Local 706 - The Artisan

Winter 2016

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4 PRESIDENT FROM THE PRESIDENT LOCAL LOCAL BUSINESS REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY-TREASURER LETTERS LETTERS TO THE ARTISAN EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS THEATER THEATER NEWS NEWS EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS LOOKS LAST LOOKS NEWS HEALTH AND WELFARE NEWS CREW CREW SHOTS CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS EDUCATION EDUCATION GUILD GUILD NEWS Much has been said about the lack of respect for make-up artists and hair stylists, not only within our industry but among our own members. Unless we clean our own house first, we cannot expect others to follow. Many of our members are college graduates and hold master's degrees and licenses. Recently, I visited a set where the department head make-up artist had been fired, and both the female producer and director had referred to her as a bitch. Ever since I can remember, there has been hue and cry from female producers and directors who claim that they are being discriminated against yet they have no qualms degrading others. I remember when a national organization promoting women in the film and television industry did not accept below-the-line women to become members. Even if you look today at their Board of Directors, none are from the crafts. They want to bemoan their plight, yet treat us like something they scraped off their shoe? Even worse are the men, no matter what their persuasion, thinking it's cool and permissible, who refer to each other in that derogatory term or to women in general. Enough. We didn't get into our crafts or join the union to allow ourselves to be degraded, yet we do it to one another. Commercials have software that prints "the Glam Squad" or "Vanities" on call sheets to lessen our importance. While on its face it may seem hip and trendy, consider how an accountant would feel if you referred to them as a "Bean Pusher" or lessened their importance. Do they lessen or degrade the cinematographer, grips, electricians? The call sheet should desig- nate our proper classifications, and if it doesn't—get it changed. It may seem like a small step, but it can be achieved easily and every small step counts. Our oath specifically states that "I will use every honorable means to procure employment for the members of this union, in preference to nonmembers." It does not say, "Unless I'm in a right-to-work state and the producer wants me to hire locals." Or "Treat local hires as second- class citizens and see how that works." Learning how to stand up for the principles yet stay employed is an art. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Gossip and false accusations against brother and sister members degrade and damage not only our reputations, but make us look like complete buffoons and bring a sad cartoon-like image to our crafts. Undermining each other only crystalizes our employers' beliefs that we are not worthy of the respect and honor we desire. Our Constitution and By-Laws clarifies it beauti- fully. We must act in the best interest of Local 706 or its members which includes conduct that reflects upon and or damages the reputation and goodwill of Local 706. We must uphold these principles for which the Local stands. These principles include, but are not limited to, the fostering of brotherhood and the advancement of unionism. It applies to everyone. As much as I support our awards show, gold statues cannot replace our negative actions. If we honor our contracts and respect one another, we will have a firm ground upon which to build respect. Respect is earned, not given. The female make-up artists who entered this union 40 years ago, worked very hard, endured a lot of mental and physical hazing, yet persevered knowing that their talents would push them forward to equality with the exceptional male make-up artists of this union. They did not back down. With a lot of talent and great senses of humor, they achieved much with the assistance, mentoring, guidance and encouragement of many of the men. There were, of course, some of those men who did everything in their power to trip us and humili- ate us, but for some it was to make sure we were tough enough. Try calling our Lifetime Achievement honorees a B and see where it lands you. SuSan Cabral-EbErt President Supervising Editor JEff angEll Contributing Writers SuSan Cabral-EbErt tommy ColE randy SayEr Publisher InglEdodd mEdIa Office Manager Kathy SaIn Mailing List Manager dIanE burnS The Artisan is published quarterly by Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists, I.A.T.S.E. Local 706, 828 No. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 Phone (818) 295-3933. Fax 818-295-3930 All editorial and photo submissions should be sent to email address: susan@ialocal706.org Advertising: IngleDodd Media (310) 207-4410 muahs@IngleDodd.com www.IngleDoddMedia.com Officers of I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 President Susan Cabral-Ebert Vice President Julie Socash Recording Secretary Vanessa Dionne Secretary-Treasurer John E. Jackson Sergeant-at-Arms Barbara Dally Business Representative Tommy Cole Official Magazine of Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists. Published in the Interest of ALL the Members of Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists I.A.T.S.E. Local 706

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