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Getting Down to Business: How to prepare for (and deal with) acting in a love scene

It’s a slightly awkward topic to discuss, but it’s also an important one since raunchy scenes which can make even the most professional of actors feel a little out of their comfort zone.

And hey, we are all professionals. As such, let’s leave the nervous giggles at the door and get this issue tackled!

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After nearly two months of talks, SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have struck a deal on new television and radio commercials contracts.

According to Deadline.com, if approved by the union’s National Board of Directors at its April 20 to 21 meeting, these agreements are intended to replace the last three-year contracts that formally expired on March 31. The negotiations, covering contracts with about $1 billion in yearly earnings, were the first contract talks conducted by the union since SAG and AFTRA merged last March.

However, with now typical SAG-AFTRA secrecy, the union said today that no details of the new agreements would be made public to anyone including union members in advance of the Board’s review. Once the board has signed off, the deal will be sent to the full membership of 160,000 for ratification. SAG-AFTRA co-President Roberta Reardon did say in a statement Saturday that “we’ve made essential gains for SAG-AFTRA members and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Talks on a new three-year contract started on February 14 in NYC between SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee from the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Association of National Advertisers. All parties granted one-week extensions of the previous contracts on March 26 while negotiations continued.

The sit-down between the 34-member SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee (26 seated members and 8 alternates) and the Industry concluded April 6, at 1:49 AM EDT in NYC. Reardon, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White, Negotiating Committee Vice Chairs Sue-Anne Morrow, Allen Lulu, Ilyssa Fradin, and David Hartley Margolin, Co-Lead Negotiators Ray Rodriguez and Mathis Dunn, and Senior Advisor John McGuire represented SAG-AFTRA. The JPC was represented by lead negotiator Douglas J. Wood, JPC Counsel Stacy Marcus, David Weissman with Reed Smith LLP, Linda Bennett with Saatchi & Saatchi, Kim Stevens with Arnold Worldwide, and Kathleen Quinn with the 4A’s.

Frank-CrimAccording to an article via the Los Angeles Times, actors are earning less than they once did, an issue that looms as SAG-AFTRA negotiators begin bargaining on a new contract with advertising agencies.

In a nearly 30-year television career, Frank Crim has appeared in more than 150 commercials, pitching Honda SUVs, Jack in the Box hamburgers, Allstate insurance, and Capital One credit cards.

But lately Crim is having to book more jobs to make the same money he did a decade ago.

“I still don’t make enough money to buy a house,” said Crim, who makes about $60,000 a year and shares an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. “I’m not asking for the moon, just enough to make a livable wage.”

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Hurricane-Sandy

AFTRA Foundation Sets Up Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for AFTRA-SAG Members

The AFTRA Foundation has set up a $50,000 fund to support and aid active SAG-AFTRA members in their recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the foundation announced. The fund will be administered by the Actors Fund in New York.

SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply to the AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund if they are currently active and have paid their dues through the May 2012 billing cycle. Grants of up to $1,000 will be administered through the Actors Fund through a confidential and streamlined process aimed at aiding members quickly and effectively as they rebuild and recover from the superstorm.

“Our hearts are behind our actions and, like a true family, the AFTRA Foundation is here to help our members when they need help the most,” said AFTRA Foundation president Shelby Scott. “We’ve seen great loss and suffering caused by this storm. Helping our members rebuild their lives is the most important work we can do at this time.”

“This is the type of work the foundation is devoted to and was designed for,” said SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon. “We are grateful to all who support us and to the Actors Fund for partnering with us.”

Members affected by the storm can apply for assistance by contacting The Actors Fund in New York at (212) 221-7300 ext. 119 or intakeny@actorsfund.org.

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