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Behind the Scenes

SAG Eligibility Letter

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.

Brianna and Joe were fantastic to work with and I’m especially inspired by Briana’s philanthropic work with The New Hollywood.

Secrets in Suburbia plays tonight on Lifetime.

That’s a wrap!