Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Playgoer: Why Actors Have Unions:

It actually does remind me of what one reads about how all actors were treated in theatre pre-Equity, in film pre-SAG, and in TV & Radio pre-AFTRA. With nothing constraining producers from inhumane treatment to get the result they want, and actors desperate for work (as desperate as these "contestants" are for fame) the danger of gross exploitation is always present.

The rationalizations of some of the more successful participants could easily be said by many a hoofer taking a non-Equity tour gig, or thespians suffering through "semi-pro" summer Shakespeare fests.