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Scene Around LAUGHING AT OURSELVES SAG-AFTRA Ethnic Employment Opportunities & Diversity, its EEO Committee and SAGIndie sponsored the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles panel Laughing at Ourselves: A Conversation with Actors & Creatives in April. SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board member Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced) moderated the discussion about the growing representation of South Asians on television, and the reasons why comedy has been a popular genre for discovering South Asian talent. SAG-AFTRA headquarters also played host to IFFLA's One-on-One event, where festival ilmmakers met industry creatives. Click here for photos GENE LEWIS X2 Panel participants, left, writer Luvh Rakhe (New Girl), executive producer Sunil Nayar (Revenge) and Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory); right, Sarayu Rao (Monday Mornings), Hannah Simone (New Girl) and Cheena. THE BIZ OF SHOW BUSINESS National LGBT Committee members Kevin Scullin, Elli Meyer, Ron Balaguer and SAG-AFTRA Chief Administrative Oicer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland represented SAG-AFTRA at the Original GLBT Expo in March at NYC's Jacob Javits Convention Center. he expo welcomed more than 20,000 people, which makes SAG-AFTRA's participation and visibility particularly valuable. DAVID KAUFMAN UNION PRIDE As part of the Green Bay Film Festival in March and again at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, SAG-AFTRA and its National Native Americans Committee presented he Business of Acting, an informative, interactive workshop led by professional actors, a casting director and other industry experts. During the three-hour event, audience members, preselected by casting director Rene Haynes (Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse) from their headshots and résumés, had the opportunity to hone their audition skills by reading scenes in front of the workshop leaders, who gave them immediate feedback on their performances. TRAILBLAZERS In March, the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP & SAG-AFTRA Entertainment Partnership presented Making the Action Happen: Stunt Performers of Color, as the ith installment of their Proiles of Color Panel Click here Series. he panelists not for photos only examined issues of color and gender barriers, but emphasized the level of From left, stunt performers Bob Minor, Angela Meryl, Jade David, Eric Mansker, Liana Mendoza, Simon Rhee and commitment, blood, sweat April Weeden at Making the Action Happen: Stunt Performers of Color at SAG-AFTRA headquarters. "It takes a and tears required to be a successful stunt performer. special individual to be a stunt performer," explained Mendoza. | Spring 2013 | SAG-AFTRA 23

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