLY to SAG-AFTRA members in good standing.

During the second hour, Patricia Callaghan of Union Plus will be in attendance to inform members of the wide range of exciting benefits available, from home loans to discounts on goods and services, insurance and legal assistance – even strike pay. The presentation will be open to prospective members and performers interested in receiving information about membership and eligibility to join SAG-AFTRA. If you know someone interested in joining, please encourage them to attend beginning at 11 a.m.

Seating is limited so please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 7 to portland@sagaftra.org.  

The New Member Orientation is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through Oct. 31, 2014 or April 30, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

We hope every APP-NW member who’s a SAG-AFTRA member in good standing (of any length of membership) or has questions about the union makes the time to attend – whether you’re looking for a refresher, an update or just have questions about what union membership means to you!

NW Actors – Do You Need Healthcare? Are You Sick Of Trying To Get It? Let WORKING AMERICA help!

Working America

Yesterday we told you about an exciting new workshop Portland’s SAG-AFTRA Local is presenting on March 8 with The Alliance of Professional Performers NW  – Life On Set 101!

There’s much more to this presentation, though, than solid information on how to get ready for the “big shows” in Portland (and how to leverage your work on those shows to grow your career!)  Working America is joining Portland SAG-AFTRA and APP-NW to make “Life On Set 101” an event focused on the health of your life AND your livelihood!

Working America will be on-hand for a presentation and hands-on assistance in signing up for Cover Oregon! You’ll hear about your options and be able to sign up for personalized help to complete the process.

YOU MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE EVENT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY!

People who have not been able to afford coverage in the past or who were denied it due to pre-existing conditions may be eligible for plans and financial assistance that will now allow them to afford insurance. Individuals can learn if they qualify for tax credits to lower the cost of their monthly premiums or even get a $0.00 premium.

For more info and to RSVP, contact Chris Comte at chris.comte@sagaftra.org

So come to

LIFE ON SET 101

and learn how to keep your career… and your health…

THRIVING!

Portland SAG-AFTRA and APP-NW Present “Life On Set 101” March 8!

Photo: DigiTitles.com

Northwest actors – are you ready for the “big shows?”

The SAG-AFTRA Portland Local and The Alliance of Professional Performers Northwest invite you to attend a very exciting seminar, Life on Set 101, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 from 12:30 – 5:00 PM at the

Northwest Oregon Labor Council 

3645 SE 32nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
(Click here for a map )

This event features three one-hour moderated panel discussions (including Q&A) starring local industry professionals and SAG-AFTRA staff, covering all phases of  working on professional productions such as Grimm and Portlandia, including casting, contracts, on-set standards and working conditions, and compensation.

 

What can you expect to find at Life On Set 101?  Take a look:

12:30 p.m.
Registration

1 p.m.
“Pre-production”
Acting coach Scott Rogersagent Dennis Troutman and casting director Simon Max Hill share what you need to do to get ready to get the gig.

1:45 p.m.
Q &A

2 p.m.
Break

2:15 p.m.
“On the Day”
SAG-AFTRA StaffAD’s and PA’s from Grimm and PortlandiaGrimm set costumer Lincoln Barron HolmesGrimm key makeup Laura Loucks, and Grimm SFX makeup Christina Kortum talk about what you can expect ( and what is expected of you as a professional talent ) at the gig.

3 p.m.
Q&A

3:15 p.m.
Break

3:30 p.m.
“Post-production”
SAG-AFTRA staffPayDogs president Susan Haley, and Justin Habel, president of Q6 Talent Agency discuss what you can expect to receive in residuals and other forms of pay, and how you can leverage this gig to get the next one  and build your career!

4:30 p.m.
Working America
Helps you sign up for Cover Oregon health insurance –
Click here to find out more!

Please check your calendars now, and let us know if you will be able to join us!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Chris Comte at chris.comte@sagaftra.org.

APP-NW Welcomes Its New Board Of Directors At Its 2014 Annual Meeting

APP-NW Board Co-Chair Harold Phillips welcomes APP-NW members to the annual meeting.

APP-NW members gathered at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council on Monday February 17, 2014 for an historic event – the organization’s first annual meeting.  The APP-NW Bylaws stipulate that each year the organization will hold a general meeting to report the organization’s progress to its members, and to elect its Board of Directors for a new one-year term.

After a brief introduction to the movement and its goals the APP-NW Board had plenty of progress to report.  The heads of various board committees reported that in 2013:

The meeting didn’t just focus on APP-NW’s past accomplishments, however.  Plans for the coming year were also shared with the assembled members, including SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White’s visit to Portland next week, the upcoming Life On Set 101 workshop and 2014’s Oregon’s Got Talent!

Members were also encouraged to play a role in building APP-NW’s success by joining the board’s Communications, Outreach, Education, Elections, Preferred Producer, and School Outreach committees.  These committees are the engines that run APP-NW, doing the work necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission.  Any member can get involved by emailing info@app-nw.org and letting the board of directors know which committee s/he would like to serve on.  As Board Co-Chair Harold Phillips noted at the annual meeting, “there’s no ‘them.’  There’s only us – if we want to make this movement grow, we can’t wait for them to do it for us.”

One APP-NW member who volunteered to join the Elections Committee was Jennifer Rogers, who played a valuable role in this year’s annual meeting when she tabulated the results of this year’s board election. The 2014 Alliance of Professional Performers NW Board of Directors are:

 

Dennis Fitzpatrick Lanie Hoyo, SAG-AFTRA Lindsae Klein Harold Phillips
yporterYolanda Porter Todd Robinson, SAG-AFTRA crocarroChrisse Roccaro, SAG-AFTRA

After the election results were announced the new board thanked outgoing board members Christopher Toyne and Scott Rogers.  Mention was also given to  the many Northwest performers who have worked to build APP-NW to this point, including Robert Blanche, Mary McDonald Lewis, Michele Marianna, Tobias Anderson, Don Burns, Anita Barry, Jeanette McMahon, Jonathan McGinley, Bonnie Roseman, Laurie Slater, Jonah Weston, David Loftus,  Benjamin Farmer and Adrienne Vogel.  A very special thanks was given to former Committee chairs Karen Moulder and Duane Hanson and to former SAG-AFTRA executive director Nathaniel Applefield who played a major role in charting the development of this movement.

Thanks to everyone who attended the annual meeting – we look forward to growing this movement with you in 2014!

APP-NW Kicked Off 2014 Right At January’s #ActorsHappyHour

APP-NW Co-Chair Lanie Hoyo leads a discussion of goals for the new year

It’s a whole new year, and APP-NW members are ready to take 2014 by storm!

Northwest performers gathered at SE Portland’s Bar Maven on Monday, January 20 to share a drink and a smile with their fellow actors at APP-NW’s #ActorsHappyHour, and to discuss their goals for the coming year.  Among the goals we heard from assembled performers were

Monday’s conversation didn’t just focus on individual performers goals, though – the assembled actors also discussed methods to achieve those goals.   A goal, after all, isn’t the same as a resolution.  A resolution is an idea (“This year I’m going to lose weight/ stop smoking/ exercise more”) while a goal is a specific target with measurable steps the goal-setter can take to achieve that target.  Everyone has their own goals, but the actors at Bar Maven agreed that there were certain steps to be taken to make those goals reality:

  • Checking what’s been accomplished in the previous year and setting a goal for this year to surpass that
  • “Checking in” on a goal throughout the year to see how much progress is being made
  • Adjusting a goal, if necessary, to accommodate unseen factors
  • “Focusing on the win” – even if a specific goal isn’t achieved, celebrating what has been achieved and setting another goal to surpass that

That last point brought December’s #ActorsHappyHour to mind, when we asked Northwest Performers to celebrate their successes with us.  Everyone has their own definition of “success” – as most professional performers have learned, allowing other people to define success for us is a trap that can lead to madness and despair.  Following through on specific goals (or focusing on the successes that have come from following those goals) allows a performer to see just how successful s/he has been… and we’re really looking forward to hearing how successful YOU’VE been when we have another celebration of your success in December of this year!

After this stimulating and productive conversation it was time to conduct APP-NW’s monthly raffle – and just look at what some of the evening’s attendees walked away with:

Congratulations to Priscilla Prosser for winning a package of hair care discounts from The Phix Hair Studio!

 

Congratulations to Neil Wade Freer for winning a one hour financial planning session with Ameriprise Financial advisor Andrew Pollack!

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Congratulations to Nidal Kahl for winning a one hour coaching session from Kristina Haddad and The Actors Lab!

#ActorsHappyHour is presented on the Third Monday of Every Month, but next month will be a little different… rather than holding our standard Happy Hour event APP-NW is inviting you to its Annual Meeting, where you’ll have the chance to hear about the movement’s progress, have your questions answered, and learn the results of our Board of Directors elections!  More information on that event is coming soon, but mark February 17, 2014 from 6-8 on your calendar and make plans to join us!  Don’t worry, though – Bar Maven will still be open after the annual meeting!

Northwest Actors, Want More Educational Presentations Like You Saw At Oregon’s Got Talent?

Portland agents Dennis Troutman, Damon Jones, Mary Dangerfield and Cholee Thompson chat before their panel discussion at Oregon’s Got Talent.

Northwest actors, did you attend Oregon’s Got Talent this weekend?

If you joined us at the White Stag building on Saturday, then you saw an example of the educational opportunities APP-NW’s Education Committee is bringing about to help you build a stronger, more sustainable career!

Are you interested in more insanely affordable workshops designed to grow your career?  Don’t delay, join APP-NW’s Education Committee today and help bring more presentations like these to Northwest actors!

Want to help grow APP-NW even more?  Help make our very first ever elections a smashing success by joining the Election Committee!

These two committees could use your passion, creativity and ideas!  Send an email to info@app-nw.org  with the name of the committee that calls to you in the subject line – and prepare to bask in the sheer admiration and love of your fellow APP-NW members!

APP-NW and OMPA Join Forces For Actor Education At Oregon’s Got Talent On October 26

Don’t Miss OMPA’s Annual Oregon’s Got Talent!

Pacific Northwest actors, the event of the year is right around the corner!  The Oregon Media Production Association’s annual celebration of Oregon’s professional performers, talent support and industry resources Oregon’s Got Talent is Saturday, October 26 at “Old Town” Portland’s White Stag Building (70 NW Couch Street, Portland Oregon.)

If you’ve subscribed to our mailing list then you already know that APP-NW is joining forces with OMPA this year to present an Actors Expo from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM – before the evening celebration and presentation of the organization’s Superfine Actor Awards.

What’s an Actors Expo?  It’s a special one-day event aimed at giving you the tools to build your professional performing career in Oregon – with a series of educational presentations including:

        • Working With Agents And Crafting The Perfect Reel
          How do you get an agent to represent you, anyway?  Once you’ve gained representation, how is the agent/ performer relationship supposed to work?  Some of Portland’s top talent agents join APP-NW to answer your questions and help you take that next step in your career!  We’ll also be discussing the importance of demo reels, and how to make sure your reel is “up to snuff!”

 

        • Audition Supremacy: How To PWN Every Audition
          Do you get NERVOUS at your Auditions and don’t know why?  Have you ever left an Audition space WISHING it went better?  Do you wish you had ADVANTAGES over other Actors?  Brian Vermeire and Kristina Hughes from LA-based Holdon Log (makers of the #1 organizational tool for actors, PerformerTrack) show you how to audition so confidently that getting a callback should be an expected event.

 

        • SAG-AFTRA 2013: How the Union Works for YOU
          PORTLAND SAG-AFTRA is dedicated to ALL performers and categories it represents. Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, stunt performer or broadcaster — union or non-union — we are here to help you earn what you deserve, under the best working conditions possible. New contracts enabling union actors to work in indie films; conservatory programs to enhance training; advice for new performers and other categories and much more make SAG-AFTRA a valuable resource for anyone working — or hoping to work — as performer or other category. Get to know SAG-AFTRA — and put the union to work for YOU!

 

        • Inside The Casting Office
          How do casting directors decide who to call in, and who to call back?  What do they say makes the difference when you audition for movies… or television shows… or commercials?  Portland-area casting directors – many of whom cast major films and television shows in Oregon – join us to answer your questions and give you the inside scoop about what happens inside the casting office!

All this and a day-long trade show featuring headshot photographers, reel editors, acting coaches and other professionals offering their services to northwest actors make this the must-attend event of the year! Special discounts are available – if you’re an OMPA member (including Agency ‘add-on’ members) use discount code ompamember13; if you’re a Portland Area Theatre Alliance member use discount code mypata13; and/or if you’re a SAG-AFTRA member use discount code sagme13!

Don’t live in the Portland area?  OMPA has arranged a special discount with the Mark Spencer Hotel (just a few blocks from the event!)  Be sure to ask for the “OMPA Oregon’s Got Talent Room Discount Rate!”

If you’ve made it this far and haven’t already bought your tickets, don’t wait any longer!  Visit http://www.OregonsGotTalent.com to purchase your pass giving you access to the Actors Expo during the day, a special “Cocktail Hour,” and the Oregon’s Got Talent celebration and Superfine Actor Award ceremony in the evening.  Be sure to wear your APP-NW pins and spread the word about the movement as you cruise the trade show floor… we’re looking forward to seeing you next Saturday!

NW Actors, Be Aware: The Audition America Tour

Northwest actors, perhaps you’ve seen the Audition America Tour at a mall near you.

A quick on-line search will bring plenty of warning signs that this “audition” may give you far more opportunities to part with your money than opportunities for acting and modeling work.  Take a look at these reports:

This is certainly not the first time an organization like this has conducted “talent searches” in the Pacific Northwest, promising you a chance at fame and stardom… for a fee.   APP-NW members know that these auditions rarely provide opportunities for work, and actors shouldn’t pay-to-playbut there are many newcomers out there who are blinded by the stars in their eyes.

We hope that professional performers throughout our region will share this information with the hopefuls out there and encourage them to research any opportunity they may be considering.

 

Northwest Actors – “What’s Your Rate?”

Maybe you’ve encountered this question before… or maybe you live in fear of the moment it comes up!

You’re discussing a very interesting role with a producer – a role that’s just PERFECT for you – and it’s going really well… then s/he utters those three fateful words: “What’s your rate?”

Of course, if you’re a member of SAG-AFTRA or Actors Equity, the answer is simple – those organizations have detailed rate sheets to help guide producers and members. But if you’re not a member of the performers Unions how do you figure out a proper rate for your work?

Come join us at Foster-Powell’s newest hot-spot, Bar Maven, from 6-9 PM on Monday, September 16 for APP-NW’s regular Actors Happy Hour – and let us know how YOU answer that all-important question! Share a drink at the “no-host bar,” meet up with your fellow actors, and let us know what your answer was the first time you were asked “What’s your rate?”

How did you come up with a figure? What sort of calculations ran through your head? Did you have an answer? Who did you go to for help?

As always, Bar Maven’s owner, Bashar Farrah, is offering special discounts to APP-NW members (remember to wear your APP-NW pins, or get them at the door!) We’ll also be raffling off a free month of actor training from Scott Rogers Studios!

Please RSVP at our Facebook page so we know you’re coming – and be sure to share this post with every actor on your list… we’d love to get a large group together on Monday night to discuss this very important topic!

Be Aware, NW Actors – “Actors Models & Talent For Christ”

Photo: The Portland Mercury

Northwest actors may have seen billboards like this one in Portland, Seattle, and surrounding areas announcing auditions for Actors Models & Talent For Christ.

This is not the first time an organization like this has conducted “talent searches” in the Pacific Northwest.  Recently, some background information on this particular organization was shared on the PDXBackstage listserv, and we thought actors throughout the region could benefit from it.

Of particular interest were the following links to stories on Actors Models & Talent For Christ:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/amtc-auditions-c445899.html

http://www.avclub.com/milwaukee/articles/5-hilariousterrifying-things-about-the-actors-mode,82992/

http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/modeling/amtc.html

APP-NW members know there are no shortcuts to a career in the in the entertainment industry, and that things which appear “too good to be true” generally are.

Still, there are many people with “stars in their eyes” who may be drawn to the promises made by programs such as AMTC’s, and be willing to hand over $3895 – $4995 – to start with – for their chance at fame (or to serve their higher power.)  We hope that professional performers throughout our region will share this information with these hopefuls, and encourage them to research any coach or school they may be considering.