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All Actors, One Union

Posted on: August 3rd, 2010 by wmapother 4 Comments

Almost all actors know this, but most non-actors don’t:  There are two unions for on-screen actors:  SAG and AFTRA.  This is unique among in Hollywood.  All screenwriters–one union; all directors–one union; all drivers-one union; etc., etc.

The reason why actors are split between two unions is not, unfortunately, as simple (or as fun) as cracking jokes about our not being able to govern ourselves.  The solution, however, is a heckuva lot simpler:  We must gather all actors into one union to maximize our power and independence.
A union increases its members’ strength through their solidarity.  Without that, there’s little point in gathering under the same roof (except for the parties).  To cite the motto of the great state of Kentucky:  United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
Posted in Acting Projects, Acting Tips & Info, Louisville & KY

4 Responses

  1. Rosella W says:

    I've always known about SAG, but it seems I've only recently heard about AFTRA. Why is that?

  2. Andrea says:

    unity is strength

  3. Roberta says:

    artists are a very united class,i admire that!

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