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The Business Of Acting: What Are Unions & Guilds
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So, what's the difference of being in the union vs. not being in a union.  Well, the basic difference is that union actors, make more money and are protected by union regulations such as amount of work in a day, insurance etc..

But really there are a many other benefits of being part of the Actor's unions.  The unions really help you to structure your business.  From insurance, to pay, to pensions, investing and even contracts - the unions protect actors in all aspects of the business of acting.

If you're looking on how to Join SAG - you should read this article.

Here are a list of the major unions for the entertainment business.

The Screen Actor's Guild - SAG

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists - AFTRA

Directors Guild of America

Producers Guild of America

Writers Guild of America

The National Association of Television Programming Executives - NATPE

The Society of Operating Cameramen

The Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers

Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers

American Association of Producers

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