Q and A: Do You Need to be SAG or AFTRA?

Since writing this post, SAG and AFTRA have merged into SAG-AFTRA.  It’s one union…

Q: [Our son] has been doing some work as an extra and we have been asked if we are members of SAG of AFTRA. Do you recommend one and do you need to be a member of both to be able to work on a SAG project or AFTRA?

A: To simplify as best I can: if a production is signed under a union agreement, you need to be part of the union to work on that production.

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7 Simple Ways for Actors to Jumpstart Momentum

  1. Set a new goal. Choose an action you can take that you are in control of, and can work towards…big or small.  And then begin.
  2. Read.  Read plays, novels, short stories, the newspaper…acting is storytelling.  Let yourself be affected and inspired by stories and how they are told.
  3. Watch a movie…but watch it with intention.  Don’t just veg out in front of the TV.  Is there an actor you like?  A character you’d like to play?  Study the performances; develop a critical eye…what did you like, and why? Continue reading

Adam Hill and Brad Garrett – “Stages”

Ladies and gentlemen…here is the first teaser for Stages, an educational documentary, coming soon.

A little history: working on “Stages” was the spark that eventually led to this website.  The 3 founding members of StageSuccess.com are also the team behind the film: Michael Schreiber, producer; David Stott, director; and Adam Hill…

23 Benefits of Taking Acting Classes (and Commentary)

23 benefits of taking acting classes:

1. They give you a base to work from…

2. They give you a solid technique that you can fall back on and recreate time after time in different situations…

3. They will help you to be able to access your emotions…

4. They will help you to see where you need to improve… Continue reading