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Members Approve Merger to form SAG-AFTRA More details, including photos from the historic announcement on March 30, are online at SAGAFTRA.org.



The SAG-AFTRA Conservatory and KMRC Present:


VIRTUAL AUDITIONS: The New Casting Frontier presented by Sharon Garrison

A trend has emerged in the regional casting process in virtually every market, including Chicago: virtual auditions. More efficiently than ever before, casting directors can now seek out the best possible talent for their casting projects in markets far beyond the perimeters that restrained them in the past.

Many casting directors are already proclaiming that videotaped auditions (at least for the first round of a casting project) is the new normal for casting. This development presents unlimited opportunities for actors who live and work outside of the Los Angeles and New York areas to be seen, respected and BOOKED on jobs previously out of their reach.

Dallas-based actor Sharon Garrison has put herself on tape and has videotaped auditions for more than 100 actors. Casting directors around the country often request her, and her tapings have yielded her a recurring role on the popular Lifetime show, Drop Dead Diva.

Sharon has put together an informational seminar sharing what she's learned about this process. Her goal is to empower actors to feel confident and have fun as they create their own virtual auditions. She'll introduce the nuts and bolts of successful video auditions, from the basic tools of taping through scene preparation, and include hints about lighting, sound, makeup, hair, movement, wardrobe and more, culminating in submission via the Internet.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS: The New Casting Frontier presented by Sharon Garrison
6 - 9 p.m. Monday, April 16
KMRC, One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago IL 60611

Please RSVP to Latisha Wagner at lwagner@aftra.com.



Agent Access with Maryann Ziesch, Actors Talent Group

Maryann Ziesch of Actors Talent Group, a franchised agent, will interview SAG-AFTRA members for the purpose of representation on Friday, April 27 in the Kaufherr Members Resource Center.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Thursday, April 19.

Submission instructions forthis event are available at AFTRA.com and SAG.org, with one small change. You no longer need an outer and inner envelope. We need your headshot, resume and a note with your member ID number. If you have any questions, please call the SAG-AFTRA office, (312) 573-8081.

SAG-AFTRA Chicago's Casting Access/Agent Access program is an ongoing, cooperative venture for the mutual benefit of Chicago talent agents, casting professionals and SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. It is not a workshop, training or "feedback" program or a guarantee of work or future audition or employment opportunities. It is an opportunity for casting professionals and talent agents to hold "generals" and become better acquainted with the wide variety of talent in Chicago's SAG-AFTRA membership. 


SAG Foundation Events in Chicago at the KMRC

The Secrets of the Casting Process

With: Bonnie Gillespie, casting director, author and coach
          Gary Marsh, owner of Breakdown Services, Actors Access and Eco-Cast

Bring your questions to this session and get ready to learn how to tier-jump! Please join us for a 90-minute interactive behind-the-scenes look at the casting process, from breakdown to submissions to selects to self-taped auditions.

Bonnie Gillespie returns to Chicago with her Self-Management for Actors tour and meets-up at SAG Foundation with Breakdown Services' founder Gary Marsh. The duo hosts a dynamic presentation from "the other side" of the casting process. You'll see elements of the online systems that actors never see, and finally get your questions answered about what casting directors are looking for when you self-tape!

Bonnie will help you tackle the biggest career mistakes actors make, while Gary will walk you through Eco-Cast, the first virtual preread system on the planet. Looking for the edge in your market, as you hope to create global reach? It starts here! There will be a drop box for headshots.

Secrets of the Casting Process
7 p.m. Friday, April 27
KMRC, One East Erie, Suite 660,
Chicago IL 60611

Please RSVP to Latisha Wagner at lwagner@aftra.com.

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. She casts SAG indie feature films and series such as the zombie smash hit Bite Me. Bonnie's column, The Actors Voice, runs weekly at Actors Access and her podcast is available on iTunes. Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews, Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors, and Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business. For more information about Bonnie, or to join her mailing list, please visit bonniegillespie.com.

Gary Marsh began his career as an actor after emigrating from England in 1963. Gary terminated his acting career to begin Breakdown Services in 1971. A 1976 graduate of UCLA, Gary is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Breakdown Services, the most widely used online casting portal, occupies a unique position of trust within the entertainment community. They are given access to virtually all scripts and are charged with synopsizing all roles contained within these scripts both objectively and accurately. More information is available at breakdownexpress.com.



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Volunteers Needed
Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee

Would you like to be a part of the ongoing effort for the KMRC? This is your chance to put your ideas and energy to work. Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee.

Current committee work is primarily in two areas: operations and fundraising. Operations include day-to-day planning, the scheduling of activities and teaching of classes. There is always much work to do. We need more volunteers in all areas. Think about how you can best help.

To volunteer, please e-mail Kathy Byrne at kbyrne@aftra.com.




Other Special Events not held at the KMRC


AFTRA Broadcast Conference

The Chicago Broadcast department is proud to present its first AFTRA Broadcast Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The conference is open to all SAG-AFTRA broadcasters (TV and radio) and will be an opportunity to network with colleagues from other stations.

Judith Matloff of the International News Safety Institute - North America will discuss ways broadcasters can stay safe when reporting from situations of civil unrest. The AFTRA Foundation serves as the official U.S. home to INSI. Other topics include maximizing the potential of social media while retaining ownership of your on-air personality, successfully negotiating Personal Service Agreements, the legal rights of union members, understanding AFTRA Health and Retirement benefits, and much more!

AFTRA Broadcast Conference
9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012
DePaul University
1 E. Jackson Boulevard, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60610

Free to members, registration required. Register online at  www.aftrabroadcastconference.com

For more information, please contact Kayla Hernandez at the AFTRA/SAG office, (312) 573-8081, or by email at khernandez@aftra.com.

Brought to you by SAG-AFTRA Chicago.



SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players Present - Radio as you may remember it!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Series: Lux Radio Theater

Program: Dodsworth-- Directed by Parker Gronwold
(Originally broadcast April 12, 1937 on CBS Radio)


All shows will be performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater and will start at 7p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Presented in Association with Chicago DCA Theater.The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue) and the Claudia Cassidy Theatrer is on the 2nd Floor. The admission is free and reservations are not required, however seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For full program details, check out the SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players website.


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