When applying to non-union jobs should I remove the fact that I'm SAG eligible from my resume?
NO! You want to keep SAG-AFTRA Eligible on your resume to make you look like a more polished actor than most non union actors.
Do not join!! right now it seems more than ever there is MORE non union work. SAG/AFTRA is not worth it. The contracts are all over the place.
Non union work SUCKS! There's a lot of Non union work so there's a lot more shit out there. Do you seriously want to do a $1000 commercial with NO residuals and a COMMERCIAL CONFLICT that will cock block you from doing a similar union commercial that can pay you many times over with residuals?
You cannot be a serious actor and hopefully make a living by not being in the union.
As far as building your resume and getting potent clips, all of the TOP film schools like AFI, USC, and Chapman to name a few are under a SAG agreement which allows them to hire Union actors.
BUT if you choose to join ASAP, you better promise yourself that you'll be training like a MOFO to keep up with the big dogs.
Gotcha. Thanks for the advice!
Getting a SAG-E status does not make one come across "more polished". If it's a non union gig, the SAG-E status is irrelevant. It's no big secret that the union is inundated with a TON of people who rushed to sign up when the merger was going to take place, and they have little to no professional experience. These are competing with those who are more seasoned, for a small number of union jobs. While the union is great once you get a job, the union is not there to guarantee getting you work. That little detail is on you getting picked for a role. While nonunion pay is not great, there is no doubt that right now there is much more nonunion work than union, and the union has yet to address or solve this.
Sorry for stupid question, what does 'SAG eligible' mean?
It means that you're $3000 away from being a full member.
When you do your first union gig, you get Taft Hartley and are now SAG Eligible. After you do your next union job, you will get a letter from the union telling you that you can work on as many union gigs as you want for the next 30 days without having to join. After the 30 days, you are now a MUST JOIN and cannot work another union gig until your fork over the $3000
Not that I am doubting your information TruthTeller, but why does it not say that on their website? It says that you pay a $198 due, and then a percentage of the money you make every year. Are you estimating at 3000 or is that one of those "read between the lines" things?
$3000 is the initiation fee. AFTER you officially become a member, you now have to pay around $99 twice a year for your membership dues.
Truthteller, must join guidelines do not apply in right to work states. All of the Southeast is right to work, as well as much of the Midwest.
I realize this does not apply to the OP in NY, but just wanted to clarify.
Tips for the actor as told by an actress.
where is the best place to get an Talent Agent? Im new and really wanting to find someone who can see my talent. Thank You!
At a recent theatrical agent showcase I went to, they advised me to drop the "SAG Eligible" from my resume and just put "SAG" - thoughts?
For CD and Agent workshops or whenever you audition for SAG-AFTRA Projects, DROP THE ELIGIBLE!
You can keep the Eligible if you go out for non union.
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