Terminology Tuesday: Taft Hartley

What exactly does “Taft Hartley” mean and how do you jump on the coveted bandwagon? Grab some popcorn, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳…⁠

Once you book your first union job, the producer or CD will need to draft up Taft-Hartley report. You might have heard this referred to as “being Taft-Hartleyed.”⁠

There are few ways to become SAG-eligible without being “Taft-Hartleyed.” One way is to do background work and receive (3) union vouchers. ⁠

The other is by reciprocity. If you’ve been a member of Actors’ Equity, ACTRA or one of three smaller performers’ unions (AGMA, AGVA, or GIAA) for one year and have performed as a principal in a production under one of those unions’ contracts you may be eligible to join the union. ⁠

Everything else requires a Taft Hartley report. This includes booking a speaking role on a SAG-covered project, being upgraded from background to principal and producing/casting yourself in a new media project. ⁠

It is significantly harder to be Taft-Hartleyed in non right-to-work states which is why, if booking more TV in states like CA + NY is high on the list of #actorgoals, you might want to consider the following:⁠

1. Be open to commercials: It’s much, much easier to Taft Hartley actors on commercials than it is in TV. Commercials may not be the end goal, but it’s a great way to get in the union (and the pay aint too shabby!)⁠

2. Self submit: keep self submitting to every union project you can. Sometimes smaller film projects (especially new media) have an easier time Taft Hartly-ing actors⁠

3. Self produce: Have an itch to create? Go for it! If you have the financial means and production resources, you can hire yourself (and Taft Hartley yourself) onto the production.⁠

4. Broaden your reach: If you have the means to (easily) work locally in a right-to-work state, consider getting an agent in that area. ⁠

5. Dabble in BG: People tend to love or hate background work. But if you have the time to try it, you might find yourself getting 3 union vouchers sooner than you think. ⁠

What job made you eligible for the union?⁠

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