Message from the Equity president
E kore e mutu aku mihi ki a koutou nā runga anō i te kaupapa o tēnei wiki whakahirahira, arā Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Anei he wero mā koutou - ki te paku mōhio koe ki te kupu Māori, tēna, whiua atu ki te ao, ahakoa kei whea koe, kia rangona ai tēnei reo taketake, tēnei mea ātaahua o te motu nei.
Tino harikoa taku ngākau ki te rongo ētahi o koutou e
kōrero ana i te reo ahakoa he “kia ora” he “atamārie” noa iho. Mā te aha i tēnā! Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.
Nō reira, e hoa mā, kia pai te wiki nei. Tērā pea ka whai wāhi koutou ki ētahi o te mahi a te kaupapa o te wā.
Me maumahara, mā te kōrero e whakaora te reo. Anei he tūhono hei āwhina i a koutou http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/
(seen above with Equity member George Henare performing Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 for Mana magazine)
Lysistrata - 100% Equity
This latest Auckland Theatre Company play opens on 1 August with a fantastic 100% Equity cast of: Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Equity vice-president Cameron Rhodes, Equity board alternate Fasitua Amosa, Sia Trokenheim, Luci Hare, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Andy Grainger, Paul Glover, Amanda Billing, Nomi Cohen, Peter Hayden, and Darien Takle with director Michael Hurst, also an Equity member.
FRUITFUL MEETING WITH NZ ON AIR
Equity held a fruitful meeting with NZ on Air this week to discuss the $100 000 grants for webseries that will be awarded soon. Equity’s concern with low budget productions is that actors must be contracted and paid. No work should be done informally and/or without pay. NZ On Air has published this reminder on their website: “all personnel (actors, directors, crew, writers and others) working on the webseries and pilot episode should be contracted under the industry body approved contract. Please contact each relevant union or guild for a copy of the relevant industry standard contract”.
Equity also calls on all actors working in pilot episodes that will be submitted as grant applications to NZ On Air, to use the Equity-SPADA agreement. It is free of charge to pilot episode producers since the pilot is a no-budget production. Because this contract was not written specifically for webseries, please add this text under Special Conditions: “In the event of this pilot being funded by New Zealand On Air (NZOA) and/or being green lit for further development by any TV network in NZ, or aired on any TV network in NZ, the actor is guaranteed the opportunity to reprise the role they have performed in this pilot”. Protect yourselves by always using a contract when you work, even for one pilot episode.
Actors' wellbeing Study launched!
Equity New Zealand launched the Actors' Wellbeing Study in Auckland at a Green Room meeting last night. Equity calls upon all actors to participate in this research project being conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of Otago in collaboration with Equity New Zealand.
To be an actor is to be open to ideas, to be an adventurer and a risk taker. But is physical, emotional and mental damage the price to be paid for the privilege of being a performing artist, or are there things that can be done to address these issues? While there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence about the effects of the stress and strains of actors’ lives, there is precious little ‘hard data’. The ‘Actors’ Wellbeing Study’ is a world first project that will collect data to determine whether the anecdotes are mere chatter or that these pressures are, in fact, as widespread as suggested.
As an avenue for professional development, Equity would like to be able to support the profession to ensure the complete well being of an actor in terms of their personal health as well as the professional and academic side of their lives. When you fill in the survey, you will be absolutely anonymous. Actors are under no obligation to participate.
For more information, please feel free to contact the research team:
Equity Green Room - 12 July 2015 - The Basement Theatre
AUDITIONING FOR UNFUNDED PRODUCTIONS
Increasingly, actors are asked to audition for unfunded productions, including pilot episodes. Equity does not advise auditioning for these projects. It is Equity's position that professional work should be paid, and subject to contract. Any contract for a role in a pilot should guarantee the right of continuance in that role should the series go ahead. Equity is aware that on occasion groups of friends collaborate creatively for possible projects, however evidence shows that even in these cases actors are usually paid something, and almost exclusively use contracts. Equity cautions against working gratis for possible future remuneration as it cannot condone the erosion of hard-won industry contractual and legal standards.