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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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 lose, keep, 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 http://ficorecentral.com/workbook.
Past Episodes of The Acting Income Podcast
In this episode, I reference a couple of earlier episodes of The Acting Income Podcast.
- AIP007 | How Going Fi-Core Affected My Acting Career – with Ricardo Lori
- AIP010 | My Recap of Episodes 1 through 9
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.
- SAG-AFTRA – http://sagaftra.org
- Global Rule One – http://www.sagaftra.org/production-center/globalruleone
- “BestInTheBiz” Campaign (Commercials Organizing & Recapture Initiative) – http://www.sagaftra.org/BestInTheBiz
- “BestInTheBiz” Toolkit – http://www.sagaftra.org/BestInTheBiz/toolkit
- SAG-AFTRA Fi-Core microsite – http://www.sagaftra.org/financial-core
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.
- Fi-Core Central – http://ficorecentral.com
- The Fi-Core Workbook: A Guide for the Screen Actor Deciding Whether to Declare Financial Core Status – http://ficorecentral.com/workbook
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.
- Stand-In Central – http://standincentral.com
- The Stand-In Handbook – http://standincentral.com/handbook
- The Callsheet Cheatsheet – http://standincentral.com/cheatsheet
- “Why I Voted “No” on the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Network Television Code Referendum” – http://standincentral.com/2015/01/07/why-i-voted-no-on-the-2014-sag-aftra-network-television-code-referendum/
- “The Hazards of Drones and Other Remotely Piloted Aerial Cameras When Working as a Stand-In” – http://standincentral.com/2015/04/29/the-hazards-of-drones-and-other-remotely-piloted-aerial-cameras-when-working-as-a-stand-in/
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.
- Episode #1 – “How SAG Works for Better or Worse” – http://www.ecgprod.com/how-sag-works-for-better-or-worse-podcast/
- Download Episode #1 on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-sag-works-for-better-or/id936967265?i=322218004&mt=2
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
My book on improv titled Long-Form Improv: The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds was published by Allworth Press in 2012, and is available in stores at Barnes & Noble as well as online at Amazon. It is also available in Kindle and Nook formats.
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