Nearly a year after the SAG-AFTRA merger, membership interest is still alive, as well as discussion regarding changes to actor casting, pay rates, residuals, and multiple other union membership benefits. What started in the 1930s as a way to make sure that actors and other entertainment industry professionals were treated with respect, a reasonable work environment, and livable wages has blossomed into far more.
Aaron Marcus is a 26 year veteran in the entertainment industry and an author. He also has professional teaching credits and has developed multiple workshops which are often used by fellow industry professionals. A few of his impressive entertainment industry credits include work with well-known names such as Coca Cola, AT&T, McDonalds, Proctor & Gamble, Disney World, Law and Order, Life on the Street, Cry Baby, West Wing, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, The Wall Street Journal and N.Y. Times to name just a few. His book, How to Become a Successful Commercial Model, is available on Amazon and could easily serve as a guide to someone working to break into that industry, as well as someone seeking the next step in their career.
His most recent on-line workshop addresses the SAG-AFTRA merger and details how actors and other entertainment industry professionals are being impacted. It also includes the valuable insights of James Sheridan, owner of Production Payroll Services, who provides the payroll services for SAG-AFTRA as well as other clients.
The workshop does an excellent job of providing information that is simple enough to be easily understood by new actors, yet detailed enough to be beneficial to seasoned actors. In addition, it also includes some information useful to theater actors, singers and musicians.
Gaining union membership under the merger has changed and this issue is addressed, as well as the three best ways to become a SAG-AFTRA union member. The Aaron Marcus SAG-AFTRA workshop also offers insights into topics such as recognizing when seeking union membership is the next logical step in an actor’s career, vouchers, pay rates, and residual structure. There is also quite a bit of detail on the various options available to actors for getting work in the field, and some of the areas discussed include TV commercials, training/industrial films, TV programs, independent films, and Hollywood movies.
The Aaron Marcus SAG-AFTRA workshop is just shy of two hours and gets particularly in-depth in the areas of pay rates, residual structures and how the digital age has changed the way that these items impact an actor’s pay. Whether the SAG-AFTRA workshop is being viewed by someone just exploring acting as a profession, or by someone or who is looking for insight into what their next step should be in their career, watching this comprehensive workshop with a pad of paper and pen in hand is highly recommended.
For more information about Aaron Marcus and his on-line workshops, please visit http://www.howtoactandmodel. com/ActorsUnion
Please Note: Aaron Marcus and his workshops are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by SAG-AFTRA. This workshop is for entertainment only, is not designed to give legal advice, and is NOT associated with the SAG-AFTRA Actors Union. The opinions in the workshop are that of Aaron Marcus and James Sheridan and should not be considered the opinions of SAG-AFTRA or its affiliates.