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Issue: #22 IN THIS ISSUE Annual Blood Drive

Oct. 26, 2012

There is still time to register!

New Member Orientation Working on Low-Budget Films Arise Chicago SAG Awards Wednesday's Child

SAG-AFTRA Chicago Annual Blood Drive Monday, Oct. 29 at the KMRC 1 East Erie, Suite 660

Freelance Tidbit SAG-AFTRA Offers Holiday Schedule

Details below!

SAG-AFTRA Chicago Annual Blood Drive Monday, Oct. 29 at the KMRC 1 East Erie, Suite 660 Donate Blood: Noon - 6 p.m. Free Flu Shots: Noon - 2 p.m. Thank you to The Actors Fund! Donors will receive a 10-minute HEADSHOT SESSION with Lila of Lila M. Stromer Photography. That's right, give a pint and walk out with a new headshot on disk for FREE! Your headshot session will be scheduled prior to your donating blood. Please contact Kathy Byrne at (312) 573-8081 or email to register. You must be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. There is no upper age limit and most medications do not disqualify you from donating. If you have any questions, call the LifeSource Medical Help Desk at (877) 543-3768. We will also have the KMRC's computers up and running so you can join the secretary of state's Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Annually, 8,000 Americans needlessly die due to too few donated organs. You don't need to wait until the blood drive to sign up. Become an organ or tissue donor today at Life Goes On. Please note that nothing herein constitutes or is intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company participating in this event. 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. VERY IMPORTANT: Tickets are available for CASH ONLY. Please come prepared or you will need to pay full price to exit the garage The KMRC will be closed to other uses during this event.

New Member Orientation, Tuesday, Nov. 6 New members represent the future for SAG-AFTRA. The stronger they are, the stronger our union and all members are. The goal of the New Members Subcommittee of SAG-AFTRA Chicago's Community Outreach, Community Organizing (COCO) committee is to get new members actively involved in our union - volunteering, voting and learning - as early as possible. The New Member Orientation event is just one part of the process. Topics covered include every step involved in the union experience - from initiation fees and the dues structure to the correct way to execute member reports and contracts. Other areas include agents and commissions, casting directors, resolving claims, health coverage, set demeanor, committees, staff, etc. New member orientations are not just for new members! Whether you joined yesterday or have been a longtime member, all members in good standing are welcome. Plan now to attend the next New Membership Orientation and stay informed. The next orientation is at noon Tuesday, Nov. 6. Please call the SAG-AFTRA Chicago office, (312) 573-8081, or email Natasha Beals at to reserve your spot. Park for $10 at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, and 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. Everything you Wanted to Know about Working on Low-Budget Films, but were Afraid to Ask 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC) 1 E. Erie, Suite 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Are you and a bunch of your friends getting together and making short films? Webisodes? Spec TV Pilots? Didn't think you needed to worry about being under contract? Well... This is your chance to ask all of your questions about working in low-budget films. And, you'll probably get the answers to some questions you haven't even thought of yet. Remember: As a SAG-AFTRA member, you need to be under contract for all work that you do. This includes student films, your best friend's pet project, and your self-produced short film and "no-budget" features. Find out what to expect on set and how these films differ from the studio features and episodic television shows that you are used to. Learn where to find out about these auditions and how to flip a non-union film to a SAG-AFTRA-covered project! Ever wonder how to properly fill out a time sheet; how, where and when to sign your employment contract; or how to negotiate on your behalf? This is the workshop for you! Space is limited. RSVP to Kathy Byrne at Park for $10 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.

Arise Chicago Annual Faith-Labor-Action Breakfast When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 7:30 a.m. Networking Reception 8 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Program Where: Operating Engineers Local 399 2260 S. Grove Ave., Chicago (1/2 block west of Canal, one block south of Cermak, free parking)

Visionary Leader Award and Keynote Speaker Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steel Workers Prophetic Leadership Award Ahmed Rehab, Council on American-Islamic Relations Faithful Leadership Award Senator Kimberly Lightford, State of Illinois Inspirational Leadership Award Stand Up! Chicago, E.J. Serrano, Chairperson Lisa Parker, NBC 5 Chicago News Anchor and SAG-AFTRA member, will emcee. Tickets are $75 and available online at

Don't Miss Out on the SAG Awards The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards速 will be here soon, and SAG-AFTRA members will choose the honorees. Pay your November dues bill to be eligible for SAG Awards voting and any "for your consideration" offers. Register at for Screen Actors Guild Awards updates and screening invitations.

SAG Awards Screening Party Save the date, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2012. A Chicago viewing party is in the works. Watch future issues of The Activator for details.

Wednesday's Child Wins Illinois Film Office Fifth Annual Shortcuts Competition The Illinois Film Office (IFO) selected Potenza Productions' Wednesday's Child, directed by Rocco Cataldo and produced by Mary Kay Cook, as the winner of this year's Shortcuts, Illinois' short film contest. "This year's films showcased great acting, directing and storytelling," said IFO Managing Director Betsy Steinberg. "We are thrilled that in its fifth year, Shortcuts entries were up 46 percent." Wednesday's Child is a dark comedy in which a young girl's plans to teach her parents a lesson goes horribly awry. The film stars Meredith Droeger, Kara Zeidker, Kirk Anderson and David Kovac. The short screened at the Chicago International City and State Shorts Program at Chicago International Film Festival earlier this month. It will also be shown at the upcoming Austin Film Festival and previously won two top awards at the Elgin Short Film Festival and screened at the D.C. Shorts Film Festival.

Freelance Tidbit Hey actors, when you go on an audition and especially when you go for a callback, please remember to bring your headshot with you! You should always have one or two headshots with you everywhere you go. You never know whom you may encounter.

SAG-AFTRA Offers Members, Franchised Agents Access to Competitive Health, Life, Home and Auto Insurance SAG-AFTRA has negotiated a contract specifically designed for SAG-AFTRA members and franchised talent agents nationwide. These products are being made available in order to assist those seeking additional insurance or for members who do not currently qualify for either the SAGProducers Health Plan or AFTRA Health Plan. In conjunction with Marsh U.S. Consumer, a broker and administrator of affinity insurance and membership programs, SAG-AFTRA has launched a new user-friendly "Health Mart" website that empowers members and franchised agents to access a multitude of competitive health care options with major insurers. SAG-AFTRA's agreement with Marsh, which operates a U.S.-only call support center, provides insurance opportunities in many areas, including health, Medicare supplement, dental, home, auto, life and long-term care. "In light of hardships caused by rising health care costs, we are excited about providing this onestop online shop for health insurance options that we believe will prove beneficial to our members and to agents." said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White. SAG-AFTRA members can learn more about available insurance options online by logging in to their member account at Holiday Schedule for Office and KMRC Monday, Nov. 12 SAG-AFTRA Office and KMRC closed, Veterans 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 SAG-AFTRA. 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 SAG-AFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. SAG-AFTRA makes no warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. SAG-AFTRA Chicago: (312) 573-8081 Hotline: (312) 867-3710 Email: WEBSITE

Activator - 10-26-2012  

Activator - 10-26-2012