The Screen Actors Guild was created in 1937 to protect actors, to negotiate for them and to look out for their welfare. Has the Guild fulfilled that promise?
Working conditions are better than they were in the 1930s, especially for children. Studio teachers are required on set in California to look out for the welfare of children and child actor safety is a priority. However, they don’t always follow up on child safety measures that have been passed through child actor legislation, like protecting children from child abuse. But the AFTRA merger allowed them to go with the Uptown Agreement and contracts are required to be signed before a child even books the role. Dues are high and most children don’t earn enough every year to remain vested in healthcare. Commercial and new media contracts are weak.
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