Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Today I travelled to Orlando and attended an Actor’s Seminar at the SAK Comedy Club. Speaking and answering questions to a large group of actors were Lori Wyman (Lori Wyman Casting), John Peros (John Peros Casting) and John Lux (Executive Director, Film Florida).
Lori Wyman and John Peros were present to give valuable information about the casting process and answer questions, however, the main reason for the event was to promote the organization, Film Florida, and urge actors to join and get involved. To that end, the Executive Director, John Lux, explained the purpose of the organization and gave us an update on legislation now pending that, if passed, will provide incentives to production companies in the form of rebates to attract more filming to our state.
The yearly cost to join Film Florida is $75.00. I heard that amount compared to many things, the most common among many folks is the cost of a few trips to Starbucks, however, if we use that comparison, we are missing the point.
I will speak for myself only, however, I am sure what applies to me applies to most of my fellow actors.
If I were to add the cost of my SAG-AFTRA dues to my monthly fees paid to IMDb Pro, Casting Networks, and to the cost of keeping my website running, I would come up with a significant sum. Let’s add the cost of headshots as well…they are not cheap...and the cost of ongoing training to keep our instrument tuned. Those costs add up to an amount that makes the yearly cost of membership in Film Florida seem like pocket change. Yet, without the help of Film Florida, all the money spent on dues and other costs will mean little if we don't have films being made in our state.
It’s a no-brainer, my Florida Actor Friends. I joined a year ago. You should, too!
Check out Film Florida by clicking on the link below https://filmflorida.org