Terminology Tuesday: SAG Eligible

Hard to believe we haven’t covered this term yet!⁠

What exactly does it mean to be SAG-Eligible and how can you obtain that status?⁠

Becoming a SAG Eligible actor (aka SAG-e) means you’ve met SAG-AFTRA’s minimum requirements to join and are now qualified to become a member whenever you’re ready. ⁠

This also means you can continue to work union jobs (temporarily) until you must join the union. ⁠

To become SAG Eligible, you must either book 1 union job or obtain 3 union vouchers via background (extra) work. At that point, you will automatically become eligible to join. ⁠

Joining SAG-AFTRA has many wonderful benefits, but CDs do not value or “think more of” SAG-AFTRA actors over SAG-Eligible actors, or even Fi-Core actors for that matter (hint: we have a Terminology Tuesday on Fi-Core!)⁠

Being both SAG-Eligible and a full union member makes you viable for all union film and TV projects. We know that actors want to be mindful and take their time to join the union; whether it be for financial reasons, or to soak in the non-union & union market for as long as possible. ⁠

All reasons are valid, which is why we understand any reason for actor taking their time to join the union.⁠

Just make sure you are listing your union status correctly on your casting profiles so that you are not missing out on audition opportunities. ⁠

SAG-Eligible does NOT = non-union. 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟮 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀. ⁠

The options for union status are:⁠
2. SAG-Eligible ⁠
3. Fi-Core⁠
4. SAG-AFTRA Must-Join⁠
5. Non-Union⁠

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