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young performers as well as cast members of shows like Glee and Vampire Diaries participate in the Foundation’s Conversations series. To find out about upcoming Foundation events, be sure to subscribe to their e-mail list at Additional resources TOP LEFT: Young performers in the Looking Ahead program volunteer for Project Angel Food in Los Angeles in June. Back: Aaron Sanders, Kayla Esposto, Cameron Palatas, Alicia Landry, Amanda Petersen, Erin Mata. Front: Savannah Linz, Kimi Hu, Zander Ayeroff, Max Common TOP RIGHT: Young Performers Carnival attendees BOTTOM: Young Performers Handbook and homepage, Couldn’t find something in this book? Call 1-800-SAG-0767 especially designed for kids featuring an interactive set visit, quizzes, videos, photo galleries and a downloadable version of Te SAG Young Performers Handbook. Te SAG Foundation provides workshops and panel discussions that are oſten invaluable for young performers and their parents. Many times, these presentations are streamed online or archived at for viewing no matter where you’re located. Recent events include the LifeRaſt panel “Protecting Your Young Performer’s Emotional Health” and a cold reading workshop for young performers. And for young performers and their families include Te Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead, a Los Angeles- based program for young performers between 9 and 18. Funded by SAG/Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund and the AFTRA Industry Cooperative Fund, Looking Ahead gives young performers a place to have fun, give back and get support in making a successful transition to adulthood. Te program offers five kinds of services: education planning, counseling, community service activities, leader- ship development and social events. Young Performers Handbook Description___________________________ Date ________________________________ Presented by _________________________ A Guide for Young Performers Screen Actors Guild “Looking Ahead gives young performers and their families a sense of balance and a support system that is an important component for their success as performers, and more importantly, as good, healthy human beings,” noted actor- producer-director Fred Savage, a former young performer and chair of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee. Te program sponsors community service projects like serving the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission, a line dancing barbecue for seniors, leadership retreats, discussion groups for parents, financial aid workshops and peer social events. To find out more, families of SAG young performers, can visit or call Te Actors Fund at (323) 933-9244, ext. 36. Young Performers Must Be Cautious Online asset in marketing and promoting oneself to get that next role, but having personal information and photos online creates unique challenges in protecting young performers from online predators. At a recent SAG seminar in New York, young F performers and their parents met to discuss this very issue and screened Clicking with Caution, a DVD created by the New York City Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator, Microsoſt and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking. First and foremost: caution is key when considering whether to post names, contact information, photos, residential addresses or schools attended by the young performer. Here are some other tips young performers and their parents should keep in mind when going online: • Do Your Homework: Get familiar with the privacy settings on social networks. If you are using the Internet to find work, make sure casting websites that list your contact information are reputable and have filters for the people who may be accessing your information. Looking for a safe online casting website? Try SAG’s free casting site, • Don’t Talk to Strangers: Make sure you know who you’re chatting with online and be mindful of what information you are posting on social networks or casting websites. Online predators can fish for information without directly asking you who someone is or where he or she lives. • Get a Permission Slip: Young performers should not respond to an online casting call or send anyone a picture online without first checking with a parent or guardian. For children under the age of 13, choose websites that ask you to complete a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) form before submitting any personal information. It is illegal for any website to collect this information from a minor age 12 or under without getting consent from a parent or guardian. Summer 2010 - SCREEN ACTOR 25 or actors, the Web can be an invaluable Brian Putnam

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