We received amazing news from one of the agents that pulls talent from CGTV’s star showcase. One of our very own, Tina Hovhannisyn is now SAG eligible after finding her agent through our showcase and then being cast in a national commercial for Ross. If you don’t know how difficult it is to become SAG eligible, read more below1
“SAG-AFTRA represents around 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at www.SAGAFTRA.org to learn more.”
This is what is listed on their website. What is not listed is how difficult it is to become a member. You cannot just pay your way in. In fact, you will not find a “Join now” button on their website.
There are only 3 ways to qualify for SAG-AFTRA as listed on their website:
Proof of Employment
SAG-AFTRA membership is available to those who work in a position covered by a SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement, provided that any person qualifying through work as a background actor must have completed three (3) days of work as a background actor under an SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement.
Employment Under an Affiliated Performers’ Union
Performers may join SAG-AFTRA if the applicant is a paid-up member of an affiliated performers’ union (ACTRA, AEA, AGMA or AGVA) for a period of one year and has worked and been paid for at least once as a principal performer in that union’s jurisdiction.
Potential broadcast members should contact the National Broadcast Department or their Local for information on joining