Behind the Scenes
Last August (2016) I had the opportunity to film Secrets in Suburbia. It was significant for me because it was my first role on a SAG project. SAG stands for the Screen Actors Guild (technically, the “Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Recording Artists” if you want to impress your friends at a party). This is the union for professional working actors in film and television. It’s not easy to be a member of this union. You first have to have worked on a SAG project, but the producers have a financial incentive to hire actors who are already members of the union. Are you following this? It’s a chicken-and-egg thing. You have to have done union work to join the union, but it’s hard to do union work if you’re non-union.
At any rate, the thing I appreciate the most about this film is that it gave me my “eligibility” union status. You know where it says “SAG-e” on my home page? That stands for “SAG-eligible,” which is to say I have earned enough credits to join the union whenever I’m ready. There are lots to consider in this decision, but I expect that I’ll join soon–perhaps before this year is up.
Secrets in Suburbia plays tonight on Lifetime.
That’s a wrap!