What Are Acting Agreement

If you are an actor who belongs to a union, the contracts you are considering are likely to be different from other agreements in the industry. That`s because your union can often claim some sort of “power” over the hiring part and provide you, the artist, with a near-safety net, says John J. Tormey III, Esq., an entertainment lawyer in New York City. The two main unions are the Actors` Equity Association (AEA), which mainly represents live theatrical performances, and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which focuses primarily on film and television. Both negotiate contracts for members based on production and budget, as well as the role itself (for example, AEA negotiates categories such as principal, choir, and stage manager).