February 17, 2011
IN THIS ISSUE Senior Radio Players Feb. 23 Volunteer for KMRC Committee Voice Over Audition Technique Event Feb 28 Student Films Casting Call Freelance Tidbit Howard Keel Award Honorees
The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Conservatory Presents:
Voice Over Audition Technique Creating A Successful Audition Special Guest: Susan Farlik
Sound Recordings Code Ratified Union Reps Named MVPs
6 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 28 - RSVP TODAY!
Scholarships Special AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC Hours
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Don't Miss Chicago AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players Feb. 23 The War of the Worlds, directed by Guy Barile (Originally broadcast October 30, 1938, on the CBS Radio Network) This is the radio play that Time Magazine labeled "a textbook example of mass hysteria." Listeners who were tuned into the program from its beginning knew it was simply a compelling drama adapted from the H.G. Wells story; however, many of those who came in late believed the dramatized news bulletins, interviews with scientists and announcements from government offices were real-and some who lived in the Grover's Mill, N. J. area tried to run from what they believed was almost certain extinction by creatures from Mars. The AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players are proud to re-create the script that made America love, hate, and, most of all, become aware of a huge talent by the name of Orson Welles. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center , 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue) Everyone is welcome. Admission is free; however, seating is on a first come, first seated basis. Volunteers Needed Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee Would you like to be a part of the ongoing effort for the KMRC? This is your chance to put your ideas and energy to work. Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee. Current committee work is primarily in two areas: operations and fundraising. Operations include day-to-day planning, the scheduling of activities and teaching of classes. There is always much work to do. We need more volunteers in all areas. Think about how you can best help. Attend the
next KMRC Committee meeting at noon on Wednesday, February 23 at the KMRC, One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago IL 60611. To RSVP, please e-mail Kathy Byrne at email@example.com. The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Conservatory Presents: Voice Over Audition Technique - Creating A Successful Audition Special Guest: Susan Farlik 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 28 You're a proficient stage and on-camera actor. Have you ever thought that you might like to try doing voiceovers for radio and TV? Well, Susan Farlik, a top Chicago voice over agent with Grossman & Jack Talent, will reveal all the secrets of the trade. The evening includes a frank talk about the realities of the voice over business, what's expected of the actor at an audition, preparing the copy, your audience, mic technique, what you bring to the script, and much more. Volunteers will have an opportunity to prepare the copy and record a mock audition with Farlik as their agent. They'll receive expert direction from Farlik and have a chance to incorporate her feedback into their second read, followed by another evaluation. Radio and TV copy will be available, suitable for every voice type and situation for volunteers to choose from. Everyone will have a chance to ask questions. Even if you don't read, you can certainly benefit from her behind the scenes commentary and from observing the voice over audition process, while learning the specific skills needed to create a successful voice over audition. You must be an AFTRA, SAG or AEA member in good standing to attend. Space is limited. Call the office, (312) 573-8081, and register today! Student Films Casting Call We have received several casting calls for student films to be produced under SAG's Student Film Agreement. For more information, please visit KMRCChicago.com. Audition information is posted as it is received. Please check the site frequently for updates. Freelance Tidbit It is always difficult to remind AFTRA and SAG members that being on time and being prepared are two of the most important things you can do both on the job and at an audition. SAG Announces Dual Howard Keel Award Honorees for 2011 On February 9, Screen Actors Guild announced that actors Dan Fitzgerald of the Florida Branch and Will Lyman of the Boston Branch will be the co-recipients of the 3rd Annual Howard Keel Award for their significant contributions to the Guild. The Howard Keel Award is the highest honor given by the SAG Regional Branch Division, and will be presented in May at the annual Regional Branch Conference in Orlando, Fla. "I can't think of two finer examples of actor-activists serving in our Regional Branches today than Dan Fitzgerald and Will Lyman," said SAG 3rd Vice President David Hartley-Margolin, chair of the Regional Branch Division. "Their service exemplifies the contributions Howard Keel envisioned in his championing of a national union."
Named for the legendary actor-singer and former SAG president serving from 1958-59, the Howard Keel Award is annually presented to persons who make a significant contribution to the promotion of Screen Actors Guild and to the welfare and benefit of members in their Branch, or nationally, as part of the Regional Branch Division. Fern Persons of the Chicago Branch is a past honoree. Sound Recordings Code Extension Ratified AFTRA members who work in sound recordings have ratified an 18-month extension agreement to the 2007-2010 AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings. Voting by phone or Internet closed February 8, with affected members voting 99 percent in favor of approving the 2010-2011 extension to the Sound Recordings Code. The extension is retroactive to July 1, 2010, and runs until Dec. 31, 2011. The 18-month extension agreement includes: An increase in the record labels' contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds for both royalty and non-royalty artists, Improved communications between AFTRA and the record labels to inform newly signed royalty artists of their guaranteed health insurance benefits and AFTRA member services, Re-defining the length of a "side" or a recorded song from 3 Â˝ to 4 Â˝ minutes, which reflects the change in popular music since the original definition was placed in the Code in the 1950s. The creation of the AFTRA/Recording Industry Committee, which will meet throughout the year in both Los Angeles and New York to resolve contractual issues and discuss and make recommendations to matters affecting the operation and administration of the AFTRA Sound Code. The commencement of negotiations for a new Music Video Agreement, which will govern the employment of performers hired for music videos. Union Reps Named MVPs On Super Bowl Sunday, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers' team representative for the NFL Players Association, took home the Super Bowl MVP award. The same day New England Patriot alternate representative Tom Brady was named Offensive Player of the Year for the 2010 season. It is rare for two such high-profile players to serve as team representatives, but both Rodgers and Brady are strong supporters of the union. When he was introduced as the Packers' new team representative last October, Rodgers made it clear that the union is important to him and his teammates. He spoke out about how the prospect of a lockout in the 2011 season would hurt the community as well as the players. From the AFL-CIO "Each community with an NFL team stands to lose as much as $160 million if the team owners force a lockout next season. If the owners get away with the lockout, it could cost 150,000 jobs nationwide and have a ripple effect on how other workers across the country are treated, according to people who labor on the field and in the stadiums." Log on to the AFL-CIO Blog for more information. Scholarships Listed by application deadline CFL Scholarship Applications Available Now
Application deadline: March 1. The Chicago Federation of Labor will once again offer the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Awards to 10 graduating high school students who are members of union families. Five of the $2,000 awards are academic-based and five are random-drawing scholarships. Students may only submit applications for one of the two categories. Applications are available online at chicagolabor.org. The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund of the SAG Foundation Application deadline: March 15 The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund was created in 1973 in honor of the Guild's longtime executive secretary. Over the last 35 years, the Scholarship Fund has helped qualified Guild members and their children reach their educational potential by providing more than $6 million in scholarships for study at accredited institutions of higher learning. The number and amount of the awards to be given are determined annually. There are two types of scholarships: The standard scholarships are for eligible members and children of eligible members for college education. The transitional scholarships are designed to assist those experienced SAG members who need further education to change their careers, and who require financial assistance in order to obtain it. The awards apply only to accredited and licensed universities, colleges, junior colleges, adult specialty schools or trade/vocational schools. An application and complete guidelines are available at SAGFoundation.org. The George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation Application deadline: May 1 This fund was established to honor the key founder of the union, George Heller, and now memorializes him as well as many other AFTRA members and executives who cared about and contributed to the union. Scholarships are offered by the foundation to AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study in any field, including broadcast, journalism and labor relations or for professional training in the arts. Eligibility requires AFTRA membership in good standing for at least five years. The criteria for the limited number of scholarships available are academic excellence, financial need and acceptance/enrollment in a university, professional school or other accredited institution of higher education. Twelve to 15 scholarships, not subject to renewal, are currently awarded up to a maximum of $2,500 each. Complete guidelines and an application are available at AFTRA.org. Special AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC Hours The Chicago AFTRA/SAG office and the KMRC will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 18 and be closed on Monday, February 21 for Presidents' Day. In response to members' requests to stay informed, The Activator may include notice of rallies, pickets and other actions by unions and the labor movement that have not been sanctioned by the National or Chicago Board of Directors of AFTRA or SAG. This information is provided as a convenience. The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is
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