Monday, June 23, 2008

Actors Inequity

Actors' Inequity - Performing because we love it ... and we got cast

Even their web site is a spoof of the appearance of the Actors' Equity Association web site.

They link to an interesting web site GotPay which says:
GOT PAY? was formed in March of 2005 in response to the many formidable Cleveland area advertisers who regularly cast non-union actors in their commercials for NO PAY! Many of the professional artists in our community view this as a damaging practice for all area artists if we hope to grow and thrive. A heated, web-based debate culminated in organizing our first free public meeting of artists mentoring artists called: PAY vs NO PAY- A Discussion of Your Worth. See GOT OVERVIEW?

GOT PAY? is now an artists advocacy organization, dedicated to providing a comprehensive resource of professional, performance and service rates, standards and practices. Whether you are a professional or amateur actor, singer, dancer, writer, producer, director, musician, wardrobe or makeup artist, prop or wig master, lighting technician, set designer, stage manager or other creative artist, we hope this will be a safe place to ask questions, share your thoughts and put the "Business" in your Show Business career.

We realize that not all art forms are created equal. Most theaters, independent film makers and dance companies have very limited budgets and profit margins. However, NO ONE should appear in radio or tv commercials for less than the established union rates. See GOT RATES?