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64 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2019 | On Location UNION REACHES OUT TO SFSU STUDENTS S an Francisco-Northern California Local Executive Director Sean Taylor spent an afternoon in late October at San Francisco State University with aspiring performers and students in professor Dina Ibrahim's class Preparing for Careers in Entertainment. Taylor spoke about the importance of entertainment arts unions, especially SAG-AFTRA, and answered questions about joining the union and the benefits of membership. He also shared the most difficult challenges facing entry-level actors, performers and broadcasters. This was one in a series of events held with local universities and colleges as part of the San Francisco-Northern California Local's continued efforts to reach out to the next generation of new members. Local Executive Director Sean Taylor San Francisco - NorCal San Francisco State University students learned about SAG-AFTRA during an Oct. 30 visit by Local Executive Director Sean Taylor. THE ACTOR ® PUTS THE 'S' IN EGOTS T he SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local hosted the first-ever Atlanta EGOTS Exhibit on Jan. 19, featuring the SAG Awards Actor® as one of America's top performance awards, along with the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The event, which was free to the public, was held inside the Woodruff Arts Center and nearly 2,500 people attended. The event took place through the combined efforts of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz and SAG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell. The presence of The Actor in the exhibit served as a salute to Georgia's growing industry presence and importance as a filming location. Atlanta is not only home to many SAG-AFTRA signatory productions, but also the Turner Company, the owner of the SAG Awards' broadcast partners TBS and TNT. "It's the appropriate time to recognize the SAG Awards Actor among the top five American performance awards," said Reitz. "We are especially proud of all our local members, artists and organizations that either perform or produce award-winning entertainment." growing industry presence and importance as a filming location. Atlanta is not only home Atlanta NOEL REITZ SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local Board President Ric Reitz at the EGOTS exhibit. SAG-AFTRA Portland members Todd A. Robinson and Jeff Rosick discuss the benefits of using union talent at the 45th Annual Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, held Oct. 31 – Nov. 5. HAROLD PHILLIPS LOCAL FOCUSES ON COMMUNITY-BUILDING P ortland is known for food, bikes and coffee shops — but "Stumptown's" best-kept secret is its sense of community. The Portland Local's commitment to this community spirit was on display at the end of 2018. October and November saw the local serve the film community at the Portland Film Festival and Northwest Filmmakers Festival. The local helped introduce the region's show biz unions to attendees and sponsored presentations on contracts, safety, and working with agents and teachers. In December, the Portland Local joined other Oregon unions at Presents from Partners, an annual toy drive and holiday party for unemployed families. The local contributed toys, and members served food and provided holiday cheer to over 400 children from union households. That same month, the Portland Local participated in a day of service at the Oregon Food Bank, where members helped process more than 47,000 pounds of food for hungry Oregonians. In 2019, the Portland Local continues its commitment to building and strengthening the community that makes Portland, Portland. Portland

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