The Power of the Union

The topic of union membership is one that often comes up among actors. Given that belonging to a union has long ceased to be a required step on the way to a professional career, what, frankly, is the point? Paying a percentage of your wages to a body which can seem at times like a theoretical entity, a vague kite mark that faintly whiffs of a different era, may seem fruitless, particularly when said wages are less than ample.

However, something happened recently which demonstrates why this perception couldn’t be further from the truth, and why our individual voices do matter.

The Art of Being Self-Employed

January is a time for many less than pleasant things – cold weather, holiday credit card bills, detoxing, resolutions made and broken, and of course, the self-employed tax return. As the ads urge us to find peace of mind and file before the deadline, and we scramble to find those all-important scraps that hold the key to the past tax year, it can sometimes feel that being a self-employed performer is more effort than it’s worth.

From the Greenroom...

"Love me or hate me, both are in my favor...If you love me, I'll always be in your heart...If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind." - William Shakespeare

As the holiday season and the end of 2016 are upon us,  consider Shakespeare's words in reflection to whatever your feelings are about the artistic forces who have left this world, those who are leaving/coming into political power and those we hold close to us in difficult times. Who are you keeping in your heart and who are you keeping in your mind? And why?

From the Greenroom...

"Black or white, good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are." - Denzel Washington