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Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local

IN THIS ISSUE

September 18, 2015

SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Presents

New Member Orientation Spanish Language Budgets and Financial Planning Remembering Dick Moore Sr. Radio Players Oct. 19

Budgets and Financial Planning

A Call to Arts CCC Party Oct. 20

Monday, Sept. 28

Blood Drive Nov. 2 Alzheimer's Walk Sept. 27 Movie Tickets

Details below.

New Member Orientation, Monday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. New members represent the future for SAG-AFTRA. The more knowledgeable 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 committee is to educate, engage and empower professional performers from the moment they become union members. The new member orientation event is only one part of that 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 and a variety of member benefits. New member orientations are not just for new members. Whether you joined yesterday or 20 years ago, all members in good standing are welcome. Plan now to attend the next new membership orientation and stay informed. Monday, Sept. 21 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6 - 8 p.m. meeting Please call Kathy Nelsen at the SAG-AFTRA Chicago office, (312) 573-8081 ext. 2541, or email Kathy at kathy.nelsen@sagaftra.org to reserve your spot. Park 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 $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure.


The event is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing, no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. You must bring your current membership card for admittance (paid through Oct. 31, 2015). Una conversaci贸n: Oportunidades en espa帽ol A Conversation: Opportunities in Spanish Language What challenges do you face as a Hispanic actor? Are you looking to leverage your talents across several acting mediums (voice, non-broadcast, TV, theatrical, live theater)? Do you get hired primarily in one area, not the others, and ask yourself why? Share an evening with other actors who know. Learn what it takes. Join Tony Castillo (moderator), panelists Sandra Delgado and David Miranda (SAG-AFTRA members), along with Susie DeSantiago of DeSanti Talent, a SAG-AFTRA franchised agency, for a discussion on how to navigate the industry and put yourself in a better position to work. When: 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Where: KMRC 1 East Erie, Suite 650 Chicago, IL Hosted by the National Ethnic Employment Opportunity Committee and the Chicago Local's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, come join in the conversation about opportunities in Spanish language. All SAG-AFTRA members are welcome to join in a lively conversation about this very specialized, yet vital, part of SAG-AFTRA work. RSVP: Kathy Byrne at kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org Park 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 $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. The event is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing, no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. You must bring your current membership card for admittance (paid through Oct. 31, 2015). SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Presents Budgets and Financial Planning When was the last time you reviewed your budget? Do you even have a budget? Who's going to manage your savings and retirement accounts? Do you even have any savings or retirement accounts? How far out does your financial plan reach? Do you even have a financial plan? Sandra Karas, a SAG-AFTRA New York Local Board member, secretary-treasurer of AEA and director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will present a primer for those in the performing arts industry. Come to a free seminar and take the fear out of money matters. Learn how to become the master of your own financial destiny and take control of your fiscal life. You'll learn how managing your money can free your creative nature and enable greater success in your artistic career. When: 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 Where: KMRC, 1 East Erie Street, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 RSVP: Kathy Byrne at kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org


All SAG-AFTRA and Equity members welcome. Please bring your current membership card. Park 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 $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop. SAG-AFTRA Mourns the Passing of Dick Moore SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of former child star and AFTRA public relations consultant Dick Moore, who was married to screen star Jane Powell. He contributed to AFTRA's public relations and communications teams for more than three decades. Moore died on Sept. 7, less than a week from celebrating his 90th birthday. Moore was an indispensable asset to AFTRA for many years. His writing and no-nonsense approach to communications and public relations helped to speak on behalf of and better inform our members. John Richard "Dick" Moore was born on Sept. 12, 1925 in Los Angeles. His mother's chance meeting of a casting director led to his film debut a year later in The Beloved Rogue, portraying stage and film star John Barrymore as an infant. Moore joined Screen Actors Guild in 1937 and AFTRA in 1950. Known onscreen as "Dickie" Moore, he would appear in more than 100 films and television episodes before leaving acting in 1957. Continues on SAGAFTRA.org. SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players Perform on Oct. 19 On Monday, Oct. 19, the SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players will present an old-time radio show complete with commercials, recreating episodes from two classic programs: Boston Blackie and Baby Snooks. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Monday, Oct. 19 Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan) Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Call to Arts Join Us in Mentoring the Next Generation of Storytellers Every great artist is inevitably asked, "What are your influences? Who inspired you?" For the next generation of storytellers, the answer may be you. SAG-AFTRA and the American Film Institute have partnered with President Barack Obama and the White House to reach out to young people pursuing careers in the arts. In collaboration with industry colleagues and partner organizations, this national effort aims to generate more than a million hours of mentoring over the next three years. Your experience and insight are invaluable to the creative voices who will be the architects of tomorrow's culture. Maybe you're already volunteering to teach a class, hosting an intern or reading to children in school. All of this counts!


Join us in A Call to Arts today by registering and recording your mentoring hours at sagaftra.org/acalltoarts. If you have any questions or are interested in developing programs to help other Chicago members participate in A Call to Arts, please contact Linda Swenson at linda.swenson@sagaftra.org. SAG-AFTRA to Host Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party SAG-AFTRA is the host of the next Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party on Tuesday, Oct. 20. This is a monthly cocktail party dedicated to bringing members of the film, advertising and production communities together to network. Each event has reached capacity of about 200 attendees. It's a great opportunity to network with future employers and catch up with fellow SAG-AFTRA members. Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 Rockit Bar & Grill 22 West Hubbard Street , Chicago, IL Please take a moment to RSVP online and represent SAG-AFTRA. CCCP (Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party) is an informal alliance of area organizations dedicated to film, television, writing/publishing and new media production to promote engagement and collaboration between the host organizations and their respective members. CCCP networking events provide the members of these organizations - and the Chicago-area creative community in general - an opportunity to meet, greet and cross-pollinate. The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. 11th Annual Blood Drive with Free Headshots and Flu Shots On Monday, Nov. 2, the Kaufherr Members Resource Center will host the 11th annual SAG-AFTRA Chicago Blood Drive. The drive is open to SAG-AFTRA and AEA members, family and friends, agents and other industry pros, our labor brothers and sisters, and our neighbors in the building. It's a fun day with lots of surprises, treats and more. Everyone who donates blood will receive a certificate for a free headshot from a local photographer - see details in the next Activator - at a future date. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Those of us blessed with good health can share it through donating blood -- to enable a premature baby to live, a burn victim to recover, a cancer patient to be treated, an accident victim to survive or a transplant candidate to have a lifesaving surgery. If you have avoided donating blood because you don't like needles, try this: With your thumb and forefinger, pinch the skin on the inside of your elbow joint. Regular blood donors say that's a pretty good simulation of what it feels like when you give blood. Won't you just give it a try -- and then if you think somebody's life is worth putting up with a little pinch, we'd love to sign you up for the SAG-AFTRA Blood Drive.


The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life. You must be 17 years old 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. Other restrictions may apply. If you have questions, please call the LifeSource Medical Help Desk at (877) 543-3768 or visit the website. Noon to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2 KMRC 1 East Erie, Suite 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Free Flu Shots Again this year, thanks to The Actors Fund, the event also includes free seasonal flu shots. Shots will be available from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-shot basis. Please contact Kathy Byrne at (312) 867-5508 or email kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org to register for blood donation and/or flu shots. KMRC will be closed to other uses on Monday, Nov. 2. Park 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 $13 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Note: The FDA imposes a number of donor registration restrictions. These restrictions, followed by LifeSource, are solely the responsibility of the FDA and are not endorsed by SAG-AFTRA. The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied. Join the Actors & Artists Unite Team at the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer's When: Sunday, Sept. 27 Registration at 8 a.m., Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Walk at 10 a.m. Where: Montrose Harbor Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive, Chicago, IL For the third year, SAG-AFTRA members are invited to participate in the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer's. Join the Actors & Artists Unite Team to End Alzheimer's, founded in 2011 by SAG-AFTRA member Nancy Daly. To find out more about the team and for contact information, visit alz.org/aaunite. Register today online. Walk with the hundreds of actors and artists around the country who have walked for a world without Alzheimer's. All are welcome! The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider.


Movie Tickets The SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local offers discount tickets for use at AMC theaters. Tickets must be purchased in person, $8.50/ticket cash or check, $9/ticket for Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. Snack tickets, good for a small popcorn or drink, are $3. Tickets are good at any AMC Theatres, AMC Loews, AMC Showplace, Cineplex Odeon, Magic Johnson and Star theaters, in the United States only. Subject to surcharge for 3D, IMAX, AMC Prime, ETX, alternative content, dine-in-theatres and premium services. Location surcharges may also be applied at select theaters. For a complete listing of applicable surcharges, including theater locations subject to surcharge, please visit amctheatres.com. Please call the Chicago Local to confirm availability at (312) 573-8081, ext. 3712 or 5541. 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 Email: chicago@sagaftra.org Website: SAGAFTRA.org

The Chicago Activator - September 18, 2015  

The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local

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