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About SAG: The Screen Actors' Guild

SAG: Screen Actors’ Guild

Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors and stands to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits. This union represents actors who work in motion pictures, television, commercials, industrials, video games, Internet and all new media formats.

Screen Actors Guild represents its members through:

  • Negotiation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements
  • The collection of compensation
  • The preservation and expansion of work opportunities
  • Offers workshops through the its conservatory

See this union's official website for more information regarding:
Agents, Child Actors, Film Society, How to Change Address/ Phone Number
Movie Access, Background Actors, Commercials/Infomercials, Dancers, Industrial/Educational/Interactive, Music Videos, Residual Payment Info Center,
Singers, Stunt & Safety Representative, Television, Theatrical Motion Pictures, Affirmative Action/Skills Bank, Agency Relations and the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Contact the Screen Actors Guild
(See the website www.sag.org for more contact information listed state by state)

Hollywood
Address: 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600

New York Division
Address: 360 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10017

Join the Screen Actors Guild

Membership is often a major milestone in an actor’s career so performers are eligible to join Screen Actors Guild after working on a film supported by this union in a principal role, gaining "Taft Hartley" status 15 days after the first day of work - or meeting background entry requirements.

Performers who are not U.S. citizens, performers who do not have social security numbers, and performers seeking eligibility through membership in an affiliated union must call the Guild. Contact phone numbers are to be found on the official website.

Check eligibility online at http://www.sag.org/content/eligibility-check

How much does it cost?

  • Dues are based on a sliding scale and are calculated on an annual basis with the amount determined by how much you earn under Screen Actors Guild contracts.
  •  Each member of this union pays annual base dues of $116.00. In addition members pay 1.85% of all individual earnings under Screen Actors Guild contracts between $1 and $200,000; and 0.5% of earnings from $200,001 through $500,000; plus 0.25% of earnings from $500,001 to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Independent filmmakers may want to check out:
http://www.sagindie.org/

Just because a studio doesn’t produce your film doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent and professional standards.

If you are new to the acting business, have a look at some things that you can do and that can help you get into sag.

There is such a thing as joining unions too soon. Read this interview with a New York agent who talks about when the right time to join is.

Have a look at this video: The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It.

Being a successful Screen Actors Guild actor will depend largely on your ability to get acting work. On our library page, you will find acting career books that can help you understand how to make that happen for yourself.

 

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