AIP007 | How Going Fi-Core Affected My Acting Career – with Ricardo Lori

Update: For additional information on financial core status, listen to Episode 9, Episode 19, and Episode 28. Also, be sure to download The Fi-Core Workbook and check out other resources from Fi-Core Central.

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Actor Ricardo Lori talks with Ben Hauck about his experiences working as a financial core actor. In the interview, Ricardo shares what motivated his move to “go fi-core” and how he went about declaring the status to his union, SAG-AFTRA. He explains what he gained and what he lost in becoming a “fee-paying non-member,” and what changes when you submit, audition, and work as a fi-core actor. Ricardo also covers why you should or shouldn’t declare financial core status, even detailing what it would take for him to re-join the union. Ben introduces the interview with information on the history of the term “financial core” and how it is a right backed by the United States Supreme Court.

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Ricardo Lori’s Bio
Ricardo Lori
Ricardo Lori

Ricardo Lori was born and raised in Connecticut and is a working actor currently living in New York City. He’s studied at Atlantic Acting School and Stella Adler. After leaving acting for 6 years to work in corporate America, he realized his passions were still with acting. Ricardo works daily to make his passions a reality in the world of film and television.

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