AIP019 | Why I Went Fi-Core

Host Ben Hauck opens up about his personal decision as an actor to declare financial core status within his union, SAG-AFTRA.  In the episode, Ben describes his journey to becoming fi-core, his process in determining whether fi-core was right for him as an actor, and why he made the difficult choice.  He also shares what SAG-AFTRA might do to better prevent its members from resigning their union membership and exercising their financial core rights.  Concluding the episode, Ben introduces The Fi-Core Workbook, available from Fi-Core Central, a downloadable ebook aimed at helping screen actors weigh the decision whether financial core is right for them.

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fi-core-workbook-coverThe Fi-Core Workbook: A Guide for the Screen Actor Deciding Whether to Declare Financial Core Status

The groundbreaking ebook, The Fi-Core Workbook, provides easy-to-read, in-depth information on financial core, so you can best decide whether “going fi-core” is right for you as an actor.

Jam-packed with details about financial core status for actors, The Fi-Core Workbook walks you through critical information about what financial core is, and what you losekeep, and gain when you go fi-core as an actor.

In 20 chapters and just over 60 pages, The Fi-Core Workbook shares nearly every angle on financial core compiled over months of careful study, delivering page after page of valuable information on fi-core.

The Fi-Core Workbook is immediately available in PDF format so you can read it on your computer, your Kindle, or other PDF-enabled ereader.  To download it now from Fi-Core Central, visit

Past Episodes of The Acting Income Podcast

In this episode, I reference a couple of earlier episodes of The Acting Income Podcast.


SAG-AFTRA is the performing artist union within which I declared financial core status.  Its Global Rule One prohibits its members from working non-union within its jurisdiction.  The website features a microsite detailing the union’s opinion of financial core, arguing their opinions are definitive facts.

Fi-Core Central

Fi-Core Central is the website I founded to provide better facts for actors about financial core status.  It features the downloadable ebook, The Fi-Core Workbook, which provides a definition of financial core status, what you lose, keep, and gain when you go fi-core, stats on the number of fi-core actors, and information on the implications of going fi-core.

Stand-In Central

Stand-In Central is a website I founded in 2010 where I serve as editor.  The objective of Stand-In Central is to provide hard-to-find information on how to work as a stand-in.  It features a weekly “Tips & Tricks” blog and the downloadable ebook, The Stand-In Handbook, as well as a downloadable glossary, The Callsheet Cheatsheet.

I make a few references to Stand-In Central in the episode.

The Naked Unicorn Podcast

As referenced in the episode, The Naked Unicorn Podcast interviewed Atlanta SAG-AFTRA Local President Ric Reitz about why productions should become SAG-AFTRA signatories.  The webpage for the episode includes the audio, a download link for the episode, and a transcript.

Thank you to Jason Sirotin for permission to use clips from the interview in AIP019.

Actor Self-Submission Websites

Below is a selection of websites on which actors can self-submit for acting work, referenced in the episode.

My Improv Book

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