Create your own New Media project and Taft-Hartley yourself. You can become SAG-AFTRA eligible that easily.
So, there are NO EXCUSES non union actors. If you feel you are ready to work, keep reading.
One of my clients from Act Now went to a SAG New Media FREE lecture recently. They have these frequently and you can find the next one by checking the www.sag.org CALENDAR. You don’t have to be a member to go, and they validate your parking, yay!
Here is what several of my clients had to say about the process:
The paperwork is only about 4 pages. There is no cost to process it. Your project can have any budget level. The only requirement is that a current member of SAG has a speaking role in the project. But only one SAG member (in good standing) needs to be employed by your production. If they agree to “defer” pay then technically you could have a zero budget self financed project.
The union will need a copy of your script and a cast list. Once you submit this preliminary paperwork, a rep contacts you for approval. You want to submit that paperwork at least 3 weeks before filming. “The Taft-Hartley forms for non-union members sound so easy to do and its real…makes you eligible. You could literally put something on youtube and even if it sucks just delete it after a few days because it was available for a time.”
Another client and a former co-worker who completed projects like this both said they spent no money on thier New Media productions aside from postage to mail things to the SAG-AFTRA office. “We were willing to sacrifice quality on sound and lighting (we had a good camera). We literally did this just to get into the union.”
One client took 3 months from start to finish. Another said,”In all honesty it took no longer than an hour to get everything filled out, signed, scanned, and sent back to SAG. Paperwork was easy and I AM SO GLAD I DID THIS!”
Both the clients who followed through with this were successfully able to Taft-Hartley themselves and several friends. “It was just a matter of submitting their names and Social Security Number on a Taft Hartley form that SAG provided. The folks at SAG were very helpful every time I had a question. I got quick answers via email and phone.”
“I kept telling myself I was going to do this for six months but kept being lazy. Once I finally got going it was so much easier than I thought. I’ve already lined up a manager meeting for next week, and feel much more confident handing my headshot to CD’s with that magical SAG-E on it!”
So there you have it. Don’t be lazy! I’ll even add some links and phone numbers below to help you get started.
If you have more questions, please put them in the comments section below. * And I invite you to come back and share your story and a link to your work when you’ve got your new media project up! *