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!
2016 Union Chair
A further 36 new members signed in at our successful Actors’ Holiday Happy Hour, Dec 01’16
It’s time to let your state senators and representatives know how important Oregon’s Film Incentive Programs are to our community. APP-NW Advisory Board member and OMPA Government Affairs Committee Member, Harold Phillips, filed this report:
A bunch of us went down to Salem on Monday (May 18) to talk to the legislature about increasing the Oregon Production Investment Fund (the state’s film incentives) – which would result in more work for Oregonians, AND an increase to the “indigenous OPIF” that supports Oregonian projects.
Of course, if you’ve been paying attention to the news you know that the state is dealing with a lot of financial stresses – education funding, the rejection of the legislature’s recent “tweaking” of the PERS system, the “Kicker” refund… it’s important that people working in the industry take a moment to contact their legislators (you know who your state legislator is, right? If not, find out here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html ) and ask them to support HB2072, HB2898 and SB872. (you can click on the links to find out what the individual bills do.)
The most import thing here is “make it personal.” Tell your story about why our industry is important.
When talking to legislators:
– Make a connection. The most important thing you can do is articulate what you do for a living and what your professional aspirations look like.
You are the human face of our industry; help legislators understand your work and your life.
– Create a story arc. Explaining the growth of our industry over the last 5-10 years from your perspective will really help legislators see how the
Oregon Production Investment Fund affects the lives of Oregonians. Connecting what you do directly to the incentive program can also help
reinforce the human angle.
– Thank them. We want to assume support, and we’ve always had the support of the legislature. Thank them for supporting our growing industry
Don’t know what to say? Here are a couple of “talking points” from Oregon Film and the Oregon Media Production Association –
– We aren’t just attracting business from out-of-state, we are building a sustainable industry for Oregon.
– Last year alone, a $10 million investment from the state created $135 million in economic activity.
– In the last five years, our industry has seen a 69% increase in employment, with an average wage of $43k.
– Oregon contains over 350 companies in media production.
– Oregon now ranks in the top 10 for interactive gaming, partially thanks to iOPIF.
– Demand to shoot film and television in Oregon is at an all-time high, but our incentive fund is tapped out within weeks resulting in work being
– Our rebate rate ranks in the bottom 3rd of states who offer incentives, yet we still win the competition. The size of our fund is what limits the
growth of our industry.
– As a rebate program, dollars must first be spent locally on goods and services before incentive money is used. This is both efficient for
producers, and good policy for Oregon.
– Programs like Wild, Grimm, and Portlandia have a very large positive impact on tourism, essentially free advertising for Oregon.
Remember, folks, democracy isn’t a spectator sport. If you want the state to keep supporting film and media production in Oregon – which results in jobs for all of us working in that end of Oregon’s entertainment industry – we have to get involved. It only takes a few minutes to email your legislators!
APP-NW members gathered at WineUp On Williams on Tuesday February 17, 2015 for the organization’s second 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. Since the Board modified the organization’s bylaws to increase the number of seats, there is no contested election this year and everyone running for a Board seat has been elected.
The heads of various board committees reported that in 2014 the organization’s accomplishments were:
- Creating and printing business cards, pamphlets and handouts
- Opening a bank account
- Pursuing a Tax ID number for the organization
- Hundreds of subscribers were added to the APP-NW Facebook and Twitter pages
- Co-sponsoring events including Life on Set 101, the Librarians Premiere, which brought in over 50 pounds of food to the Oregon Food Bank, and the Oregon Actors Awards
- Several local producers allied themselves with the movement by agreeing to abide by APP-NW Standards increasing our numbers by a 100% growth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and letting the board of directors know which committee s/he would like to serve on.
The 2015 Alliance of Professional Performers NW Board of Directors are:
|Darius Pierce, SAG-AFTRA||Lanie Hoyo, SAG-AFTRA||Lorelei Kennedy||Priscilla Mohan Prosser|
|Yolanda Porter||Christopher Toyne||Chrisse Roccaro, SAG-AFTRA||Michele Mariana, SAG-AFTRA|
|Linda Kay Gross|
After the election results were announced, the new board thanked outgoing board members Harold Phillips and Dennis Fitzpatrick. New board members Michele Mariana and Linda Kay Gross were appointed by the new board after the election.
Thanks to everyone who attended the annual meeting – we look forward to growing this movement with you in 2015!
2014 was quite a year, Northwest performers.
We celebrated our successes and we came together in tragedy. We lifted each other up and we stood together to show the world just how strong the Northwest’s acting community is when we work together.
The Alliance of Professional Performers NW has had quite a year, too – we’ve partnered in some important events, we’ve raised awareness about issues performers face in our industry and we’ve even been featured on local television!
The APP-NW movement is growing, but there’s still plenty of work to do. Our members play an active role in improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry and protecting performers through the establishment of workplace standards – and they do that by asking one simple question when considering a new project:
“Does your production comply with APP-NW Standards?”
We want to let our members know just how much progress their efforts have brought about – and we want to give performers who may now know what APP-NW is all about the chance to find out more about the movement!
Join us on Tuesday, February 17 from 6 – 9 PM for APP-NW’s 2015 Annual Meeting!
- Find out more about the movement
- Learn how APP-NW has helped to change the Northwest market in the past year
- Have your questions answered by the APP-NW Board of Directors
- Be the first to hear the results of our 2015 Board Of Directors election
(Become a member at the Annual Meeting and you’ll have the chance to vote as well!)
- Find out what you can do to help APP-NW reshape our market
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held at Wine Up on Williams – 3037 N Williams Ave., Portland OR 97227
6:00 Social meet-and-greet with complimentary hors douvres and “no-host” bar
6:30 Business commences
But wait – what about #ActorsHappyHour? There’s a reason our Annual Meeting is being held at Wine Up on Williams this year. We know you look forward to the third Tuesday of the month so you can meet up with your fellow performers and get caught up on all that’s happening in your lives and the industry – Wine Up is happy to host APP-NW members for the rest of the evening after the meeting’s business concludes! They promise not to kick us out until at least 9:00 PM!
We hope you’ll join us on February 17 to find out more about APP-NW and what it’s done for Northwest performers over the past year – and what we plan to do in the coming year. We can’t do it without you, so please RSVP at our Facebook page and let us know you’ll be attending!
We look forward to seeing you there!
APP-NW Members, the time has finally arrived to vote for your 2015 Board of Directors.
As our market changes, we need a Board of Directors who can help guide the Alliance of Professional Performers in fulfilling its mission throughout the coming year. The candidates below are volunteering their time to build a stronger Northwest entertainment industry that is fair and equitable for everyone who works in it!
The APP-NW bylaws stipulate that
- The Board shall consist of not less than five (5) and not more than nine (9) members of The Organization, and
- The Board will, at all times, be composed of an odd number of members. These members will consist of an even number of not-Union performers and members-in-good-standing of the extant performer’s Union(s), with an additional member of either status.
So, with that in mind APP-NW members, meet your candidates for the Alliance of Professional Performers NW Board of Directors:
|Lanie Hoyo, SAG-AFTRA
I currently serve on the APP-NW Board of Directors and chair the Outreach Committee.
I began working with APP-NW because the goal of raising the professionalism in our industry strongly resonated with me. I felt I could be of service when building up this amazing community and wanted to be on the ground floor of the movement. So much has been accomplished over the past couple years and so much more still to do. I look forward to all the changes and challenges to come.
Portland often asks for much time and energy from it’s performers for little to no pay and it’s an unfair question. The answer, however, is simply to be a part of a movement that creates time and space for artists to thrive and be compensated not only fairly, but consistently.
As a candidate I bring over 15 years practical business and financial experience combined with 25 years theatre experience; I understand the best, and the not-so-best, parts of each world and would like to put it to use in the community to further the mission of APP-NW.
|Darius Pierce, SAG-AFTRA/ AEA
I fully support the important, on-going work of APP-NW to improve professionalism and workplace standards, which will, in turn, improve the quality of our work. These goals will also be aided by a strong, connected community.
Our community is both stronger than most and still disparate. I believe that APP-NW has the potential to be a hub – primarily focused on professionalism and standards – that brings people together. Union and non-union, experienced and novice, tea drinker and coffee drinker for productive conversation and action.
Thank you for considering my nomination.
Yolanda Porter, not-union
I currently serve on the APP-NW Board of Directors as the not-union Co-Chair.
I began working with APP-NW mainly because I saw it as an opportunity to help others have a voice and raise the standards of our industry. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this movement that has accomplished so much building a stronger community.
Priscilla Mohan Prosser, not-union
Raising awareness and increasing the membership are two areas that I believe would strengthen APP-NW. Once actors see the benefits of Membership, they will spread the word within their community. Monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, agents, acting teachers, casting directors, producers and writers would boost attendance and encourage new members, and encourage current members to become more involved and bring fellow actors to meetings.
Safe working conditions and mutual respect for all in our community should be emphasized and encouraged starting at the Film Schools.
These are the areas I would work on if elected.
I currently serve on the APP-NW Board of Directors as the Union Co-Chair.
It would be my honor to continue to serve on the APP-NW board of directors. The goal of APP couldn’t be simpler or more important: Bringing all performers together to foster a standard of working conditions across the community to support the highest quality work. Performers work hard for producers who care enough to provide safe and comfortable working conditions. Producers work hard to provide safe and comfortable working conditions for performers who give them their best work and who stand together to uphold those standards.
I currently serve on the APP-NW Board of Directors.
As a founding member of APP-NW and a past vice-president and board member of the Oregon Production Media Association, having founded and co-chaired its Talent Committee, I believe I can bring a community voice to the board of APP-NW. Both as an actor and as a working producer, currently both developing a television mini-series in Los Angeles and bringing an I-OPIF funded feature film sequel to Oregon, I will enjoy working as a liaison between actors and preferred producers, building strong alliances across the gamut of our craft.
Performers who are members of the Alliance of Professional Performers NW are eligible to vote online for the organization’s Board of Directors. In order to vote performers will need to enter a special code which will be emailed to them. Performers who do not receive this special code by 8:00 PM on February 10th, 2015 should contact the Elections Committee by sending an email to email@example.com.
Voting will be open until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 17 2015. We look forward to announcing the results of this year’s election at the APP-NW annual meeting on that date!
On Tuesday January 20 president Barack Obama will give the US Congress, and the nation, his State of the Union address. This yearly ritual, full of pomp-and-circumstance, isn’t just a chance to report on how things have gone in the past year – it’s a chance for the president to announce bold new initiatives and goals for the future in an effort to move the country forward.
You may not have thought about it, but we professional performers have a similar ritual at the beginning of each year – we look back on what’s worked (and what hasn’t) in the previous year, and we set goals for the coming year that will move our lives and careers forward! We don’t generally announce these goals in front of national television and a joint session of Congress – but we know that keeping these goals to ourselves can sometimes “let us off the hook…” sharing our goals with others help us to solidify them in our minds – and even helps to keep us accountable to ourselves.
So, NW performers, we’re asking you to share YOUR 2015 state of the union with us at the first #ActorsHappyHour of the year at a new location: Wine Up on Williams in at 3037 N Williams St. in North Portland. Join us from 6 – 9 pm on Tuesday January 20 and let us know how you’re going to build on the successes you shared with us in November!
The president’s State of the Union speech will be playing on the televisions upstairs, in case you need inspiration, and Wine Up on Williams has prepared a special happy hour menu for APP-NW members (remember to wear your APP-NW pins, or get them at the door!) After the speech, join us downstairs in Wine Up’s special event room and tell us how you plan to move your career forward in 2015!
We’ll also be raffling off some tools to help start your year off right, including
- One hour of free tax consultation from The Bookkeeping Company – a Bookkeeping and tax service that “gets” the special needs of performers
- An Actor’s Holdon Log – the perfect “paperware” tool from the makers of PerformerTrack to help you track your auditions, callbacks and bookings in the year to come!
Don’t forget, raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 7 for $5.00 – and if you bring a performer who’s never attended an #ACTORSHAPPYHOUR we will give you a free ticket for the raffle!
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 give you a free raffle ticket – and we’d love to hear your goals for the coming year!
2014 has been an amazing year for APP-NW and for actors throughout the Northwest!
Every time a producer joins our list of Preferred Producers, someone asks if a production will adhere to APP-NW Standards before accepting a job, or a performer stands up for his or her fellow performers in the workplace… AN ANGEL GETS ITS WINGS!
We’re proud to have played a part in improving and increasing the level of professionalism in our industry – and we’re looking forward to keeping that ball rolling in the new year!
Enjoy the holidays, Northwest performers. Celebrate your successes from the past year (we know you’ve had them,) and start thinking of your goals for the year to come… we’re looking forward to seeing you in 2015!
–The APP-NW Board of Directors
Is 2015 the year YOU’LL make a difference in the lives of your fellow Northwest performers?
Remember, elections for the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW Board of Directors are coming up – and we need you to participate!
If you’re thinking of starting the new year off right by running for the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW Board of Directors and making a difference for performers in the Northwest’s growing entertainment industry, we’d love to see you at our final Open Board Meeting of 2014 on Monday December 8!
Board meetings aren’t formal affairs – you don’t have to worry about putting on your ties or fancy shoes. These meetings are generally held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (though members are encouraged to arrive a half-hour early so they can get re-connected and perhaps grab a bite to eat at the meeting location.)
To find out more about the meeting and its location send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (and please put “open Board meeting” to the subject line.)
Can’t make it to Monday’s Board Meeting? We’d still love you to declare your candidacy (or nominate someone else for the Board) by sending an email to email@example.com no later than December 31, 2014 (please put “Election 2015″ in the subject line.) Remember –
Nominations must be accepted by January 15, 2015.
Once candidacy for the Board has been officially accepted, a candidate statement is due by January 31, 2015 (to see examples of previous candidate statements, take a look at last year’s candidates for the Board.)
Candidates will be announced to the membership no less than 14 days before APP-NW’s General Meeting in February (date and location TBA.)
We need your energy and ideas to keep APP-NW growing – and we want you to know what’s involved with serving on the APP-NW Board and its committees. Please make plans to join us Monday December 8!
We’re looking forward to seeing you next Monday!
The Alliance of Professional Performers – NW, the Oregon Media Production Assocation and SAG-AFTRA are itching to party down for the occasion! Once again, as he did for Leverage, Chris Joseph of Portland’s Morrison Hotel Bar (719 SE Morrison St., 97214 – click here for a map) has graciously invited Portland’s film and TV community to a no-host viewing party!
The Librarians promises laughs, adventure and great special effects as a secret society of Librarians battle supernatural baddies to keep us all safe. And The Morrison Hotel Bar promises good food and drink for the price of, well, good food and drink!
*** To be entered to win a door prize, bring a non-perishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank! ***
Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook page, and join us for the fun and cheer on your fellow performers.
Who knows? It might even become a regular Sunday event!