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by Ms. Bubbette
Dear Ms. Bubbette,
I am new to the Austin area and I am trying to figure out what I need to do to get involved in theater and film. Do you have any suggestions? All of my experience is in theater but I am truly interested in both which means I need some affordable training. Any suggestions?
Also, can you please give me an update on SAG and AFTRA? Should I be involved? What are the benefits? Limitations? Please help.
A warm welcome to Austin. This is the happening place for live music, theatre and movies.
First I suggest you get a copy of the "Actorsı Bible" - the BIZ Directory. It will answer every question you will ever have on this business and is especially written for Texas actors. And not only that, it also covers interviews with Texas Casting Directors (so you can hone up on their likes and dislikes before an audition with them); and has a complete breakdown and interviews with talent agents in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and the Southwest.
These (2 books) will cost you $50 as opposed to less information in the Hollywood version for 3-4 times the price. You will find it as addictive and necessary as your coffee mug. It will take up residency next to your computer. If you misplace it you will have withdrawal symptoms. Need I say more? Call 323-2090 or e-mail Mona@BIZonline.com Talk to the sage herself. Trained at Julliard, NY, this town is blessed with the best acting coach around who has ongoing, affordable classes.
SAG membership has to be earned by landing speaking or featured roles in a union feature movie, or a national commercial You know youıre eligible when you find yourself signing a SAG contract.
AFTRA , related to television and radio artists, is an open union and anyone can join. But in both cases be prepared for a hefty initiation fee ($800) and annual dues.
Remember Texas is a non-union state and we actors have the right-to-work in union movies without becoming unionı members. My suggestion is that you have lots of professional experience before you decide to join. Pgs. 365 378 - union information in the BIZ Directory
SAG & AFTRA websites: http://www.sag.org http://www.aftra.org
Suggestions for affordable film, television & theatre acting teachers, with on-going classes:
* Mona Lee 323-2090: * Michael Costello 260-3323: * Marco Perella 512) 869-0623
* C.K. McFarland 441-3738: * Bill Johnson (Zachary Scott Theatre) 476-6378 x236 These are all taught on-camera.
* Stanley Zareff (New York) comes to Austin twice a year weekend seminar excellent improv. classes. Contact Sue Bilich 452-4049
I also suggest you go back through Ms. Bubbetteıs previous columns and check out similar questions:
* October, 2000 2nd letter to "Akai": * September, 2000 2nd letter to "Tim":
* June, 2000 to "Akai": * May,2000 - to "Redhead Goddess"
Good luck! And do come to the Austinactors get-togethers at the end of each month. Itıs fun, informative and best of all itıs free!
Dear Ms. Bubbette,