December 16, 2010
Most productions will be down after December 17th until at least January 3rd, just in case you were wondering.
However, we will be open Monday through Thursday for the next two weeks. We are closed on 12/24 (Christmas eve) and 12/31 (New Years eve).
September 7, 2010
ages 18-27 years old. Seeking SAG & Non-Union talent. Current photos
are essential. The official open call with casting will be Saturday
September 11th from 1PM to 4PM at 3108 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank,
CA 91505. However, anyone, 18-27 years old, interested in attending on
outside dates to get on file, may do so daily in September; Monday -
Thursday Starting September 7th, from 1PM-4PM.
This is a free open call for talent ages 18-27 ONLY, please dress in
fitted clothing. Everyone must be legal to work in the US so you must
bring your ID as well as any applicable Union Cards. SAG Members,
feel free to drop off a current photo that is representative of how
you look now. Open Call photos will be taken as well, again, at no
charge for talent matching the open call requirements.
This project will need several core groups of talent (ages 18-27)
working MULTIPLE DAYS/WEEKS and willing to maintain their picture
If your look is more of a character type and typically disheveled,
then please look that way at the open call if you plan on maintaining
a disheveled look.
If you are typically very upscale and well put together, then make
sure you look that way at the open call. We are seeking a range for
this and love both ends of the spectrum as well as looks in between.
The most important aspect is that, if selected, you arrive on set
looking like your picture picked photo.
Please also come to the open call knowing your Height, Weight &
current sizes - ie: Men: Neck, Sleeve, Jacket, Waist, Inseam, Shoe;
Ladies: Bust, Waist, Hip, Dress, Shoe.
August 26, 2010
August 21, 2010
When: Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 10am to 4pm (Rain Date: Aug 28th)
Who: For all current clients of Jessica’s A List and their guests.
Where: Griffith Park Old Zoo Picnic Area --- Directions: http://tiny.cc/JALPicnic walk from the parking area to the left and up the stairs into the picnic area.
What: Potluck --- Please bring any food/dessert item for at least 10 people (or enough to share). A List will be supplying drinks, paper goods, and cutlery. (Be prepared to take home what you bring with you.)
What to Bring: Park Games (Frisbees, Lawn Darts, Sports Balls, Bubbles, etc.),Camera, Chairs, Picnic Blankets, Sunscreen/Hats.
July 17, 2010
Men - Ready to become a fitness model? You could get paid $5000 to transform your body in just 10 to 18 weeks!
Are you an ex-Jock looking to get back into shape? Have you always known you had what it takes to build a model-worthy body?
An industry-leading Sports Nutrition Company is now looking for telegenic men aged 18 to 27 who know their way around the gym and are looking to build a lean, athletic and muscular physique. Selected participants could receive $5,000 for a National Print and Commercial campaign, training advice from industry experts and their own supply of sports nutrition products for a 10 to 18 week training program. In particular, we are seeking healthy and motivated individuals.
Men Ages 18-27
Telegenic and self motivated send to firstname.lastname@example.org
AND GET INTO THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE!
Are you looking to get back in shape? Having a hard time finding the right outfit in your size? Are you Just getting yourself into the gym and need that extra push?
An industry-leading Sports Nutrition Company is now looking for women and men 20-30 who are looking to lose weight and get into the best shape of their lives. Selected participants could receive $5,000 for a National Print and Commercial campaign, professional consultation and training advice from industry experts, as well as their own supply of diet products for a maximum 18-week training program. In particular, we are seeking healthy and motivated individuals. Must be:
• Women & Men ages 20-30
• Outgoing and Energetic
Interested? Let us hear from you right away. Program starts July 23rd 2010
Email a photograph or video clip of you taken within the last 14 days wearing a bikini or workout clothing revealing your body if you are a woman. Men must be photographed in shorts with no shirt. Photograph yourself from the front, back and side angle.
Att: Faye Bernard
July 16, 2010
DO NOT CALL A LIST - we don't have any more info than what's posted here. Thanks!
Nancy Beer Casting - Infomercial Audition 7/27/10
Attractive "natural" looking women ages 35-60 wanted for the product trial of a new national brand anti wrinkle system. We are looking for personality as well as appearance for both photo and video formats in a national ad. If chosen, participants will be compensated $100 for each of two days of photography as well as the potential for an additional $250 for a video taped interview of your honest opinion.
The product is a simple three part anti wrinkle and serum product that you will be asked to use for 6 weeks. Before pictures will be taken at the start of the trial and additional pictures will be taken upon completion. Then, if selected, you will be interviewed on videotape.
Please send an honest and representational face shot via .pdf or a photo in your email to NancyBeerCasting@gmail.com. Do not send links or websites. Sorry but we cannot download or open everyone’s web sites.
A non paid Casting call is set for Tuesday, July 27th between 10am and 3pm in North Hollywood. This audition will be quick. We have done this before and have the greatest respect for your time and effort. The Commercial Director as well as a product representative will attend as a face to face meeting is essential in making the proper casting choices.
Please bring a headshot for future projects.
July 15, 2010
June 25, 2010
June 23, 2010
May 18, 2010
$#! My Dad Says - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
30 Rock (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
90210 (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Better Together (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Blue Bloods (CSB) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Body Of Proof (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Bones (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Brothers & Sisters (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Cape (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED -midseason
Castle (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Chase (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Chuck (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Community (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Cougar Town (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Criminal Minds (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Criminal Minds Spin-off (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED - midseason
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
CSI: Miami (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
CSI: NY (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Defenders (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Desperate Housewives (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Event (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Friends With Benefits (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Friday Night Lights (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Fringe (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Glee (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Good Guys (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Good Wife (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Gossip Girl (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Harry's Law (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED - midseason
Hawaii Five-O (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Hellcats (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
House (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Human Target (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Lie to Me (Fox) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Life Unexpected (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Lonestar (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Love Bites (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Medium (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Mentalist (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Middle (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Mike and Molly (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Mixed Signals (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED - midseason
Modern Family (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
My Generation (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
NCIS (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Nikita (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
No Ordinary Family (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Office (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
One Tree Hill (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Outlaw (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Outsourced (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Parenthood (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Parks and Recreation (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Persons Unknown (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED -midseason
Private Practice (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Raising Hope (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Ride-Along (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED - midseason
Rules of Engagement (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Running Wilde (FOX) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Smallville (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Supernatural (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Two and a Half Men (CBS) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
Undercovers (NBC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
V (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Vampire Diaries (CW) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
The Whole Truth (ABC) - UPDATE: CONFIRMED
24 (Fox) - UPDATE: Ended
Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
The Beautiful Life: TBL (CW) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Better Off Ted (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Brothers (Fox) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Cold Case (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
The Deep End (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Dollhouse (Fox) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Eastwick (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
FlashForward (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
The Forgotten (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Gary Unmarried (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Ghost Whisperer (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED - Rumor it might be picked up on ABC
Hank (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Heroes (NBC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Law & Order (NBC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Lost (ABC) - UPDATE: Ended
Melrose Place (CW) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Mercy (NBC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Miami Medical (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Numb3rs (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Past Life (Fox) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Scrubs (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Sons of Tucson (Fox) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Three Rivers (CBS) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
'Til Death (Fox) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Trauma (NBC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
Ugly Betty (ABC) - UPDATE: CANCELLED
*Not included - Reality and Animated Programs
*Original list from a Yahoo/TV Guide story "Is Your Favorite Show in Danger?" by Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant.
May 5, 2010
Colors: As it is with wardrobe, RED, WHITE and BLACK are usually out of the running (although there is the rare exception.) There is an overabundance of SILVER, so most of those spots get filled up quickly. GREEN, BLUE, MAROON, RUST, GOLD, CHARCOAL/STEEL GREY, and any non-bright off colors are all good choices.
Type: Most of the car requests come in for either normal sedan/compact calls (ie: city/commuter cars) or luxury car calls. The normal car calls are usually looking for very nondescript (ND) cars to be in traffic or parked. Luxury cars should be no older than about 6-7 years old to usually be considered.
With all cars, just because the body style doesn't change for a few years when the car was being sold, DOES NOT mean you should change the year of your vehicle to benefit your submissions and files.
Condition: Cars that have less damage tend to get booked more. With that said, most little dents are not noticeable, but anything maybe larger than maybe a baseball should be noted (use your best judgment.) Cars should be safe to drive on the road, legal, and be mechanically sound. Occasionally we get asked for 'quiet cars' but usually casting is just interested in booking very new cars and hybrids because of their lack of engine noise.
Exceptions: Beater's (vehicles in really bad shape cosmetically, but still run fine), Trucks, SUV's, Vans (mini and regular), Normal Cars in Crazy Colors, and Classic Cars all have calls, but less often.
On a related note: If you are a bad driver or have fears of driving on set, please let us know and we will not submit you for car calls.
April 24, 2010
I usually don't post on the weekends, but I am 'on call' so... I guess I'm sort of working.
April 19, 2010
April 16, 2010
- SAG and/or AFTRA, 18 to-look-younger types: 18-25, men and women, any ethnicity, looking for people who still look like middle/high school or young college students.
- SAG and/or AFTRA Hispanic: any age, men and women.
- SAG and/or AFTRA Hot Types: 18-45, men and women, fit, attractive.
Follow the submission information listed on our website HERE.
April 13, 2010
OPEN CALL THIS SATURDAY (4/17) for "Water for Elephants"
SAG and Non-Union Extra work
- Caucasian Men with very 1930s looking period faces, size 46 coat or smaller.
- African American Men with short 1930s period haircuts. No shaved heads, size 46 coat or smaller.
- Caucasian Women with shoulder length hair or shorter, size 6 or smaller.
No piercings, tattoos, no breast implants, no artificial nails, no highlighted or colored hair (natural looking color is okay.)
Sande Alessi Casting
13731 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Saturday, April 17th
12:00noon to 2:00pm
Please bring a 3×5 current color photo OR we can take one for $2.00
Include all information, name, phone numbers, height, weight, all clothing sizes and union status.
(re-posted from their Facebook page)
General Note: Please respect the CD's time and only attend open calls or submit for roles that fall within what CD is looking for. It does not help you get work if you do not fit what they are looking for OR as we like to say, "no better way to burn a bridge." :)
April 12, 2010
In the past you could pay into AFTRA by applying your paychecks to your AFTRA initiation dues owed (when you were past your 30 days, you didn't really have a choice most of the time.) They no longer take your checks for background work. Because of that if you were formerly billing yourself as 'AFTRA Willing' if you get booked on an AFTRA production you may be required to pay your initiation fees and any dues owed.
A few clients have run into issues lately becasue if they don't (or are unable) to resolve their payments to AFTRA after getting booked, the casting office that booked them is at risk for getting fined $500 per person, per booking. (no bueno!)
With all that in mind, if you haven't paid your total initiation fees, you are not an AFTRA member. There is a status when you have paid your initiation fees and have had a membership card in the past, but you are just behind on your bi-yearly dues, but this is less of an issue and usually there aren't fines for casting companies that book you on jobs. In that case you may be asked to get paid up, but the amount you owe would be considerably less than having to pay a whole initiation fee.
My best advice ... wait for it ... is to CALL AFTRA if you are unsure of your exact status and how much you owe. (And call us afterward, we're not mind readers - as my mom always says.)
Lets just put it the easy way...
- If you have a current AFTRA card, you are a Paid Up AFTRA Member.
- If you have ever had an AFTRA card, you are an AFTRA Member, but you are not paid up.
- If you have an AFTRA Number, but no card, you are in the system, but NOT an member.
- If you have nothing from AFTRA, you are non-union (and welcome to join - follow the link below.)
AFTRA's main number: 323-634-8100 ext. 4285 or ask for the Membership Department
AFTRA How to Join
April 7, 2010
April 1, 2010
A belated happy passover to all the jewish folks.
Everyone else, happy long weekend.
We are closed tomorrow for the good friday holiday, and will reopen on monday 4/5.
As usual we will be checking voice mail and be on call for casting.
March 16, 2010
I wish I had positive and encouraging news to share with Hollywood SAG members, but I don’t. Seventy-nine pilots. Seventy-nine scripted dramatic programming pilots. Seventy-nine work opportunities for which our members could possibly work, earning pension credits and qualifying for the ever elusive health coverage.
Unfortunately Screen Actors Guild has missed out on all of those opportunities. Take a look at Variety’s article of February 9, “AFTRA the Deal of Choice,” written by Dave McNary. Very sobering. And to add more insult to the injury, filming permits in L.A. have declined, significantly, once again. Work is everywhere but HERE. Productions are quickly gravitating to states that offer producer-friendly discounts, with a growing and experienced work force. And more importantly, these productions are gravitating away from SAG coverage. Some consider these huge discounts/incentives a race to the bottom. Some also opine that the shift in union coverage could be the end of SAG in the area of primetime television. Whatever your opinion regarding the whys or the what fors, television work is leaving SAG at a dizzying pace.
My hope is that we, as a collective, find our way back on course, and fast. If this trend continues, thousands of SAG members will no longer earn enough for SAG health coverage or pension credit points, which will trickle down, negatively impacting our Pension and Health Plans. And as far as California’s tax incentives go, it’s a beginning (albeit late to the party), but they don’t go far enough. Why weren’t commercial productions included?
I can’t express strongly enough how dire this is. And I know I’m not talking in a vacuum. Not a day goes by that I don’t have these conversations with fellow actors at auditions, on sets, on the streets and in the board room. Those who I’ve spoken to believe SAG needs to do more to offer all of its Hollywood members a forum to hold a healthy dialogue regarding these key career/union issues. I agree. And as your 1st vice president, I’ll do my best to make that happen.
March 15, 2010
March 11, 2010
Watch in your regular mail for an envelope from A List. Due to new legislation in the State of California we are issuing agreements for service that need to be signed and returned by 3/31/10.
The basics of how we work won't be changing, but things like billing and conduct will be more closely restricted. As well as having a clear policy of what to expect from us as a service, the agreement explains what we expect from you to maintain good standing.
The papers you will be receiving will explain more, but this is just a 'heads-up'.
February 18, 2010
February 12, 2010
February 11, 2010
AVAILABILITY AND BOOKINGS
Asking for availability does not obligate either the Background Actor or the Producer. Availabilities are not bookings. Example: A casting director calls you and says, “There is a two-day shoot next Monday and Tuesday, are you available?” and you reply “yes” and are told to call back on Sunday for details. When you call, you are given all of the necessary information (time, place, wardrobe) for Monday, but Tuesday is not mentioned. At this point you should ask, “Am I booked for Tuesday?” Many casting directors would like to give the impression that the Background Actor is obligated to hold the second day, but this is not true.
If the Background Actor is established in the film so that he/she cannot be replaced, and if the Producer requires his/her services on the following workday and notifies the Background Actor of this by giving him/her a definite call-back, the Background Actor shall report for the following workday.
The Background Actor is entitled to a full day of pay for cancellation of an initial work call, unless such cancellation is due to illness in principal cast, fire, flood, or other similar catastrophe or national emergency. In the event of such cancellation, the Background Actor will be entitled to a half-check. If the Background Actor is notified of such cancellation before 6:00 pm of the workday previous to the work date, the Background Actor will not be entitled to the half-check.
An article from Variety. Also keep in mind that many of these are NOT filming in the LA area....By DAVE MCNARY
AFTRA has clearly become the deal of choice this pilot season, as producers shun SAG -- which once dominated primetime.
With the season starting to wind down and move toward casting, a total of 62 pilots shot on digital have signed with the thus far, according to the union's internal tracking.
Conversely, insiders believe that only few pilots have inked deals with the -- even though minimum terms of primetime deals in the SAG and AFTRA master don't vary significantly.
SAG and AFTRA, which share jurisdiction on primetime shows shot in digital formats, had no comment Tuesday. But this pilot season appears to be a repeat of last year, when strike saber-rattling by SAG leaders sent nearly all of the studios and producers into the arms of AFTRA.
AFTRA has signed 23 ABC pilots, including "Mr. Sinshine" with Matthew Perry; "The Whole Truth," produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and "No Ordinary Family," starring Michael Chiklis. The guild has also signed 14 at NBC, including "The Rockford Files" and "Prime Suspect"; a dozen at CBS, including "Hawaii Five-O" and Chuck Lorre's "Mike and Molly"; and 10 at Fox, including Shawn Ryan's "Ridealong."
SAG appears to be paying the price for its aggressive stance during 2008 and 2009, when AFTRA split off from joint negotiations and SAG insisted on a better deal than the other Hollywood unions. That led to AFTRA concluding a deal a year before SAG in July 2008 -- despite SAG's fervent opposition to ratification on the grounds that the AFTRA deal fell short in new media compensation.
Studios and producers are able to choose between SAG and AFTRA jurisdiction now that most pilots are shot via high-definition video. SAG has exclusive jurisdiction over projects shot in film -- but that medium is no longer common in TV production.
"We shoot all of our shows in HD," one studio exec said -- adding that their decision to shoot digitally has nothing to do with the guilds. (Instead, the flexibility is a beneficial byproduct of the shift from film to digital.)
SAG dominated pilot jursidiction until last year.
Producers have continued to opt for AFTRA deals -- even though SAG members have voted in more moderate leaders who have moved toward mending fences with AFTRA.
Advocates of a SAG-AFTRA merger contend that the issue of split jurisdiction's a potential headache for working members amid tightened qualifications for the joint industry-union health and pension plans. SAG earnings aren't counted toward the AFTRA plans and vice-versa.
In a development that's troubling for SAG members, thesps were told at the guild's membership meeting on October that declines in TV work had led to producer contributions to SAG's health and pension plans sliding between 10% and 11% for 2009.
SAG's national board voted on Jan. 31 to seek a joint negotiation with AFTRA on a new primetime deal, a week after AFTRA's strategy cabinet took the first step toward joint negotiations by voting to create a committee to explore that option.
SAG has about 120,000 members, and AFTRA has 70,000, with about 45,000 thesps holding dual membership. Both primetime deals expire in June, 2011. SAG is obligated to begin talks with the companies in October for seven weeks; AFTRA's talks have not been set.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111801 ... Id=14&cs=1
February 10, 2010
February 4, 2010
February 1, 2010
January 21, 2010
By Anne-Marie Johnson
I hope your holidays were filled with happiness, and I’m wishing all of us good health and employment in 2010.
With regard to employment, many challenges are facing us. Most importantly, our mandated early negotiations with our employers start this October. The changing landscape of the entertainment industry has impacted all of SAG’s members, and it is becoming more difficult for most of us to make a decent living, let alone qualify for health care.
The ever-changing landscape was made even more apparent during my visit to the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I was there representing Screen Actors Guild, and what I saw and heard made it even clearer that the warm and fuzzy days of traditional broadcasting and distribution will soon be a distant memory. From IPTV to 3D televisions, all changes and innovations had to do with the delivery of content. Our content. It was all very intriguing, but none of these technical bells and whistles mean a thing for actors if we are not treated like true “partners” with our employers.
In a blog posted on January 8, columnist and screenwriter Robert J. Elisberg recounts a conversation he had with a representative from mSpot Mobile Movies, a company which provides for the streaming of rented movies directly to personal mobile devices. No downloading necessary. What I found most eye-opening about this blog was the response from the mSpot Mobile Movies representative when told that the AMPTP (our employers) stated during negotiations with the WGA that industry companies needed years to study the Internet and that there wasn’t any money in New Media yet. The mSpot rep responded, “No money? Then maybe they’ll give us back everything we pay them! Because we (mSpot Mobile) pay them (studios/companies) a lot.” Interesting.
Although much can be said about the current drama facing NBC Universal and the “late night wars,” what is most important is, hopefully, the eventual return of scripted entertainment. Placing The Jay Leno Show in primetime theoretically eliminated five hours of scripted television. Hours that could have been filled with dramatic programming, employing SAG members. My selfish wish is that those five hours of primetime television return to a more traditional format, creating more opportunities for actors. Had NBC Universal’s experiment been a success, it was feared that other networks would follow suit, eliminating more hours of scripted primetime programming. But it appears, as of the writing of this letter, that hopefully 2010 will be a better season for our members, the industry and viewers with regard to scripted pilots and/or series orders.
January 20, 2010
January 14, 2010
Got your 3 SAG vouchers... now what?
So you're non-union and you've just gotten three (or more) total vouchers, what's the next step?
(If you're a client of A List, also keep us posted along your path to becoming a SAG.)
- Wait until you get your paycheck. The check stub is your proof that you worked and got paid under the SAG contract. I recommend keeping the work day vouchers too, but the check stub is more important.
- Go to http://www.sag.org/content/eligibility-check and see if SAG already has some of your work history in their system. If they do not have at least 3 SAG work days in their system, you must submit the stubs to them. Follow the directions on http://www.sag.org/content/steps-join to complete the SAG registration process.
- Initiation fees for SAG are $2335 (that's $2,277 plus the semi-annual dues payment of $58.) Payment details are listed in the second link in #2 above. (All of the initiation and first semi-annual dues must be paid in full before the SAG registration process can be continued. I believe they will let you make partial payments to your account, but nothing moves forward until you are paid in full.)
- After you pay, you will get your receipt from SAG. Sometimes it takes a few days to get it, but from this point forward, you're officially SAG. The receipt is basically your temporary card.
- Take your receipt to Central and re-register as SAG. You usually have to do the complete registration process over again, so be prepared to have ID's, money, and be ready to take new pictures.
- Your SAG card will come in the mail in a few weeks. Always bring it to set.
Hope that helps!
January 6, 2010
Loss of film, TV production a 'crisis'
Heeding warnings that runaway production has reached the "crisis" stage, the City Council took steps Tuesday to create a commission tasked with marketing Los Angeles to filmmakers.
With its 13-0 vote, the council directed the Chief Legislative Office to research how a film commission would operate and be financed.
"The loss of productions to other states is no longer a trickling effect; it is a crisis," said Pamm Fair, chairwoman of FilmLA, the nonprofit agency that coordinates film permits.
"We are talking about 300,000 clean, good-paying jobs that we are losing. And we are not only losing the jobs," she said. "We are losing the people, who are relocating to other states."
The film commission is the latest effort to stem runaway production, which has resulted in TV and movie work heading to Canada and overseas. Officials say local film production has dropped by more than half since 1996.
"This is intended to fill a gap," said Councilman Richard Alarc n, who proposed creating the agency.
"It is needed, because we need to market the film industry in a way that we can compete with cities that are developing their own film industry and taking production away from us."
Alarc n said he sees the commission as complementing FilmLA by working with the industry and studying efforts by other cities and states to lure filming to their locales.
Council President Eric Garcetti suggested the new panel include the hiring of a film czar, who would work as a liaison with city agencies and officials to deal with problems as they develop - whether it is with neighborhood complaints or the need for changes in city regulations.
"We need to have someone here to work with FilmLA, and to serve as an advocate for the industry," Garcetti said. "We need someone who has a powerful voice to advocate for the industry and make sure it comes back here where it started."
Councilman Tom LaBonge said the panel should also look beyond the city borders.
"This is not just in Hollywood," LaBonge said. "We have people living throughout the region who could be working in the industry if we had the jobs here."
Paul Audley, executive director of FilmLA, urged the council to enact the proposal, saying he is prepared to work with it to help market Los Angeles to the industry.
"We serve as a partner to the city and will be a partner with this new commission," Audley said. "Merely by showing the interest of the city to the industry will be a key role in helping bring production back."
Garcetti said he believes the new commission can be filled with working and retired members of the industry and the unions most directly affected by production.