SAG-AFTRA Settles on New Structure

SAG-AFTRA’s national board took up some pressing housekeeping business at the Sheraton Universal Hotel this weekend in Los Angeles, including an organizational shakeup and lingering merger issues. The union has been in the process of consolidating its staff following...

Cloud Atlas – Movie Review

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is one of those critically acclaimed novels that are deemed to be unfilmable. Somehow, Andy and Lana Wachowski (the Matrix series), together with Tom Tykwer (The International) manages to make a mostly-coherent epic out of it. I...

6 Tips for a Successful Self-Taped Audition

Whether you’re out of town, on another job (yay!), or the casting director simply has no time to see you, self-taping can be a great way to be considered for a role that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to audition for. Sadly, many of the self-tapes that I receive are...

16 Reasons You’re Stuck Doing Background Work

Do you have that extra smell? I certainly hope not. For the sake of your career’s success and its longevity, I trust that if you engage in extra employment as an actor, that you’re doing so for the enjoyment of being on set with fellow actors, networking, and/or for...

Why SAG-AFTRA’s User Agreement Makes Sense

Dear Michael: These two sections appear in the SAG-AFTRA website agreement that every member has to sign in order to use the website. 10. Rights in User Content. SAG-AFTRA does not claim ownership in any User Content. However, with respect to any User Content, you...

How to Make a Casting Director’s Day

What does it take to be an actor in an industry town? There are volumes on what it means to be creative. Let me add two more metaphors to the canon. To be an actor means to play in your own sandbox, on cue, under pressure, in front of a bunch of people who need to be...