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Patrick Ortman
Re: Union Question
on Jan 11, 2011 at 6:34:14 pm

Agreed, Mark- but please be careful to make the distinction that being in SAG or AFTRA doesn't necessarily make one a professional. There's over 30,000 union actors in LA, and frankly a lot of them are pretty bad (of course, many are very good).

One can find excellent actors in SAG or AFTRA, and one can find excellent actors who are non-Union. But whoever one hires, I do strongly suggest that they take their craft seriously and have training (including on-camera) training under their belts.

Also, Taft-Hartleying a performer who isn't a union member to work on a union shoot isn't as big a deal as some people make it out to be. Finding the right performer for the role is the tough part.

Finally, just a thought- the agency is the signatory, not you. So, wouldn't they handle all of the paperwork and payment, etc.? In my limited experience with advertising agencies, that's how it worked.

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