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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
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Hi Tony!
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Tony,
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Unions for Actors
& Other Entertainment Industry Professionals

Unions for Actors

One of the most-asked questions among new and aspiring actors is "How can I join one of the unions?" In my experience, one of the main reasons that question is asked is that, is because it is believed that once you are in a union you can get more acting work. That is not necessarily true. In fact, joining a union too soon can actually be detrimental to an acting career start-up. Talent agent and personal manager. You see, the unions are filled with lots of, not only, full-time working actors. That means they make their living from acting. To do that means that you have to work frequently.

And to work frequently as an actor you have to be known so that casting directors will continue to call you in for acting auditions. If you keep booking jobs, it's because producers and directors love your work. OK, so what does that have to do with joining any of the unions for actors? Everything, especially if you have little or no experience. The myth is that if you join a union, you'll get more acting work. If you have little or no experience acting, the very oposite could be true. I often talk about how important it is to do your research. If you do, you'll know that there are two kinds of acting role basically:

Union: These kinds of roles are open to actors who are union members and to actors who are not part of the unions, but who could receive a waiver to become a member if selected for a unione role.

Non-Union: These acting roles are open exclusively to actors who are not a member of an actor union. Union actors may not submit, audition for or take on these kinds of roles.

So, knowing that basic piece of information should tell you something very important that you need to know about joining any of the unions for actors. And so I'll get to the point. If you join an actor union just know that you will be competing for roles against very experienced actors. If you don't have much experience and haven't yet mastered the craft of acting, you risk not working very much at all, because your level of expertise isn't very high and able to beat out your competition! If on the other hand you stay non-union for as long as possible, you will be able to compete for both non-union as well as union roles, which increases your chances for getting acting jobs! Think about it.

My talent manager and agent Ingrid French explains all this and more and very eloquently I might add in an interview I did with her recently.

The following is a list of unions for actors in the big five acting countries in the world:

India

USA: SAG, AFTRA, AEA

UK

Canada

Australia

Attention: Before you look to join a union, please do yourself a favor and make sure you are ready to get an agent.

Here are some things to think about:

1. Having an agent will tremendously enhance your ability to get acting work whether you are member of an actors unione or not. However, before you go looking for a talent agent, know what they look for in an actor.

2. Knowing the business side of the acting world is so important. It will help you to get more acting work, more often!

3. One mistake new and aspiring actors make is that many believe that they should get an agent first and then the agent will send them to school. WRONG!Get acting training first before looking to get into one of the unions for actors!

4. Many new and aspiring actors just simply don't know what to do to get started. It all starts with research.

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