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๐Ÿ“ข 40 Things You Can Do During the Strike! w/ Links ๐Ÿ–‡๏ธ - Let's Navigate Together! ๐Ÿงญ

By Faith Hibbs-Clark



Hello, lovely actors! I've heard from many of you who are understandably concerned about the ongoing writers' strike and now the SAGAFTRA strike. Let's take a moment to reflect on the previous strike and discuss some proactive measures you can take to navigate these uncertain times successfully.


I have compiled a list of 40 things you can do during the strike, complete with links to keep you busy during the strike, so roll up your sleeves and let's get started.


I have been in this industry long enough to remember the last major WGA strike. It took place from November 5, 2007, to February 12, 2008. Disputes over compensation for digital content distribution and residuals for reruns, among other issues, caused the strike. This strike had a significant impact on the entertainment industry, with many television shows experiencing shortened seasons, delays, or cancellations.


Fast forward to now, as the SAG-AFTRA union joins the fight. I believe it is crucial for the SAG-AFTRA union to support the writers' strike, as they share a common goal of fair compensation and working conditions within the entertainment industry. Solidarity between unions can send a powerful message to studios and producers, emphasizing the need for equitable treatment and valuing creative talent.


SAG-AFTRA hasn't initiated a strike since before the union merged in 2012. However, its previous components, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have participated in multiple strikes over the years. The most recent action, a joint strike lasting six months in 2000, marked the longest entertainment industry strike in history.


To get the latest information, I would recommend visiting reputable news sources or the official WGA website for updates and statements from industry leaders. The most important thing you can do right now is to support the union and this cause.


40 Things Actors Can Do to Stay Busy

Complete with Links ๐Ÿ–‡๏ธ

  1. Network with industry professionals: Join professional networking sites like Stage 32 or attend virtual events hosted by organizations such as SAG-AFTRA to connect with fellow actors, directors, and producers. Here are some independent film organizations that actors may consider joining to expand their network, access resources, and gain support. IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) A member-driven organization that supports independent filmmakers through mentorship, networking, and educational programs.Film Independent: Dedicated to promoting and supporting independent filmmakers and artists, offering various resources, including industry events, workshops, and mentorship programs Sundance Institute: Known for its annual Sundance Film Festival, the institute also provides year-round support for independent filmmakers through grants, labs, and Raindance: A UK-based independent film organization offering training courses, networking events, and organizing the Raindance Film Festival. Women in Film: An organization focused on advocating for and advancing the careers of women working in the screen industries, providing resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Austin Film Society: A Texas-based non-profit organization that supports independent filmmakers through grants, screenings, and various educational programs. New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT): A membership organization that supports women in the entertainment industry by providing networking events, workshops, and seminars. The Directors Guild of America (DGA): A labor organization representing the interests of film and television directors, offering support, resources, and advocacy for its members. (https://www.dga.org/) The Producers Guild of America (PGA): A non-profit trade organization representing, protecting, and promoting the interests of producers and the producing team in film, television, and new media.

  2. Create self-produced content: Follow the example of web series like The Guild or High Maintenance and create your own short films or web series. Use platforms like Vimeo or YouTube to showcase your work. "The Guild," created by and starring Felicia Day, gained a large following and helped launch her career. Some actors are even able to utilize these projects to get union eligibility.

  3. Volunteer for student projects: Look for collaboration opportunities on film school websites such as NYU Tisch or USC School of Cinematic Arts or AFI Conservatory or LFS: London Film School or NYFA: New York Film Academy or VFS: Vancouver Film School

  4. Work on your memorization skills: Memorization is a skill that has to be worked on. Try my 28-day self-paced Science of Memorization Course.

  5. Participate in script readings: Join virtual script reading groups on platforms like Meetup or Facebook Groups.

  6. Engage with your fans: Utilize social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to interact with your audience and build a supportive community.

  7. Research upcoming projects: Stay ahead of the curve by researching projects in development on websites like IMDbPro and Production Weekly. Find out what is IN DEVELOPMENT.

  8. Read plays and screenplays: Access scripts through resources like New Play Exchange or SimplyScripts.

  9. Stay connected with your agent or manager: Maintain open communication with your representation using email, phone calls, or video conferencing tools like Zoom, depending on their preference. Ask them for a talent report and analyze the types of jobs you have been getting.

  10. Develop a podcast or YouTube channel: Use podcast hosting platforms like Anchor or Buzzsprout to create audio content, or upload videos to your own YouTube channel.

  11. Attend film festivals and industry events: Participate in virtual or in-person film festivals like Sundance Film Festival or Cannes Film Festival.

  12. Attend the CMFA Film Acting Retreat in France: This is a great time to travel and learn The Acting Science Method without guilt. September 11-19th 2023.

  13. Explore screenwriting: Try your hand at writing or producing by submitting work to competitions like Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition or The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, or The Nicholl Fellowship or Scriptapalooza to gain exposure and recognition.

  14. Practice accent and dialect work: Use resources like IDEA: International Dialects of English Archive to learn and perfect various accents and dialects.

  15. Learn the Acting Science Method: If you have studied other methods, this will be unlike any other method and it is specifically designed for auditioning for films. The Acting Science Method is all about science and is best for actors with high emotional intelligence.

  16. Seek out commercial modeling and print opportunities: Search for commercial modeling and print modeling jobs on websites like Casting Networks or Model Mayhem. Print and modeling work is not in the union's jurisdiction.

  17. Produce and star in your own films: Follow the example of successful self-produced films like Blue Jay or Tangerine, using platforms like FilmFreeway to submit your work to film festivals.

  18. Utilize free filmmaking resources: Take advantage of free online tools like DaVinci Resolve for video editing or Incompetech for royalty-free music.

  19. Attend free industry workshops and panels: Participate in virtual or in-person workshops and panel discussions hosted by organizations like SAG-AFTRA Foundation or The Actors Fund.

  20. Create a demo reel: Compile your best work into a demo reel using video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. Showcase your reel on your website or social media profiles.

  21. Develop a personal brand: Reflect on your unique qualities and strengths as an actor, and create a consistent image and message across your online presence and promotional materials.

  22. Create a mailing list: Build an email list of industry contacts, fans, and supporters using services like Mailchimp or ConvertKit to keep them updated on your projects and achievements.

  23. Get involved with local arts organizations: Volunteer or participate in events organized by local arts councils or theater companies to stay connected and contribute to your community. The Actors' Gang Prison Project or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

  24. Create a professional email signature: Design a professional email signature using tools like WiseStamp or Newoldstamp to include in your correspondence with industry professionals. Be sure to put a link to your IMDB score to boost your ranking.

  25. Research acting grants and scholarships: Explore funding opportunities from organizations like The Princess Grace Foundation or The Actors Fund. The National Endowment for the Arts or Theatre Communications Group to support your acting projects.

  26. Write a personal mission statement: Craft a personal mission statement that outlines your values, goals, and vision as an actor, guiding your decision-making and career choices.

  27. Learn about entertainment law: Familiarize yourself with legal aspects of the industry, such as contracts and intellectual property, through resources like Entertainment Law Resources or The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers.

  28. Explore international acting opportunities: Research acting opportunities in other countries or markets, such as the UK or Canada, and consider expanding your career globally.

  29. Subscribe to industry trade publications: Stay informed on industry news and trends by subscribing to trade publications like The Hollywood Reporter or Backstage.

  30. Learn about film financing: Educate yourself on film financing strategies and resources, such as crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, or explore books like The Film Finance Handbook.

  31. Explore opportunities in animation and motion capture: Research job opportunities in animation and motion capture, using resources like Animation World Network or Motion Capture Society.

  32. Create a one-person show: Write and perform a one-person show, showcasing your unique talents and perspectives, and share it through virtual performances or local venues.

  33. Develop your personal style: Cultivate a personal style that reflects your personality and acting brand, ensuring you make a memorable impression at auditions and industry events.

  34. Participate in 48-hour film challenges: Take part in time-limited film challenges like The 48-Hour Film Project or Four Points Film Project to collaborate with fellow creatives and produce short films.

  35. Create a press kit: Compile a digital press kit containing your headshots, resume, demo reel, and any press coverage to share with industry professionals and media outlets.

  36. Explore opportunities in educational and industrial films: Research job opportunities in educational or industrial films, which can provide valuable experience and income during periods of limited mainstream acting work. You can find out who does them by reaching out to your local production association or film office.

  37. Collaborate on social impact projects: Partner with non-profit organizations or social impact initiatives to use your acting talents for raising awareness or advocating for important causes.

  38. Update and improve your IMDb profile: Set up an IMDb profile to showcase your acting credits and make it easier for industry professionals to find and research your work. Self add any missing projects.

  39. Learn about film distribution: Educate yourself on film distribution strategies through resources like Film Distribution: New Rules for Selling Your Film or Distribution U.

  40. Explore opportunities in virtual reality and immersive theater: Research job opportunities in emerging fields like virtual reality or immersive theater, which can provide unique acting experiences and expand your skill set.

Want to connect with me one-on-one? Schedule a private session so I can help you form a plan to navigate these uncertain times.

In the words of the legendary Sir Michael Caine, "Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath."

Remember this powerful quote from this legendary actor. Like a duck, we may need to appear calm on the surface, but underneath, we're tirelessly working, pushing through the currents.


It's okay to feel worried or anxious. But don't let these feelings deter you from your passion. Keep learning, keep growing, and most importantly, keep acting.


Your dedication and perseverance will see you through these troubled waters. Stay strong, keep paddling, and let's face the future together! ๐Ÿ‘Š


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