If I am a memer of uk equity, am I eligible to join SAG

  • Daniel Jeary

    Actor

    hi there I was wondering if anyone could help me with something, I have been trying to search on the internet for an answer but cant seem to find one.

    Is British equity affiliated with SAG. I have lived in the usa for four years, sadly had to come back due to visa expiring, but as I am trying to get back there I want to go back as strong as possible and be part of SAG. Some people have told me uk equity isnt affiliated with SAG, yet a friend who is about to return to america, told me he joined uk equity and was told that if hes part of it for a year, he will then be eligible for SAG. does anyone know a firm answer about this, british actors or american actors in uk who know anything about this please help if you can lol

    thanks guys :)

    • 24th Jun 2009
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    just call equity!

    • 21st Jun 2009
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    hi!

    no, you are not SAG eligible because British Equity is not a sister Union.

    But American Equity is.

    If you can prove that you have been a member of British Equity for a while and have worked in paid contracts for 52 weeks I think (please check), then you can join Americain Equity.

    When you have been a member of American Equity for a year and that you have booked a leading Equity role, you are SAG eligible.

    Other easier way: Join Aftra (no restrictions there), when you have been a member of Aftra for a year and have booked one leading Aftra role, then you are SAG eligible.

    The confusion from your friend comes from the fact that British Equity and American Equity are not affiliated, unfortunately.

    Good luck!

    • 22nd Jun 2009
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    I forgot to add that if you join Aftra, you will not be allowed to work any non union contracts even if they would fall under SAG and that you are not illegible.

    So don't join too soon, or you'll end up being unemployed. There are many paid non union gigs.

    The best way to get your SAG card is through commercials. At commercial castings they won't really care if you are union or not because the fine is small compared to their budget. So if they like you, they'll employ you and Taft Harley you (which makes you SAG eligible)

    Most people get their SAG card this way.

    • 22nd Jun 2009
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    ok, another couple of things and then Ill shut up! :-)

    - if you are an extra on a SAG shoot, there is a possibility of getting a SAG voucher (on some shoots there are 100 extras and 3 vouchers, so be ready to fight!). When you've got 3 vouchers, you're eligible.

    - If you are non union, you can wok on SAG contracts graded below "Modified low budget", ie: Ultra Low Budget for sure, and probably (please check) short SAG and Student SAG.

    BUT these job will not qualify you for eligibility, and I've seen producers paying the SAG actors and not the non union. So don't get exploited in the hope of a Taft Harley that they can't give you even if they want to.

    I'll stop now...

    • 22nd Jun 2009
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  • Daniel Jeary

    Actor

    thankys for your comments especially claire lol they were really helpful. I didnt realise that that you could join american equity through british equity (if booking a leading role etc) and the aftra thing too sounds like the best way. With the vouchers and stuff ive heard people say what a nightmare it is to get them, but you've given me a lot of helpful info.

    Thanks alot

    Dan

    • 23rd Jun 2009
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  • Daniel Jeary

    Actor

    thankys for your comments especially claire lol they were really helpful. I didnt realise that that you could join american equity through british equity (if booking a leading role etc) and the aftra thing too sounds like the best way. With the vouchers and stuff ive heard people say what a nightmare it is to get them, but you've given me a lot of helpful info.

    Thanks alot

    Dan

    • 23rd Jun 2009
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    Splat Cat,

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is a union, and the conditions to join are detailed above. It doesn't matter how many hundreds of paid non union screen jobs you do, you can't join until you meet one of the criteria above.

    And once you've joined, you cannot do any non union jobs; if you do you may be fined and banned (unless you join financial core which is frowned upon).

    I only know all this because I want to join, so I spent a long time chatting with the SAG rep on a feature I was working on.

    • 23rd Jun 2009
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    Visit their website, it has all the information you need about eligibility/joining, etc.

    M.

    • 24th Jun 2009
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