What does SAG and non SAG mean?

When I look up audtions for acting it says SAG or non SAG what does that mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    SAG means Screen Actors Guild. Non-SAG means that you are non-union.

    SAG and AFTRA are two of the major unions that you will eventually have to be a part of if you want to be a serious film/tv actor. SAG deals with film, most of the TV shows, and commercials. AFTRA deals with TV shows, namely Sitcoms and Soaps, Game shows, and radio.

    AFTRA is an open union in that you can join just by giving them $1600. However, I do NOT recommend joining AFTRA until you have to. If you book an AFTRA job you will have 30 days to work as many AFTRA jobs as you want without having to pay $1600. After the 30 days, you are a must join the next time you book an AFTRA job. Join then.

    You can be SAG eligible by one of these ways:

    1. As a non-union actor, you can audition for a SAG project and if you nail the audition, you can be SAG elgiible.

    2. If you join a sister union like AFTRA or Equity and get at least one principal speaking role in an AFTRA project or appear on a gameshow, you are now eligible a year after joining AFTRA.

    NOTE: Just joining AFTRA and being a member for a year alone does NOT make you SAG eligible! You HAVE to get at least one speaking part on an AFTRA show within the year of joining.

    3. You can get lucky and get 3 SAG vouchers from doing Extra Work.

    SAG Eligible means that you can now join by giving SAG around $2400 (it's this much in California)

    Being SAG/AFTRA:

    Pros:

    -All of the major films, most of the major tv shows, and commercials are SAG. You must be SAG to regularly work those shows. AFTRA deals with a lot of the TV shows and anything Radio.

    -higher pay and residuals.

    -Free movies

    -Can vote on union issues

    -Protection from the union. ie. poor set conditions/treatment, etc.

    -Health insurance benefits

    -SAG Conservatory

    Cons:

    -If you join too early, it will be very difficult for you as an actor.

    -Fewer jobs

    -Politics

    -Dues

    -Can't do any non-union stuff

    Source(s): LA Actor who is giving you the REAL DEAL
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  • 4 years ago

    Sag Definition

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  • 1 decade ago

    AFTRA is the Canadian version of SAG. SAG: Screen Actors Guild.

    You won't be hired for SAG roles without an SAG card, b/c the producers can be fined up to $1500 for hiring a nonunion actor or actress.

    There are specific requirements to fulfill in order to obtain an SAG card, and the following web site goes into considerable detail about how to accomplish that goal.

    http://www.hollywoodaccess.com/sag.htm

    Source(s): My friend is a successful professional actor. Very successful. He suggested I give you the link, b/c the site provides detailed and clear instruction on obtaining an SAG membership card. And he wishes you good luck.
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  • 1 decade ago

    SAG is the Screen Actors Guild, the union for professional movie actors. A SAG audition is open only to union members. A non-SAG audition is open to actors who aren't members of the union.

    • Becky Boyd6 years agoReport

      http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/why-non-union-actors-should-submit-union-projects/

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  • 1 decade ago

    Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing over 200,000 film and television principal performers and background performers worldwide.

    I guess non SAG means that hes not a member in the union!!

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  • Paul L
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    1 decade ago

    Screen Actors Guild is one of the two major acting unions. The other is AFTRA, the American Federation of television and Radio Artists.

    The auditions are probably saying that you must (or must not) be a SAG member .

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  • 1 decade ago

    Screen Actors Guild union. www.sag.org

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  • 1 decade ago

    http://www.sag.org/

    Basically, union or non-union actors.

    SAG is the actors' and actresses' union.

    Most productions require that you have a SAG membership card.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Spinach and no spinach.

    Seriously? Screen Actors Guild.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    screen actors guild

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