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Issue: #23 IN THIS ISSUE AFTRA/SAG Singers Hold Food Drive GLOSS OVER Real to Reel: Nov. 8

November 1, 2010

Real to Reel: From Stage to Film and Back Again Guest panel includes Ed Kross, Becca Spence and Cedric Young.

Presidents' Forum for One Union Video Skills Night Freelance Tidbit Seize the Day Revamp Playback GoodSearch

6 - 8 p.m. Monday, November 8 KMRC One East Erie, Suite 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Snacks will be served.

AFTRA Supplemental Health

Open to all AFTRA, SAG and Equity members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. AFTRA/SAG Singers Hold Food Drive The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Singers Committee is holding a food drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. From today through November 22, containers will be available at the AFTRA/SAG office and the KMRC for your contribution of non-perishable food items. Most-needed items include: whole grain, cereal, rice, pasta, beans pasta sauce mac and cheese peanut butter and jelly canned meat stew and soup canned vegetables and fruit shelf-stable milk Real people will benefit from your kindness. In Cook County, more than 500,000 people rely on food provided by the Food Depository. Last year, with the help of generous donors like you, the Food Depository distributed more than 46 million pounds of food through its network of 600 agencies. That's the equivalent of more than 95,000 meals per day, 365 days a year. Chicago Singer Spotlight at FitzGerald's As part of the drive, members of the Singers Committee are participating in the November 10

Chicago Singer Spotlight at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL 60402. Doors open at 7 p.m. They will be happy to collect your non-perishable food donation that night.

GLOSS OVER Performances to Benefit Deborah's Place

In partnership with Working Women's History Project, a 501(c)(3), Her Story Theater will present Gloss Over to benefit Deborah's Place, a provider of supportive housing for homeless women in Chicago.

GLOSS OVER concerns itself with the plight of homeless women. The monologues and stories

are based on interviews with Chicago homeless women of Deborah's Place. Life on the street, life in a car, life in a shelter...a journey into how a woman becomes homeless. The losses, the victories, the haunting refrains are captured in this very moving and unique theater piece. Set in an actual working beauty salon and spa, homeless women share their stories as they are "beautified" by beauty experts. Described as funny, tragic, brutal, truthful and enlightening, GLOSS OVER is an original and first production for Her Story Theater. Performance Details Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 7 at 3 p.m. Salon Echo, 1134 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60660. Free parking is available. For tickets and more information, please go to Her Story Theater. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, or $25 and $15, respectively, at the door. Appetizers and wine are included.

Real to Reel: From Stage to Film and Back Again 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, November 8 KMRC One East Erie, Suite 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Snacks will be served. AFTRA, SAG and Equity are invited to a lively panel discussion about moving from on to off camera work--or vice versa. The panel will address acting technique, resume/headshot choices, audition prep, use of new media in casting, and much more. How do things differ from live theatre to film and commercial work? How does an actor with experience in one but not the other get a job? There will be ample time for questions, as well as some prepared info from our panelists. Open to all AFTRA, SAG and Equity members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA Presidents' Forum for One Union Meets in Los Angeles Representatives of the AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild Presidents' Forum for One Union met on October 21 to begin joint discussions about uniting to form a single union. Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA representatives attending the meeting included SAG National

President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon and member representatives of both unions from across the country. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and SAG National Executive Director David White also attended. The Presidents' Forum met for nearly three hours and discussed the strong and growing desire of both unions' memberships to form one union. The group also reviewed possible parameters for future discussions and committed to hearing from a wide array of member groups in both unions about their specific needs and concerns. The forum also discussed the benefits of retaining an independent facilitator to help develop a process and timeline. Showcase YOUR Special Skills on Video Is your resume full of special skills that make you a very unique performer? Want to be able to prove you can juggle, or speak French, or deliver a monologue, or play the violin? Using the equipment in the video studio at the KMRC, SAG member and center volunteer Laura Penn will help you videotape your special skills from the bottom of your resume AND teach you how to add the video clips to your website, iActor, YouTube, plus numerous other casting websites of your choice. All for FREE! Bring your jokes, monologues, instruments and ALL the skills you want on video to: KMRC (Kaufherr Members Resource Center) One East Erie, Suite 660 (just down the hall from the A/S office) Chicago, IL 60611 Special Skills Workshop 5 - 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (Upcoming: November 18 and December 16) Showcase your talents to get more auditions and achieve your goals!

Work the perk! The Special Skills Workshop-like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming-are a benefit of your union membership and offered to all AFTRA and SAG members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. Freelance Tidbit Whenever you call with a question regarding payment, be sure to know the signatory because production reports are filed based on the signatory. Seize the Day - Learn How to Market Yourself with Tony Castillo, Craig J. Harris, Joe Wright and Cedric Young Saturday, December 4, 2010 Have you ever thought about who ultimately is responsible for marketing you as a performer? The thought might be, "my agent." The reality is, it is you. Join Tony Castillo, Craig Harris, Joe Wright and Cedric Young on Saturday December 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kaufherr Members Resource Center.

They will address these and many more marketing questions you may have, including: Is being an actor or singer really a business? If so, what can I do to get more business? What should my headshot or demo CD say about me, and what can I do to make sure it does? What can I do to get casting directors to know about me and remember me? What Internet tools are available to assist me and get more exposure in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and even Vancouver? Why iActor? Seize the Day 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, December 4 Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660 A continental breakfast and a light lunch will be served. Call the union office at (312) 573-8081 or e-mail to register. Please include your membership number. You must be a current AFTRA or SAG member to attend. Help Give Playback a New Look and Focus! Do you have a background in graphic arts, layout or design? Or maybe you have newsletter experience, can write copy or have a great idea for a column or content for Playback, AFTRA/SAG Chicago's print newsletter. A committee is forming to revamp Playback. Please e-mail Linda Swenson at to volunteer or to share an idea or suggestion. Search the Internet, Help the AFTRA and SAG Foundations! What if the Screen Actors Guild Foundation or the AFTRA Foundation earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Well, now they can! is a search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. Just go to and be sure to enter the AFTRA Foundation or Screen Actors Guild Foundation as the charity you want to support. Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise about $7,300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! You don't have to be an AFTRA or SAG member to participate, so spread the word! AFTRA Health Qualifiers: Enrollment Open for Supplemental Dental and Vision Plan Group Benefit Associates has announced an increased annual maximum benefit to $1,500 per person annually for AFTRA members and their eligible dependents enrolled in the Supplemental Dental and Vision plan. Not in the plan yet? Open enrollment for AFTRA Health qualifiers is available until Dec. 31, 2010. No late entry penalties apply. This is an exciting opportunity to purchase these benefits and receive enhanced dental and vision coverage. The higher maximum allows you to receive more valuable treatments to stay healthy! This supplemental plan provides coverage for Type II and Type III dental services, such as fillings, crowns and root canals. Orthodontia is not included. In addition, this plan includes a vision benefit program through the Vision Service Plan network of providers.

This supplemental plan is sponsored by AFTRA as part of its continuing effort to provide members access to coverage choices. It is not sponsored by the AFTRA H&R Funds and is not administered by the AFTRA H&R Fund Office. Please do not contact the AFTRA H&R Fund Office regarding this plan; direct all inquiries to the Group Benefit Associates Enrollment Hotline, (800) 569-5319, or visit Special AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC Hours The Chicago AFTRA/SAG office and the KMRC will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for 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 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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