Since moving from LA where I began my career as an actor in feature films and then directed episodics for network television, I have met many actors in the Southeast, both union and non-union. It has been my observation that the non-union actors will pretty much take any kind of work at below market wages and without any protections offered by the union. I believe it's a very short sighted approach to a professional career, and of course there is no chance whatsoever to move a career to a higher level without being a union member. I can tell you that producers from Los Angeles and New York view non-union actors as less than professional. If someone's idea of an acting career is to build up vanity credits on IMDB, then by all means, have at it.
I moved from LA last year. I looked up this guy Rose on IMDB, and he looks like a non-union actor with a lot of vanity credits. I'm amazed at how many wannabe actors I've met who are not in SAG-AFTRA. Not cool.
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