"The beauty about us being actors in 2011 is the emergence of New Media. You can become SAG Eligible by doing a SAG-approved web series, and they will Taft Hartley you if you are a principle performer. That’s how I achieved my eligibility. Essentially this means you can take the power into your own hands! Produce your own web series, cast at least 1 current SAG actor and then fill out the necessary 'SAG New Media Agreement' paperwork. It takes effort, but it's worth it. And when the time comes, take it from me, nothing beats the feeling of being on the receiving end of this:
Congratulations! Your recent employment as a [principal/background] performer qualifies you for membership in Screen Actors Guild, the most distinguished performers union in the world.”
I did not know this. Joining SAG is something I've always hoped to do one day, but like Actor's Equity (the stage union) it's hard to do. They're both designed so you can't get into them unless you find your way into a project or role that's supposed to be done by a union member.
Maybe I should be excited to learn that SAG has thrown their legitimacy behind web-series, but really I'm just bursting to think that I can join now on my own terms. HA!
When the time comes to join, I can do it my own way. And that thought alone makes me so happy right now.
Thank you all for reading, I'll see you in print.