From STEPHAN TODD. RE: SAG AFTRA merger.
As an actor, I had my doubts about this SAG / AFTRA merger, but I hoped for the best, however in the end my fears were confirmed as now it has been made harder for us struggling actors who have to go at it alone until some agent wants to represent you, which as any actor knows that it’s hard when you are non union. The catch is you have to be a union actor to have an agent! So it’s either do background work, which I have, but again you have to have 3 days on set to become SAG eligible, I myself have on numerous times only had 2 days of work on set. The other is that you have to have a major role in a “Big budget’ film to become SAG eligible as well, but again, how can you when you are non union? I was on “Must join” status with AFTRA, and my personal plan was to join AFTRA, which at the time cost $1663.00 to join, and being in a recession and unable to find work like everyone else, it became hard to save up the money needed to pay my dues! So I bided my time and was able to save up a little bit and work on obtaining the rest! I was going to join AFTRA, find an agent and do some higher paying work and later on become SAG eligible and then join SAG itself, since the film I did “The Last War Crime” was deemed to be “Ultra low budget” but at the same time was under SAG jurisdiction! So now that SAG and AFTRA have merged and that they are going under SAG rules of membership, I can pretty much kiss my career goodbye! What this all comes down to really is that the actors and other members of SAG and AFTRA thought nothing of us struggling actors with little or no money and only of themselves! So thank you so much for ending my dream and you can kiss my ass!
STEPHAN TODD HOHLER/STEPHAN TODD