NW Performers – What Has APP-NW Done For You In The Past Year? Find Out At Our Annual Meeting February 17!

The APP-NW Board of Directors addresses the membership at the 2014 annual meeting
The APP-NW Board of Directors addresses the membership at the 2014 annual meeting

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 – Vote For Your 2015 Board Of Directors!

It’s YOUR organization, Northwest performers – vote for who you think should lead it!

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

    1. The Board shall consist of not less than five (5) and not more than nine (9) members of The Organization, and
    2. 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.

LoreleiKennedy

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 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.

yporter
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 Prosser

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.

crocarro

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 elections@app-nw.org.

Click here to vote now!

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!

Resolving To Make A Difference For NW Performers Next Year? Attend An APP-NW Open Board Meeting December 8!

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 elections@app-nw.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 elections@app-nw.org 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!

 

Don’t Forget, There’s ANOTHER Election Coming Up! Join Us At An Open Board Meeting Monday November 10!

So, how was YOUR election night, APP-NW members?  Still celebrating – or reeling from – the big national and local news?

Well, we wanted to remind you that there’s ANOTHER election coming up – and we need you to participate!  If you’re thinking of running for the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW Board of Directors so you can make a difference for performers in the Northwest’s growing entertainment industry, we’d love to see you at our first Open Board Meeting of 2014!

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 November 10!

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 elections@app-nw.org  (and please put “open Board meeting” to the subject line.)

We’ll see you next Monday!

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!

It’s YOUR Turn, NW Performers – Run For The APP-NW Board of Directors!

APP-NW Board Member Harold Phillips receiving the Megann Ratzow “Above and Beyond” Award For Service To The Community at the Oregon Actors Awards on October 12.

We were very proud to see APP-NW Board member Harold Phillips receive the Megann Ratzow Above and Beyond Award For Service To The Community at this year’s Oregon Actors Awards.

As Harold was quick to point out when he accepted the award, though, all he did to deserve such an award was what any actor should do.  Actors learn, through their work, to stand with their fellow performers; they learn to watch out for each other; they learn that any project rises or falls based on everyone involved doing their part.

Now you’ve got a chance to do your part, Northwest performers.  For nearly five years the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW has been 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.

As you know, APP-NW holds Board elections in February of each year – and we’d love to see YOUR name on the ballot!  As per the organization’s bylaws, the Board consists of not less than five (5) and not more than nine (9) APP-NW members – half union, half not-union, and one of either status.  Board members are elected for two-year terms (though some members of the 2015 Board will only serve for one year to allow for “staggering” in future elections.)  A board member may serve for up to four consecutive terms.

  • To declare your candidacy (or nominate someone else for the Board) send an email to elections@app-nw.org no later than December 31, 2014 (please put “Election 2015” in the subject line.)
  • 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.)

Online voting will open in February 2015.  Paper ballots will also be available at the General Meeting in February.  All votes need to be submitted by February’s meeting when the ballots will be tabulated and the winners will be announced.

The Alliance of Professional Performers – NW Board of Directors wants to be sure you know what you’re getting into when you declare your candidacy for Board service, so it’s opening the organization’s next two Board meetings on November 10 and December 8 to members who want to get more involved with the organization.  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 location of these two open Board meetings, send an email to info@app-nw.org  (and please put “open Board meeting” in the subject line.)  We’d love to see you there so we can explain what’s involved with Board service.

Questions?  Contact us at elections@app-nw.org.  We’ve made great strides over the past four years by doing what actors do naturally – standing together, watching out for each other, and working together to create a community that is the envy of several markets around the country!  Bring your energy and your ideas to the APP-NW Board and help us continue to improve and increase the level of professionalism within our industry. Who knows – you could be standing at the podium during next year’s awards ceremony!

We’re looking forward to your nominations and candidacy!

APP-NW Profiled On Portland Film-Beat

APP-NW Board Co-Chairs Yolanda Porter and Chrisse Roccaro on Portland Film Beat with host David Poland -  target="_blank">watch the full interview!
APP-NW Board Co-Chairs Yolanda Porter and Chrisse Roccaro on Portland Film Beat with host David Polandwatch the full interview!

 

Northwest performers, we know how hard you’ve worked over the past couple years to spread the word about The Alliance of Professional Performers NW. 

We want to applaud your efforts to get the word out about the organization and its mission – you’ve told your fellow performers about standing together to get what they need in the workplace; you’ve brought your friends to our #ActorsHappyHour events, you’ve asked producers to add their names to our Preferred Producers list… and your efforts are being noticed!

Over the next month Portland Film Beat will air an interview with Alliance of Professional Performers NW Board Co-chairs Chrisse Roccaro and Yolanda Porter. The interview will be broadcast several times on Comcast TV channels (schedule below) but Portland Film Beat has given us a sneak-preview of the show that you can share with your fellow performers.  You can watch the full interview below, or click here to watch it on YouTube!

 

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One bit of breaking news mentioned in the Portland Film Beat interview is a change to APP-NW’s popular #ActorsHappyHour – In response to your requests and comments, we’ve decided to make AHH! a movable feast!  Starting on September 16, Actors Happy Hour will be held on the 3rd TUESDAY of the month at Cassidy’s Restaurant, at 1331 SW Washington Portland OR.

Owner Bob Cassidy will make his full bar and terrific happy hour menu available to us for the duration of our usual 6 – 9 PM time frame and give us the run of his back dining room for our socializing, raffling and topic-discussing pleasure! Many of us know Cassidy’s as THE place to go after a show, but if you’ve not been, check it out at www.cassidysrestaurant.com.

Come join us at Cassidy’s on Tuesday, September 16 at 6 PM for the fall kickoff of #ActorsHappyHour – and be sure to tune in on the following dates and times to watch the Portland Film Beat profile of APP-NW:

 

COMCAST channels in
Multnomah County:
Thu 09/11/14 8:00 PM Channel 23
Mon 09/15/14 5:00 PM Channel 22
Washington County:
Sat 9/20 7:30 PM Channel 21
Tue 9/23 2:00 PM  Channel 21
Thu 9/25 4:30 AM  Channel 21
Mon 9/29 10:00 PM Channel 21
Portland Wide:
Tue 9/23 11:30 PM Channel 11

Thank You To Outgoing APP-NW Board Members Lindsae Klein and Todd Robinson

We are sad to report that Portland actors Lindsae Klein and Todd Robinson have stepped down from the Alliance of Professional Performers-NW Board of Directors.

 

One of the organization’s founding members, Lindsae Klein has worked tirelessly to build the organization since its inception in 2010.  She worked hard on outreach to Oregon’s not-union performing community, chaired the Education committee and was responsible for facilitating many of the workshops presented at 2013’s Oregon’s Got Talent.  She also chaired the Elections committee and oversaw the organization’s first elections in February 2014.

 

Todd Robinson was elected to the APP-NW Board earlier this year.  As many in Portland know Todd is a dedicated teacher and advocate for Northwest performers.  He made sure to put these traits to use as he headed APP-NW’s Preferred Producers committee and moderated the April 2014 #ActorsHappyHour on performer professionalism.

 

The APP-NW Board of Directors offers their sincere thanks to both Lindsae and Todd for their service to the organization and to our region’s professional performers.  Their energy and dedication will be sorely missed.

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.