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64 SAG-AFTRA | Fall 2014 | On Location Portland New England SAG-AFTRA ON THE SET Hawaii Five-0's fifth season began at the Honolulu Zoo this summer with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, a customary celebration that often marks the beginning of an important event in the islands. Fans from around the globe clustered on the street to catch the action while others watched the live-streamed event over the Internet. Cast and crew were blessed as part of the ritual. On hand were stars Jorge Garcia, Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Dennis Chun and Grace Park, joined by Hawaii Local Executive Director Brenda Ching, front. SOLIDARITY S AG-AFTRA Portland Local President Duane Hanson enjoys a candid moment with his wife Ruby (AFSME Local 88) and daughter, Desi, along with 20,000 like-minded unionists at Oaks Park AFL-CIO annual Labor Day picnic Sept. 1. "We are so proud to be celebrating with our sisters and brothers of the Oregon labor movement. This year marked the strengthening of a long and blossoming alliance for our local, something I very much wanted to foster during my presidency," Hanson said. MEDIA INDUSTRY IN THE SPOTLIGHT T he Mass Media Expo, sponsored in part by SAG-AFTRA New England, was held at WGBH Studios on Sept 6. The day was filled with workshops and panels on the media industry in Massachusetts, including the workshop The Working Actor. Local members Owen Burke, Christine Everett, Tamara Hickey, Celeste Oliva and Bates Wilder, along with moderator Jordan Rich, discussed a variety of topics that are important to working actors everywhere: preparation and training on how to land an audition, dealing with rejection, balancing steady employment with acting opportunities and how to manage your career. The expo also featured an exhibition hall showcasing a range of film and media companies in Massachusetts, including top creative production and post-production companies, suppliers, innovative products, organizations and unions. MICHIGAN LOCAL DEBUTS ITS SALON T he members of the Michigan Local enjoyed the debut of their first salon. Defined as a regular meeting of writers, artists, musicians and actors, a salon gives members an opportunity to practice their craft with an open mic. Participants recited poetry and monologues, and sang songs from past performances. The atmosphere was very supportive and members look forward to the next salon. Tiren Jhames recites at the salon. Michigan Hawaii From left, New England Local staff members Ellen Stoolmacher, Executive Director Susan Nelson, Jalika Conteh and Jessica Maher.

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