If you decide that you want to go financial core, all you simply have to do is this:
Send a certified letter to the SAG legal department, stating your wish to “enable your financial core status.”
Their Los Angeles address is: 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90036
They will probably try to talk you out of it, but don’t let that stop you. You will still have to pay SAG dues, you will still get all your health and welfare benefits, in essence, you are still like anyone else in the union. What you won’t be able to do is run for SAG office, vote in any SAG elections, or participate in many SAG related functions (like the SAG film society, for one).
So you have a tough decision to make. Do you want to vote for the next SAG president or increase your opportunities to work more steadily? Tough decision. Sure, non union films mostly don’t pay anywhere near the SAG day rates, but you’re playing Bingo with more cards now. The payoff may not be as big, but the payoff will be steady and the bonus is that you can STILL take those high paying SAG gigs when they come along. You’re not giving up much, you’re just enhancing what you have. Many SAG actors have done it (it’s just a well kept secret), Charlton Heston endorsed it, and it’s your legal right to enact it.
We are doing this because we are grateful for the many talented people who put their time and efforts into our projects and want to show them how they are within their rights to work on non union films, ours and others.
We know that as actors you want to act. Believe me, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to do so. But you’ll want to be able to do so without the threat of trouble. Making movies and appearing in them is not a crime and people who do them outside of the rules of the system are not criminals and should not be treated as such.
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