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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Mission Statement

THIS BLOG PROVIDES INFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE IN ALL LEVELS OF THEIR CRAFT. THIS BLOG HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD OR SAG-AFTRA OTHER THAN ITS AUTHOR/EDITOR IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE GUILD AND UNION.

Material posted may not be taken as endorsed by Art Lynch or any organization he may be affiliated with. They are for news and information purposes only. As a consumer always do your full research.

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The resources listed herein are posted for informational purposes only. The authors of this blog are not affiliated with, nor do they endorse, sponsor or guarantee any of the above resources or any of the information, advice, services or other resources obtained through these resources. All information and content on this blog is for informational purposed only and not to be taken as legally vetted journalism or endorsed in any way by the authors of this blog, the Screen Actors Guild, College of Southern Nevada or any other entity implied or mentioned on this blog. No guarantee of any kind is made as to the accuracy or suitability of these resources or the qualifications of any companies or individuals affiliated with them.The links and resources listed herein are posted for informational purposes only. The author of this blog is not affiliated with, nor does he endorse, sponsor or guarantee any of the above resources or any of the information, advice, services or other resources obtained through these resources. All information and content on this blog is for informational purposed only. No guarantee of any kind is made as to the accuracy or suitability of these resources or the qualifications of any companies or individuals affiliated with them. The opinions mentioned herein are those of the author and in no way represent the opinions of The Screen Actors Guild or any other organization.

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How to avoid or minimize the potential for scams


Since this blog reproduced notices and does not originate many of the messages, please take precautions on responding of auditioning. Some common sense rules (from Craigslist and other sources). You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scams.
  • DO NOT PAY TO AUDITION OR TO BE IN A PRODUCTION - while there are charities and "points" on various entertainment productions, a safe rule is to be very careful with your money and always to due diligence first.
  • WORK UNDER UNION CONTRACTS- SAG, AFTRA, Equity, AGVA and AGMA contracts protect talent in many ways. Always contact the union office if you have questions about a productions signatory status.
  • WORK THROUGH A UNION AGENT OR STATE LICENCED TALENT AGENCY- there are protections in place including bonding and background checks Check with the union and the state to confirm status if there is any doubt.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
  • DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN -in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.

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