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  1. JACKIE
    March 15, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

    Thank you Ajarae. This is definitely some valuable information I can share with others.

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  2. Dale Waddington
    March 15, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

    Ajarae, this is one of my favorite videos you have made to date. I will pass it on every time I get that same question. WELL DONE!

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  3. Ajarae Coleman
    March 16, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

    My pleasure, Jackie – thanks for watching!

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  4. Ajarae Coleman
    March 16, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

    Thanks so much, Dale!! I’m so glad you find it so helpful. Thanks for the support! :D:D:D

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  5. Georgia
    March 22, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

    Thanks for the information. Would you mind clarifying something about creating your new media contact in order to Taft Hartley and become SAG-e: apparently, SAG-Aftra are clamping down on these contracts in order to become SAG-e because apparently, this loophole has been taken advantage of. Do you know if this is correct? It would horrible if it were and I’m really hoping it’s not, otherwise becoming SAG-e will be a long distance dream. Many thanks in advance.

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  6. Ajarae Coleman
    March 24, 2016 @ 8:20 am

    HI, Georgia! Thanks for asking this. SAG called me yesterday, so this is top of mind for me (see my addendum to the original post after talking to SAG-AFTRA). SAG-AFTRA is “clamping down” and trying to make sure that no union performers are passed over for roles. As long as you follow the guidelines, and can justify your reasons for casting non-union professionals, you should be fine!

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  7. Shaunte Tabb
    April 9, 2016 @ 2:13 am

    Ajarae, you rock, girl! I loved how you took care of that phone call. Like a true BOSS! Thank you so much for all that you do for the actor community!

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  8. Anna
    April 12, 2016 @ 2:53 pm

    Hi, it´s the first time that I´m visiting your blog, thank you so much for all the inspiration and help that you are sharing with us! I have a question: If I create a new media contract for my project, how much is the fee I have to pay to taft-harley myself?
    And of course I have to have one SAG AFTRA actor in my project. Do you know if this actor can be SAG fi-core?
    Thank you so much for your help! And for all the great videos!

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  9. Ajarae Coleman
    April 19, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi, Anna! My pleasure. There is currently no fee to Taft-Hartley actors under the new media contract specifically. I don’t know whether your SAG actor can be fi-core. That is a great question to ask your SAG representative when you sign up as a signatory. Please let us know!

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  10. Ajarae Coleman
    April 19, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Thanks, girl! It’s my pleasure. Let’s catch up soon!

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  11. Anna
    April 20, 2016 @ 8:06 am

    Thank you Ajarae, I´ll let you know when I found it out!

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  12. Alexandra DeMaio
    May 16, 2016 @ 11:47 pm

    Hi Ajarae,

    I have a quick question about Taft-Hartley. I am trying to become SAG eligible for agents and managers. I watched your video on this and I have a quick question. Can you become SAG eligible by collecting 3 extra vouchers from any SAG-AFTRA project? Or does it have to be more specific than that? I’ve seen some breakdowns where its a Union project, but they are paying a non-union rate to extras. Does that still count? I worked on Magic City a while back as an extra which was a show for the Starz network which of course was Union, I am wondering if that counts.

    Thanks!

    Alex

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  13. Max C
    May 17, 2016 @ 1:05 am

    Hi Ajarae,

    I have a question about your awesome Taft-Harltey video. When you were creating your own Taft-Hartley production, did you have to purchase production liability insurance? It is just kind of expensive. Any possibility of having my actors waive liability? Does SAG accept anything like that because they do want a certificate. Thanks you!

    -Max

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  14. Ajarae Coleman
    June 1, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    Hey, Alexandra! You specifically have to collect 3 SAG-AFTRA background vouchers for that background project. If you are non-union, you are more likely to get non-union vouchers (and non-union pay). It happens sometime that non-union actors are given union vouchers (for various reasons), but it’s certainly not the most reliable way to gain union eligibility, in my opinion. Good luck! Keep us posted.

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  15. Ajarae Coleman
    June 1, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

    That’s a great question for your SAG rep, Max! I honestly am not sure whether they would accept a waiver of liability, though I will say that when I created my production, we purchased insurance. We had a lot of expensive equipment that we were borrowing, and we were doing stunts! It was imperative that we protected ourselves and our actors. If you do end up needing to purchase insurance, get creative with ways to pay for it. You could always raise a bit of money… Good luck, and let me know what happens with your project! Very exciting!

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  16. Jordana
    March 12, 2018 @ 9:39 am

    Thank you so much for the information! What company did you purchase insurance through? When filling out estimates with Film Emporium, the numbers get very confusing and it’s difficult to make an accurate estimate without a representative from an insurance company guiding me through it. Wondering if you have any recommendations for small brokers/insurance companies who will be affordable, reliable and helpful in aiding with the insurance purchase process! Thank you!!

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    • Ajarae Coleman
      March 12, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

      Hi Jordana!
      Stay posted, we may have something coming up in a future #GuruTips with a great resource list! 😉

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