Actor-Reel Workshop

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

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

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

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

Types of reels:

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

Gather Your Footage:

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

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

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

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

HD: 1920×1080 or 1280×720

Try to avoid SD. Try to avoid letterbox.

Don’t forget about audio!!!!!!

What clips to not use?

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

The reel!

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

Production Quality Matters!!!!!!

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

Before Giving Footage to Your Editor:

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

Shooting Your Own Scenes:

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

What to do with your reel?

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

Robin Vada from Professional Acting Reels

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

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

Welcome 2015 Board

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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.

After a brief introduction to the movement Board Co-Chair Chrisse Roccaro thanked host Wine Up on Williams, drink sponsors Blue Seraph Productions and food sponsor SAG-AFTRA.

The heads of various board committees reported that in 2014 the organization’s accomplishments were:

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.

The 2015 Alliance of Professional Performers NW Board of Directors are:

Darius PierceDarius Pierce, SAG-AFTRA Lanie Hoyo, SAG-AFTRA LoreleiKennedyLorelei Kennedy Priscilla ProsserPriscilla Mohan Prosser
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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

 

The Librarians Are Coming! The Librarians Are Coming! Join Us For A Special Viewing Party December 7 at 8:00!

TNT's New Shot-in-Portland Series The Librarians

 

In case you haven’t heard, Electric Entertainment’s The Librarians, the newest addition to the filmed-in-Portland television lineup, will premiere on Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM on TNT!

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!

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!

Be Aware, Northwest Performers – Pledge To Sarah and SAG-AFTRA Provide New Tools For Set Safety

SAG-AFTRA’s New 24-Hour Safety Hotline

You might remember that September’s #ActorsHappyHour was all about ensuring your (and your fellow performers) safety on set.  We had a rousing discussion of ways performers can watch out for each other (in fact, many in attendance wanted to keep talking about ways to ensure safety on set long after the event was over!)

It seems that we’re not the only ones taking set safety seriously – in recent weeks two new tools have been announced to help you stay safe on set (and report safety violations if need be.)

SAG-AFTRA recently launched a new 24-hour Set Safety Hotline number that performers can call for advice and help with unsafe conditions.  As the graphic above notes, reporting issues with working conditions, dangerous locations, or issues involving minors can be confidential at the performer’s request.

Meanwhile, PledgeToSarah.org has launched a new phone app available in both the IPhone App Store and the Android Play Store.  The app allows film and TV personnel to report safety issues, and gives them access to safety hotlines.  It also gives users the ability to upload evidence of unsafe working and access to CSATF Safety Bulletins so users can check for safety issues.  The organization has also added an “FAQ” for the app on its web site.

The Alliance of Professional Performers-NW believes that every performer deserves a safe work environment.  We urge all our members to utilize these new tools to keep themselves (and their fellow performers) safe and able to do their best work.