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Can Non-Union Work be Converted to Union Work? YES! It can!

By Lin Parkin

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MegaphoneAre you a SAG-AFTRA talent trying to find work at Voices.com?

Thinking about joining the union but don't want to lose out on all the non-union work?

Many of the jobs posted at Voices.com are non-union, yet we have numerous SAG-AFTRA voice talent on the site.

How is this possible?

With a little extra effort a voice actor can remain honest with their union and still accept non-union work by turning it into a union job. All without causing additional work or hassle for the prospective client.

Joins VOX Daily today as Voices.com talent member and professional voice-over coach, Mike Brang, explains how it's done.


Can Non-Union Talent be hired for a Union Production?

By Lin Parkin

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Yes You Can.jpgAbsolutely!

As casting director Paul Russell pointed out in a recent article for Backstage, it is a myth that non-union actors cannot be hired for union productions.

In fact, it happens all the time. It is essentially how non-union actors make their way into the union - should they chose to do so.

Even if the production says in those big cap letters UNION ONLY, Paul Russell goes on to explain that "A director, producer, writer, casting director, or anyone hiring for a union project and holding auditions-by-appointment can call in whoever they want. I could call in a non-union dog for a human union role if I was so insane (but I'd lose my producer client quick)."

Join VOX Daily as we help dispel this common misconception and explain how non-union talent CAN be hired for union productions.


Will SAG and AFTRA Merge?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Comedy and Tragedy theatre masksWill the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merge?

In the near future there will be a vote to decide whether these two performers unions will become one and serve their members, many of whom belong to both organizations, in a more unified and practical manner.

Do you have any thoughts or feelings you'd like to share?

Be sure to comment and express your opinion!


AFTRA Announces New Audiobook Agreement With Audible.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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lady-bench-headphones-280.pngDo you have questions about AFTRA's new agreement with Audible.com?

Learn more about this agreement by reading this article.

If you still have questions or are unsure of something, be sure to leave a comment and I'll ask AFTRA during my interview with them to get you the answers you're seeking.


What Would Your Union Do?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Comedy and TragedyHave you ever been part of a team, choir, or musical ensemble?

Members of teams, regardless of activity, work together, rely upon each other and are united to achieve a common goal.

Sound familiar?

Take a peek through the lens of team work and see how it relates to governing bodies.


New Media and Voice Over : Have The Unions Figured It Out?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Back pocket earbudsAbout a month ago, the Screen Actors Guild issued a rather bold memorandum to their members with regard to New Media (wireless, internet, DVDs, etc.) called "Check Your Backside" communicating that Rule 1 in New Media will be enforced starting January 1, 2009.

What's the "Backside" and what's "Rule 1"?

If you are a card carrying SAG member, you need to know. Find out now.


Will SAG and AFTRA Merge? It Could Happen and Here's How

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Edoardo BalleriniThe face of the Screen Actors Guild may start to look a little bit different this year.

For tens of thousands of people in the acting and voice acting professions, particularly those who are members of SAG and or AFTRA, this change could make all the difference in the world.

Find out more in my special interview with Edoardo Ballerini, a candidate for the SAG Board of Directors and member of Unite For Strength, a group seeking the merger of SAG and AFTRA.


What's Going on with SAG and AFTRA?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jason GeorgeAfter an announcement late last week, it appears that the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) wants to suspend joint bargaining with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

This may be the case for the current governing body of AFTRA but I heard straight from some heavy hitters that the move to suspend joint negotiations is not a decision representative of the entire body of membership, including individuals from the AFTRA Leadership Team who wish to see change, reconcile the differences between the two unions and hope for a merger.

Read this enlightening missive that debunks several myths and misinformation about what is going on behind the scenes from the perspective of working actor and current AFTRA National Board member, Los Angeles local member and LA's fourth vice president, Jason George.

Read this to help you research before making your decision at the vote.


Interview with AFTRA Voice Actress Denise Dal Vera

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Denise Dal VeraCurious to know more about AFTRA?

I've been given permission by Paul Horn, President of the New England AFTRA Local, to publish an interview conducted with AFTRA voice actress Denise Dal Vera about her experiences as a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Check it out here!


How is the WGA Strike Affecting You?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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After yesterday's post, I got an email from a concerned member of the union who would like to share his point of view.

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Hulu.com Serves as TV Fix During the Writers Strike

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hulu LogoIf you've been missing your favorite shows, some of the networks have figured out a way to keep your appetite whetted and consumer loyalty by making full-length sitcom episodes from previous seasons available online at Hulu.com for your viewing pleasure.

Presently in Beta (testing phase), the Hulu site is poised to be network television's answer to YouTube as well as a viable means of keeping fans of shows currently affected by the Writers Guild of America strike happy and served at their convenience online with content on demand... free of charge.



Equity : The UK's Entertainment Trade Union

By Lin Parkin

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Equity LogoRecognize the masks to the left?

Representing comedy and tragedy, these masks are possibly the most recognizable symbol of performance in the world.

Many people don’t realize this is actually a union logo. It belongs to Equity, the UK’s entertainment trade union.


ACTRA : Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists

By Lin Parkin

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ACTRA logoWhere would the Canadian arts, cinema and entertainment scene be without ACTRA?

Join guest blogger and Voices.com staff member Lin Parkin as she explores the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists here on VOX Daily.


History of the Screen Actors Guild

By Lin Parkin

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SAG LogoEver wondered about how the Screen Actors Guild came to be?

Learn about the history of the Screen Actors Guild and discover little known facts about SAG in this article composed from information available on their website.



By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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This week, Lin Parkin will be our guest blogger on VOX Daily.

If you've ever wondered about the national unions including AFTRA, SAG, ACTRA, and Equity, this week will be a goldmine of information for you.

Today, we'll be starting with AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.


A dangerous, perhaps deadly, email to SAG, AFTRA and Writers Guild of America members

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Square peg round holeSo far, you've really only heard unbiased reporting or relative support for the writers strike.

What I am privileged to share with you today, however, is a bird of a different feather, and potentially writing that may have severe consequences for the writer, and if not heeded, members of several unions in the United States, and by default, unions sympathetic to the cause in nations abroad.

One man, a member of SAG and AFTRA has taken a stand against the strike, and the following revelation, uncensored, is how he feels.


Writers Strike in Hollywood Imminent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Will there be an Oscars show in 2008?

When the people who write drop their pens and go on strike, an entire industry shuts down.

How long do you think this will go on for and will it affect you?

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By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever heard of SaVoa?

A first for the voice over industry, SaVoa aims to accredit all professional voice over artists, regardless of location, to preserve their art while recognizing people who produce broadcast-quality audio.

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SAG Recognizes Voice Over Pros

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Watch the SAG Awards this Sunday and see a salute to those who work in the voice over field.


ACTRA Strike Update - Cross Country Checkup!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Read what several ACTRA talent have to say about the strike that has rocked the acting community, the country and the Canadian broadcast and film industry.


ACTRA Strike 2007

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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With negotiations going on until 6:20 a.m., ACTRA walked out, disabling nearly 21,000 Canadian television and film performers overnight and grinding production to a halt for production companies across the country.


Making Non-union Jobs Union Jobs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pat Fraley says that it can be done! To find out how you can turn a non-union job into a union job, read this post.


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