Monday, June 30, 2008

SAG Contract Expires Today

The SAG Theatrical Contract expires today. The president of SAG said in a statement Sunday:

We have taken no steps to initiate a strike authorization vote by the members of Screen Actors Guild. Any talk about a strike or a management lockout at this point is simply a distraction. The Screen Actors Guild national negotiating committee is coming to the bargaining table every day in good faith to negotiate a fair contract for actors

(from sag.org).

Looks like a strike could not happen in July anyway:

...no strike can take place until about Aug. 1 at the earliest. Guild leaders have yet to call for a strike authorization vote, which must be put before the entire membership and approved by 75 percent of voters

(from The New York Times).

Update 10:58 AM from SAG email:

All members should continue to report to work and to audition for new work past the expiration date until further notice from the Guild. Such work will be covered under the terms of the expired television and theatrical agreements.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

IOWest Car Crash - Shows Closed through July 7

A car crashed into iO West Theater so they've had to cancel performances until July 7th. No one was hurt; drive safely.

Update July 19: IO West shows canceled through at least July 24.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

IRS Raises Mileage Rates July through December

The IRS ...announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008, so you can benefit if you keep track of your business mileage:

The rate will increase to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008
(from irs.gov)

I believe that affects driving from one work place to another, like one shoot to another, or a trip from the post office, after mailing headshots, to a rehearsal. I don't think commuting counts (i.e. to and from home to set/rehearsal/other gig related location). Talk to your tax preparer for details; caveat actor.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Two Points About LA

Just remember:
  1. You came here to have a successful acting career
  2. Everything in LA is negotiable
(from Terri J. Freedman).

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Universal Open After Yesterday's Fire

The fire there damaged a sound stage and some other things (King Kong, New York Street) but it's open again today.

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