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Issue: #10 IN THIS ISSUE Red Hot Headshot Event May 7 Sundance Institute Presents ShortsLab: Chicago. Audio and Video Training at the KMRC

May 2, 2011

Red Hot Headshot Event

Freelance Tidbit Surf the Internet, Check Your Work The Conservatory and KMRC Present Film Auditioning with Paskal Rudnicke Casting

May 7 (details below)

Red Hot Headshot Event May 7 Get your new headshots taken now! 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7 Cost: $85, $135 or $185 depending on your choices. Appointments fill fast. To schedule, call Kathy Byrne at the AFTRA/SAG office, (312) 573-8081. Option 1: At photographer's studio, select Aaron Gang or James Banasiak. Aaron Gang, 1016 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60622 See samples of Aaron's work at Aaron Gang Photography. James Banasiak, 400 N. Racine, #217, Chicago, IL 60642 See samples of James' work at JB Headshots. With either photographer, you'll get one look, one lighting set-up, one background and 30 minutes maximum shoot time. Bring clothing options for one change, if necessary and/or time permits. Included: 40-80 shots on a disc, 72 dpi One retouched 8x10 with frame and name, chosen and emailed within 72 hours.

Required: $35 deposit check, $100 cash at photo shoot, total $135. Option 2: At the KMRC, Marvin of Cinergy Studios Address: One East Erie St., Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 See samples of Cinergy Studios' work at Cinergy Studios Chicago. It's Cinergy's policy that if you don't like any of the photos, you don't have to pay. Details available online. As above, one look, one lighting set-up, one background and 30 minutes maximum shoot time. Included: 40-80 shots on a disc, 72 dpi One retouched 8x10 with frame and name, chosen and emailed within 72 hours. Bring your computers or use KMRC's to pick out your favorites right away. Required: $35 deposit check, $50 cash at photo shoot, total $85. Option 3: Have a professional makeup artist prepare you for your shoot. Add a session with makeup artist Tricia Grennan to any of the photographer options. Tricia will be set up in the KMRC to do your makeup. Required: $25 deposit check, $25 cash at session, total $50. Deposit Once you have scheduled your appointment, a check for $35 (made payable to the photographer) is required. If you have scheduled an appointment with the makeup artist, a deposit check for $25 (made payable to Tricia Grennan) is also required. Checks can be mailed to, or dropped off at, Chicago AFTRA/SAG, One East Erie, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60611, Attention: Kathy Byrne. Checks must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 2 to hold your spot. If you must cancel your photo or makeup session, you must do so no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5 or your deposit will not be refunded. Bring the balance in cash to the session. No checks, no credit cards on the day of the event. Only Cinergy Studios has a reshoot policy. AFTRA/SAG and the KMRC have no relationship with the photographers or studios and are not liable or responsible for funds. The products and services listed herein are provided as an informational service to AFTRA and SAG members and are administered by entities independent of AFTRA and SAG. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by AFTRA or SAG nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Sundance Institute Presents ShortsLab: Chicago Sundance Institute invites filmmakers to participate in ShortsLab: Chicago, a three-part, all-day educational workshop. This full day of Sundance-organized seminars, screenings and panels offers filmmakers firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. Chicago SAG branch president Ilyssa Fradin is part of the 1:30 p.m. panel talking about production. Ilyssa will focus on working with SAG actors and SAG contracts.

ShortsLab: Chicago May 7, 2011 All-day workshop, $150 Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 For more information or to register, visit

Audio and Video Training at the KMRC So you know about the KMRC and all that it has to offer, right? The computers, schmooze room, lounge area and the script/tape library are all pretty easy to use and available to any member while the KMRC is open. To use the video studio and audio studio, you must attend a training class. This is great equipment. We just want to make sure you know how to use it properly. Training is offered on the first Wednesday of the month, from 5 to 9 p.m. The class covers the basics of using Sound Forge and basic recording techniques in the audio studio and a brief introduction to the video studio. A more advanced video studio class is also offered. Please stop by, call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 or email Latisha Wagner at to sign-up. Reservations are required. Additional times may be available by prior arrangement. A variety of other training sessions and seminars are available from time to time and are announced in The Activator and on the hotline at (312) 867-3710. You must be a member of AFTRA, SAG or AEA to use the center. The KMRC is open: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Don't forget, the KMRC observes all AFTRA and SAG holidays. Freelance Tidbit Hey AFTRA and SAG members: Is your passport current? You never know when you might be booked for work out of the country. Make sure your passport is up to date so you are ready to go! Surf the Internet, Check Your Work With the increase in use of commercials and industrials on the Internet, members may want to take a look at the websites of products/industrials in which they have appeared - or voiced. Take a look at the sites to verify that your work is being used in accordance with your permission and/or payment received. If you find a problem, contact your agent so they can initiate the collection process. If the commercial/industrial is downloadable, it's very helpful to take a minute to download. Then you will also have something for your personal demo or your agency's demo. Don't forget, all AFTRA and SAG members have free high-speed Internet access at the Kaufherr Members Resource Center. The KMRC is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and until 5 on Monday and Friday. Call (312) 573-8081 for more information.

The Conservatory and KMRC Present Film Auditioning with Paskal Rudnicke Casting The pros at Paskal Rudnicke Casting will share advice and tips for successful film auditions. 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, June 6 KMRC, One East Erie Suite 660, Chicago, Ill. 60611 Call the AFTRA/SAG office to RSVP, (312) 573-8081, or email Latisha Wagner at Please include your membership number. Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only. Work the perk! Film Auditioning, like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming, is a benefit of your union membership and is offered to all AFTRA, SAG and AEA members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. 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 provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by the Guild or AFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. Neither the Guild nor AFTRA makes any warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. AFTRA/SAG Chicago: (312) 573-8081 Hot line: (312) 867-3710 E-mail: WEBSITES and


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