Monday, March 31, 2008
Postage Hike May 12, 2008Postage rates are increasing on May 12th, which means your headshot mailings will likely cost 3 cents more than they do now. In some cases $0.83, in some $1.00, depending how heavy your submission is (e.g., do you use a mailing label or hand write the address, do you include a cover letter, etc.) and postcards will likely cost one cent more, $0.27 each. After the rate change, you may want to have the post office weigh your mailing to double check the cost.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
SAG and AFTRA Bargain SeparatelyFrom sag.org, and an email sent to members about two hours ago:
The AFTRA representatives declared that they will not negotiate jointly with SAG on behalf of the TV/Theatrical Contract, including their Exhibit A.
SAG President Alan Rosenberg said,And from aftra.org:We remain focused on negotiating the best terms for actors covered by the TV/Theatrical Contract. We spent weeks working with our fellow actors in AFTRA on joint proposals to improve the lives of all working actors. AFTRA's refusal now to bargain together with us and their last-second abandonment of the joint process is calculated, cynical and may serve the interests of their institution, but not its members.
AFTRA's leadership believes that our union must devote its energies first and foremost to working on behalf of performers, and not waste any more time assessing whether our partner is being honest with us. With this in mind, the AFTRA National Board today voted overwhelmingly in favor of suspending Phase One, and negotiating the primetime television contract on our own. We are now prepared to move forward and negotiate a strong contract for our members as soon as possible.Will producers divide and conquer, or have to fight a two front war?
Monday, March 24, 2008
Calling ServicesFor extra work, many actors hire a calling service to simplify tracking down work. There is some information about calling services in LA on backgroundbeat.com. I don't know how reliable the information is; caveat actor.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
But if the government is not to intervene, how will we, mere human beings, work it all out?
I wondered and read, and it occurred to me that I knew the answer, and here it is: We just seem to. How do I know? From experience. I referred to my own-take away the director from the staged play and what do you get? Usually a diminution of strife, a shorter rehearsal period, and a better production.
The director, generally, does not cause strife, but his or her presence impels the actors to direct (and manufacture) claims designed to appeal to Authority-that is, to set aside the original goal (staging a play for the audience) and indulge in politics, the purpose of which may be to gain status and influence outside the ostensible goal of the endeavor(by David Mamet from Village Voice).
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Working for FreeSeth Godin discusses, in his post the thing about 'free,' that
[t]he fascinating thing is that it often doesn't matter if you're paying or being paid... it's the transaction either way that changes the posture of the person you're working with.I can vouch that how I'm treated on set is fundamentally better when I'm being paid something (even one cent) than when I'm there for free.