If you are a union player, the contracts you are considering are probably different from other industry agreements. That`s because your union can often claim some sort of “power” over the party that hires and offer you a near-safety net, the actor, says John J. Tormey III, Esq. an entertainment lawyer in New York. 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, Chor, and Stage Manager). What are non-union contracts? As a rule, they are closer to most interprofessional agreements – as there is no interprofessional group that wants to be attentive to your best interests, the risk is more general. That is why, in any case, it is important to be very clear about the agreement you are entering into. For example, if you sign a contract to be part of a tour production, you need to make sure that factors such as transportation, hotel stays, and meals are taken into account. Beware of short contracts – they are probably absent from important provisions and suggest that the production company may not be as legitimate or experienced as you might think. “Everything under both sides is suspicious,” Romano says.
And if you`re a member of the union, don`t be discouraged by the idea that this is a standard union contract, to read with a skeptical eye. Sometimes companies add “riders” – additions at the end of a contract – to change the agreement. And after signing a contract? Be sure to get a final copy of the agreement after it has been signed by you and the other party. Never forget that you will always be the most trustworthy person who will be attentive to your own interests. It`s important to do some research, be attentive, make sure you understand everything that`s going on, and not be afraid to ask tough questions. Try to avoid so-called “eternal” obligations (essentially forever) by giving away your intellectual property, making promises you can`t keep, and doing business where you`re only paid a posteriori, Tormey says. An important piece of advice I received at the beginning was to make sure you read your contract carefully and ask someone else to scan it. someone you trust and whose opinion you respect. .