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Union 101

with Pilar Uribe

To join or not to join, that is the question. Anne & Pilar delve deep into how union & non-union work has shaped their careers. They discuss the biz before SAG and AFTRA merged, jobs in right-to-work states, and changes in work accessibility due to tech advances and the pandemic. Joining the union is a very personal choice, and depends on where you live and what genres you wish to work in. Learn from Pilar as she shares her journey to joining the union + Anne who explains her reasons for remaining non-union, so you can make the best choice for you like a #VOBOSS.

In this episode, Anne & Pilar discuss the pros & cons of joining a union + Pilar shares her journey to becoming a member of SAG-AFTRA.

"Unions protect workers." - Pilar Uribe

About Pilar Uribe

Pilar Uribe is a bilingual voice actor, telenovela star, and radio personality. Born and raised in New York City, she broke into show business with roles in Yo Soy Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty), Pobre Pablo, and El Cartel, filmed in Colombia and Miami. She recorded and produced for WLRN Miami-South Florida and now lives in Los Angeles, where she records voice over for television, radio, and films.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Unions are made to protect & advocate for workers.

  2. AFTRA = American Federation of Television & Radio Artists

  3. SAG = Screen Actors Guild

  4. "Right-to-Work state" means no individual in that state can be forced to join a labor union

  5. In Right-to-Work states, union contracts are applicable to all workers, union or non-union.

  6. In 2012, SAG and AFTRA merged, making SAG-AFTRA.

  7. Tech advances changed how much & what kind of union or non-union work is available.

  8. Agents will help you find + book work based on your union status. #VOBOSS

  9. Work with paymasters to be sure you’re paid properly.

  10. Union vs. Non-Union is a personal decision, and has a lot to do with where you live + the genres you regularly work in. #VOBOSS

"It's always nice to have somebody on your team fighting for you and establishing ground rules." - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Recorded on ipDTL - get it here >>
Get involved with 100voiceswhocare >>
Learn more about SAG-AFTRA >>


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