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

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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.

 

What’s The State of YOUR Union, NW Actors? Tell Us At #ActorsHappyHour January 20 (At A New Location!)

President Barack Obama Addressing Congress At The State Of The Union Address
Photo: OregonLive.com

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!

It’s Time To Give Thanks For Your Successes in 2014, NW Actors! Join Us At #ActorsHappyHour November 18!

Celebrate 2014It’s been a great year, Northwest actors – and we want to hear about the successes you’re giving thanks for at the final Actors Happy Hour of the year!

In January, we asked you what your goals for the coming year were… well, it’s time to look back at the “year that’s been” and see if 2014 matched – or surpassed – your expectations!  Join us downtown at Cassidy’s Restaurant on Tuesday, November 18 from 6 – 9 PM and share your success stories from 2014 – did you make connections with important industry players?  Did you spread the word about APP-NW‘s professional standards, and help your fellow performers do their best work on professional sets in the Northwest and elsewhere?  Did you reach a new career milestone, or help someone else build a stronger career?  Maybe your year went in an entirely unexpected direction, and you had to re-assess those goals you made back in January – what ever happened, we want to hear all about it!

Be sure to wear your APP-NW pins (or get them at the door) and expect some fine food and drink while we have a lively discussion… and do remember to bring a few extra dollars for our monthly raffle, where we give you the chance to win prizes that can help build your professional career like:

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!

Parking at Cassidy’s might require some pre-planning; we recommend that you take public transportation if you can, park at the SmartPark on 10th Ave, or leave plenty of time to look for metered parking.

As mentioned above, this will be our final #ActorsHappyHour of 2014 – but don’t you worry, we’ll be back after the holidays!  Be sure you’ve subscribed to our mailing list so you’re among the first to hear about our next #ActorsHappyHour location in January 2015!

Please RSVP at our Facebook page so we know you’re coming – and be sure to share this post with every film and TV worker on your list… we’d love to give you a free raffle ticket AND get a big group together to celebrate YOU!  We’re looking forward to seeing you next TUESDAY!

What Do Performers Do To Build A Strong Community (And Industry?) Tell Us At #ActorsHappyHour October 21!

Ted Rooney presents the Male Actor award to Danny Bruno at the 2014 Oregon Actors Awards (Photo: OregonConfluence)

Did you attend the Oregon Actors Awards this past Sunday, Northwest performers?  If you did, you heard a lot of speeches from the presenters and the winners – and one thing nearly all those speeches had in common was the word “community.”  Time and time again presenters and recipients talked about how amazing Oregon’s community is, and encouraged the audience to keep building a stronger community.

When many people think of the film and TV industry (in the Northwest or elsewhere) they tend to think about agents, movie stars, cameras, directors, and producers.  The term “community” doesn’t often enter their minds.  Really, what difference does a community make in the film and TV industry – and what can a single performer do to build a community… let alone have an effect on the larger industry?

We want to hear your thoughts at October’s Actors Happy Hour – how do you define “community?” What do the communities you’re part of do to help Oregon’s film and TV industry – and how can you follow the lead of Northwest performers like Danny Bruno, Ted Rooney, Harold Phillips, Jana Lee Hamlin and Duane Hanson by building a stronger community?

Come join the discussion with us at Cassidy’s Restaurant, located at 1331 SW Washington Ave between 12th and 13th, on Tuesday October 21 from 6-9 PM.  Share a drink and a smile, and let us know how YOU build a stronger community (and a stronger industry!)

Be sure to wear your APP-NW pins (or get them at the door) and expect some fine food and drink while we have a lively discussion… and remember to bring a few extra dollars for our monthly raffle, where we give you the chance to win prizes that can help build your professional career, including:

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!

Parking at Cassidy’s might require some pre-planning; we recommend that you take public transportation if you can, park at the SmartPark on 10th Ave, or leave plenty of time to look for metered parking.

Please RSVP at our Facebook page so we know you’re coming – and be sure to share this post with every film and TV worker on your list… we’d love to give you a free raffle ticket AND get a big group together to discuss this VERY important topic!  We’re looking forward to seeing you next TUESDAY!

What is a “Safe Set”? Tell Us At #ActorsHappyHour On September 16th At A New Location, Cassidy’s!

Video Of A Car Stunt On An Unsafe Set That Went Viral – Click here To Watch And Find Out More About The Incident

This year’s highly publicized fatal accident in Georgia shed light on an issue we all know happens far more frequently than we hear about in the news. What is a “Safe Set”? What can we do if we find ourselves in an unsafe situation on set?

We want to hear your thoughts at September’s Actors Happy Hour – and from your friends in the industry, too… anyone who performs, creates, produces, crews, casts or markets is invited.

Come join the discussion with us at a new location, Cassidy’s, located at 1331 S Washington Ave between 12th and 13th, on our new night Tuesday September 16th from 6-9.  Share a drink and a smile, and let us know what YOU think a safe set is.  Remember to wear your APP-NW pins, or get them at the door, and expect some fine food and drink while we have a lively discussion… and remember to bring a few extra dollars for our monthly raffle, where we give you the chance to win prizes that can help build your professional career, including:

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.

As it happens, we are sharing the date of our first Cassidy’s #ActorsHappyHour with a Timbers Game, so parking might require some forethought.  All the meters on 12th Avenue and further west will be active until 10 PM.  Take public transportation if you can, or park below 12th Avenue, where the meters go “off” at 7 PM.  There is a SmartPark on 10th Ave. From there it is a short “over two up two” to Cassidy’s – a lovely walk on a fine fall evening.  Other street, lot and garage parking opportunities are in the nearby Pearl District on the north side of Burnside.

Please RSVP at our Facebook page so we know you’re coming – and be sure to share this post with every industry worker on your list… we’d love to give you a free raffle ticket AND get a big group together to discuss this VERY important topic!  We’re looking forward to seeing you next TUESDAY!

#ActorsHappyHour Is Changing Days and Venue for September, October & November!

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In case you missed the news – APP-NW is kicking off the fall season with exciting news about Actors Happy Hour!

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 with the Alliance of Professional Performers – NW!

When’s The Right Time To Break The “4th Wall?” Share Your Thoughts with us At #ActorsHappyHour June 16!

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The story of actor John Lacy’s firing at Repertory East Playhouse in Santa Clara, CA spread like wildfire through social media last week.  Lacy was terminated for jumping off the stage and physically removing an inebriated heckler who had been yelling anti-gay slurs from the audience during a production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; the production closed soon afterward when at least one cast member resigned in solidarity with Lacy.

Anyone who has performed for any length of time has encountered uncomfortable situations – and how we deal with those situations often help to define us as professionals (or not.)  That same week, for instance, Kevin Spacey stopped a performance in Baltimore to scold an audience member.

Incidents like these have provoked a lot of conversation on social media channels; some understand an actor’s need to take action, while others agree behavior like this is inappropriate (and that, in Lacy’s case, termination is warranted.)

What’s your take, Portland-area performers?  We want to hear your thoughts about these episodes and others like them at June’s Actors Happy Hour!  Join us at Foster-Powell’s Bar Maven from 6-9 next Monday, June 16, share a drink and a smile with your fellow performers, and let us know what you would have done in those situations… or what you did in similar situations!

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) so expect some fine food and drink while we have a lively discussion… and remember to bring a few extra dollars for our monthly raffle, where we give you the chance to win prizes that can help build your professional career!  Don’t forget – raffle tickets are $1.00 each or SEVEN for $5.00, and if you bring a performer who’s never attended an #ActorsHappyHour we’ll 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 get a big group of performers together to discuss this VERY important topic!  We’re looking forward to seeing you next Monday!

Northwest Performers Say “Gimme Shelter” At May’s #ActorsHappyHour

May 19 was a sunny day in Portland – so sunny, in fact, the proprietors of Bar Maven in Southeast Portland opened the side-wall doors to let in some fresh air.  It seemed an odd day for professional performers to discuss shelter from the elements… but that’s just what happened at the May 2014 #ActorsHappyHour.

If you don’t like Northwest weather, the saying goes, just wait five minutes – it’ll change.  This topic was on many of performers minds that Monday evening…  Even though it was temperate that evening a thunderstorm had blown through the area one week before, and temperatures had surpassed 90 degrees the week before that!  Time is precious on professional sets, so the assembled performers agreed that if they were to do their best work a safe place out of the elements – with chairs to sit on and a secure place to store valuables – needs to be provided.  This allows them to focus on the work at hand, and not on how hot, cold, or wet they’ve become before production staff is ready for them.

“But how,” many asked, “do we bring this up with production?”  The best time to discuss this need is obviously before the production begins – by asking if that production will conform to APP-NW Standards.  Those standards lay out the need for shelter from the elements, a chair, access to a bathroom and drinking water, and a secure place to lock one’s valuables.

If a performer finds him or herself on a set without these things, however, everyone agreed s/he shouldn’t be afraid to pull the Assistant Director or Stage Manager aside to discuss the need for them.  Everyone on a professional set wants the same thing – to create an amazing production that will wow the audience and make all involved proud of it.  There’s nothing wrong with performers reminding production staff that secure shelter is a must if they’re to do their part in reaching that goal!

After everyone came to agreement on that point, they agreed on something else: it was time for APP-NW’s monthly raffle!  Take a look at what these lucky performers took home with them:

Congratulations to Yolanda Porter, who won a Tazo teapot!

 

Congratulations to Dominic Cicero who won a hair care package from The Phix Hair Studio!

 

Congratulations to David Emerson Jackson, who won an Actors Holdon Log!

Remember, #ActorsHappyHour is presented from 6-9 on the third Monday of every month by The Alliance of Professional Performers – NW, a movement of non-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. Be sure to mark your calendars for next month’s #ActorsHappyHour on June 16! We’re looking forward to seeing you there and keeping the conversation going!

NW Actors, What do YOU Call “A secure Place To Rest and Get Shelter From The Elements?” Tell Us At #ActorsHappyHour May 19!

It’s that magical time of year, Actors… spring is giving way to summer, and you know what that means –

It’s shooting season in the Northwest!

While film and TV production has been booming year-round in the Northwest, it really ramps up during the summer when filmmakers head out to capture our region’s dramatic scenery.  It’s no secret, though, that Northwest weather can be unpredictable… a bright, sunny day can turn into a downpour in an instant, and an overcast day can shoot up to 90 degrees before you know it!

Everyone on set wants to do everything they can to get that important shot “in the can,” but performers have a hard time focusing on their work if they’re cold and wet, overheated and sunburned, or just plain exhausted from standing all day!  That’s why it’s crucial that professional productions have a secure place for performers to rest and get shelter from the elements!  It’s not uncommon for this need to slip a producer’s mind, though – and knowing who to talk to (and how to talk about it) can be a challenge for performers “on the day!”

Come out of the rain (or the sun) at Foster-Powell’s Bar Maven from 6-9 next Monday, May 19 and tell us how YOU’VE brought up the need for secure shelter on the set.  Share a drink and a smile with your fellow performers and let us know what you call a “secure place to rest” – and what you’ve experienced that didn’t quite fit the bill!

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) so expect some fine food and drink while we have a lively discussion!  We’ll also be raffling off great tools that will aid you in building a better career as “shooting season” gets underway (Remember, APP-NW members, raffle tickets are $1.00 each or SEVEN for $5.00 – and if you bring an actor along who’s never attend an #ActorsHappyHour we’ll 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 get a big group of actors together to discuss this VERY important topic!  We’re looking forward to seeing you next Monday!

We Asked “What Makes A Professional Performer” – And You Told Us At April’s #ActorsHappyHour!

Casting director Lori Lewis shares her views on what makes a performer a professional at the April 2014 #ActorsHappyHour. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Northwest actors, April’s Actors Happy Hour was a barn-burner indeed!

As you may recall, the topic of the evening was “What makes a performer a professional?”  In addition to one of the larger crowds we’ve seen at an  #ActorsHappyHour in recent months, the event was graced by the presence of casting director Lori Lewis, director/ producer (actor/ acting coach/ etc.)
Mike Prosser, and representatives from the Portland Belly Dance Guild – all of whom contributed invaluable insights on the subject of professionalism from their particular points of view.

Common themes developed over the course of the discussion, led by APP-NW Board member Todd Robinson.  All in all, it boiled down to a few simple things:

  •  Be on time;
  • Don’t be difficult to work with;
  • Do your job well;
  • Remain humble when you start having success.

Toward the end of the discussion, the point of fair wages came up, and examples of when it is acceptable to donate one’s talents were discussed.  It was agreed nearly unanimously that “compensation” can be defined in myriad ways, but that the performer should always receive something of value for his or her work.

Board member Dennis Fitzpatrick brought the discussion home by pointing out how important it is for professional performers to get a contract for their work – and to honor the agreements they sign.

Of course, these were just the points brought up at Monday’s #ActorsHappyHour – we know many of you weren’t able to attend, and we still want to hear from you about what traits you think a professional performer should have!  Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page… your ideas might just end up on a list of standards Northwest producers should expect professional performers to uphold on their sets!

Remember, Actors Happy Hour is presented from 6-9 at SE Portland’s Bar Maven on the third Monday of every month by The Alliance of Professional Performers – NW, a movement of non-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.  Be sure to mark your calendars for next month’s #ActorsHappyHour on May 19th.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there and keeping the conversation going!