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  1. Cailin McDonald
    May 16, 2017 @ 10:11 pm

    Hi, Ajarae,

    Unfortunately, SAG-AFTRA has created yet another distinction without a difference here. People can still easily use this contract to join SAG-AFTRA before they have the resume and contacts to survive in the industry. Then, we end up with even more SAG-AFTRA members working off the card, and complaining about it all the while.

    Thanks for the update!


  2. Jay
    May 19, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

    I’m currently producing a new media low-budget film and according the SAG-AFTRA provisions it states:
    “Producer is not required to give preference of employment to professional performers when casting roles for the Program or Episodic Series, nor will the Union Security provision of the Basic Agreement be applicable to the employment of non-professionals or qualify a non-professional for membership in SAG-AFTRA”

    You said in the video that you can still be eligible to join by taking the employment contract for the principle role, my question is does it not matter that it states that a non-professional/non-union actor hired to perform under the agreement will not qualify for membership in SAG-AFTRA?


    • Amanda La Trobe
      October 30, 2018 @ 10:23 pm

      I want to know the answer to this too!


  3. Steve Albany
    June 26, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

    So even actors who are ready to join SAG can no longer do so unless they 1. play the voucher lotto or 2. somehow get a SAG only role (while Non-SAG) that the director will have to pay for. Back to the Catch-22 then…


  4. AC
    July 6, 2017 @ 12:44 am

    Hi thank you for the info. Wish I found this post weeks ago! Is there an official place we can get info on joining the union after being in a SAG-AFTRA New Media production? And is there a timeframe to do this? Thank you!!


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