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I so agree with all this — and have had my share of burnout a few times. But amusingly, first time I saw the headline I thought it said "Who recognizes burnout as a medical condition?" — that is, a question as opposed to the organization WHO. Made me laugh both ways!

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The Green Room / Re: Lucy Jordan Award nominations!
« on: Apr 22, 2019, 02:49 am »
Yes, kinda..... do the people include AEA members? That is a vital factor, someone who goes above and beyond for union members in particular, and not just the whole theatrical community. Does that make sense?

But we actually honored someone who did just that, along with being on the board of several theatres and insisting on finding ways to help them afford to hire union actors and stage managers.

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The Green Room / Lucy Jordan Award nominations!
« on: Apr 09, 2019, 09:04 pm »
WESTERN REGION FOLKS. Nominations for the Lucy Jordan award — an annual humanitarian award for people who help AEA members in the Western Region, are open. The form is on the AEA website, and we want to see nominations from all over the region. Past honorees have been from Texas, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, LA, Denver and ......well, don't you think there are folks in your area to honor who support AEA members (whether local or passing thru)? We've had folks who love and support every theatre in their town, know every actor and see every show, critics who make a point of highlighting AEA performers and SMs, producers who make sure their theatre is union in right to work states, house managers who treat the actors to a magnificent tech dinner, dressers who make everything calm and do-able and ok, etc etc. The person does not have to be an AEA member, as long as they do things that make our lives and theatre experience better.

If you have trouble finding the form, let me know and I can link it to a message or an email.

Y'all in Utah, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, and all those other liaison and non-liaison places that have yet to suggest anyone — please nominate someone we can all celebrate!

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Employment / Re: low stipend what to do
« on: Feb 25, 2019, 03:40 pm »
The most important things have been said. However, if this is a passion project, see if you can negotiate compromise in other forms — housing and meals, for example, the kinds of things that make small stipends bearable if you really really love the play or the players.

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...and crew

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Employment / Re: Health insurance
« on: Dec 01, 2018, 02:32 am »
The Actors Fund is the best resource for all things health insurance. Even tho I assume you are not yet union, they may be able to help you out. Give them a call.

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The Hardline / Re: Anonymous Quotes
« on: Nov 27, 2018, 10:04 pm »
This has been a bone of contention among many AEA actors and SMs. Speaking as one who's done some, it's true that I have donated the occasional reading for specific reasons/causes, but no, I am a union SM and I expect to be paid for my time and labor. If I choose to waive it, that's on me. But you'd better offer.

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The Hardline / Re: Collecting info on ASMs
« on: Nov 11, 2018, 11:58 pm »
Yes please, this is an ongoing project. Feel free to PM me with anything you want kept discrete, or print on this network and I will copy/paste with the rest of my paperwork.
Thank you

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The Hardline / Re: Collecting info on ASMs
« on: Oct 03, 2018, 09:02 pm »
Bumping this — I'd love to hear from all the union SMs out there who've had to fly solo on the smaller contracts, of got help if they asked. Leave me a message please, so we can collect a representative sample of experiences and help support some realistic and constructive solutions.
OK?
Thanks

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The Hardline / Re: AEA breaks during run throughs?
« on: Sep 24, 2018, 02:43 am »
What Vernon said. Generally speaking, if you are doing a run through with no stops to (for example) get a run time, to piece it together, for the designer run and so forth — things that are necessary before you dive into tech — you can go straight through without stopping and take an extended break after. But as mentioned, once you stop, for whatever reason, then breaks are due.

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(I always enjoy when my cue times w the word "go in the script..." tho it always takes a moment for board ops to hear me as opposed to the actor)

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The Hardline / Collecting info on ASMs
« on: Sep 14, 2018, 04:22 am »
Hey all!~
Erin Joy and I are part of a working group putting together info on triggers for ASMs — union or nonunion, but basically that 2nd set of hands we need on most shows. We are specifically focused on the smaller contracts, so not Production, SETA or LORT B and above.

If you have any stories or observations to share about not having assistance (or assistants), please send me that info asap. In addition, we are looking for responses to the following three questions —

— When have you had the biggest problem(s) with having no assistance?

— Did you ask for help? If not, why, and if so, what was the outcome?

— Do you have examples of times when help was unnecessary?

Our next meeting will be in about 2 weeks, so anything you can share before then is appreciated.

Thank you so much!

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At Native Voices, which is a First Nations (union) theatre company in LA on the grounds of Griffith Park's Autry Museum of the SouthWest, the top of each show includes appreciation to the land, to the elders, and to the indigenous local tribes. I love this practice, and when I produced the Diversity Awards for the west on behalf of AEA and then AEA/SAG/AFTRA, I always made sure this was included at the top of the show by someone from the Native community regardless of where we held the event. It's such a great thing to remind people that, well, they were here first.

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Thanks Ruth E — in the midst of dealing in details on another contract so I was suspicious about my own memory — 

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I seem to recall that production meetings are time not counted in the SMs total hours. So this is actually an interesting conundrum. (Am I misremembering this contract? I remember having this specific discussion more than once....).

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