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Standing United: 12 Tips for Weathering the Storm of the SAG-AFTRA Strike


We are thrilled to announce our guest blogger for this week’s post, Talent Manager and Co-founder of Trinity Artists International, Wendy Lungaro.

With an extensive background in the entertainment industry, Wendy has a discerning eye in identifying raw potential and guiding artists on their transformative journeys, she takes great pride in witnessing their success stories.In her capacity as a Talent Manager, Wendy embraces the dynamic challenges of the industry and strives to stay at the forefront of emerging trends. We are excited to share her expertise with our readers!·



 

Standing United: 12 Tips for Weathering the Storm of the SAG-AFTRA Strike


At the onset of the SAG-AFTRA strike, emotions are running high, and frustrations are palpable within the entertainment industry. As a talent representative, I understand the concerns and challenges that actors face during this difficult time. However, let us remember that adversity often paves the way for positive change. This strike, born out of the pursuit of fairness, is an opportunity for actors to come together, grow stronger, and forge a more equitable future. Together, we shall weather this storm and emerge victorious.


The grievances that have led to this strike are not unfounded. The demand for fair wages, safer working conditions, and improved residuals are vital for the long-term well-being of actors. Acknowledging and understanding these concerns is crucial as we work towards a resolution that benefits all parties involved. It is an opportunity for actors to stand up for their rights and ensure that their voices are heard.


While the strike may bring uncertainty and temporary disruption, it is important to remember that this too shall pass. Strikes have been catalysts for change throughout history, and the entertainment industry is no exception. By standing united and persevering through this challenging period, we are actively contributing to a stronger, fairer future for all actors.


During this downtime, it is crucial for actors to stay productive and maintain a positive mindset. Here are 12 tips and ideas to help you navigate through this challenging period:

  1. Polish Your Craft: Use this time to hone your acting skills. Take acting classes, workshops, or join local theater groups to expand your repertoire and refine your technique.

  2. Create Your Own Work: Unleash your creativity and write, direct, or produce your own projects. Use this opportunity to explore your unique voice and showcase your talent.

  3. Consider acquiring additional skills that complement your acting career. Explore areas like voiceover work, writing, editing, or producing. Diversifying your skill set not only enhances your value as an artist but also opens up new opportunities and income streams.

  4. Connect with fellow actors and industry professionals. Attend virtual events, webinars, and networking sessions to expand your network and foster collaborations for future projects.

  5. Show solidarity and support to your fellow actors during the strike. Attend union meetings, participate in peaceful demonstrations, and engage in constructive conversations. Together, we can amplify our collective voices and work towards a better industry for all.

  6. Give back to your community by volunteering for local theater productions, charitable events, or mentorship programs. Not only will you make a difference, but you will also stay connected to the world of acting.

  7. Keep yourself updated with the latest news and developments regarding the strike. Follow reliable sources of information, such as industry publications (Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter) and SAG-AFTRA union websites, and official social media channels. Being well-informed will enable you to make informed decisions and stay connected to the larger conversation.

  8. Take Care of Yourself: The strike may bring added stress and uncertainty. It's essential to prioritize self-care during this time. Engage in activities that help you relax and rejuvenate, such as meditation, exercise, hobbies, or spending quality time with loved ones. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being will provide the strength and resilience needed to navigate through this challenging period.

  9. Use Social Media Positively: Social media can be a powerful tool for actors during the strike. Share your thoughts, concerns, and experiences respectfully and constructively. Engage with others in a supportive manner and use your platforms to raise awareness about the issues at hand. Remember, unity and respectful dialogue can lead to greater impact and understanding.

  10. Stay Connected with Your Representative: Maintain regular communication with your talent representative or agency. They can provide valuable insights, updates, and guidance during the strike. Collaborate with them to explore alternative avenues for exposure and opportunities that align with your long-term career goals.

  11. Remember, although the SAG-AFTRA strike may present challenges, it is also an opportunity for growth, solidarity, and positive change within the industry. By staying proactive, informed, and connected, actors can make the most out of this period and emerge stronger on the other side.

  12. Financial Assistance and Support: Understandably, the strike may bring financial challenges for actors. If you find yourself in need of financial assistance or support, here are some resources you can turn to:

    • The Actors Fund: The Actors Fund offers a wide range of services, including emergency financial assistance, healthcare support, career counseling, and more. Visit their website at actorsfund.org for information and assistance.

    • Explore local charities and organizations in your area that provide assistance to artists and performers. They may have resources available to help during this challenging time.

Free Resources and Assistance for Entertainment Industry Professionals in the US can be found here.


Trinity Artists International Stands in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA, its members, and the WGA.


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