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Hey Animation Guild Artists - why not get paid for testing?

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Hey Animation Guild Artists - why not get paid for testing?

Postby Charles » Thu May 23, 2013 4:57 pm

The issue has been going on for year after year after year. Even veteran union artists are required to take tests at union studios for employment consideration.

This has been going on for so long it's utterly ridiculous that you guys haven't addressed the issue.

It's especially bad for storyboard artists. Even your union's president is a board artist and for the past 2 1/2 years of his tenure it's still the same. In fact it's gotten worse!

Check out this entry from your business rep...

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... sting.html

This has been developing over most of his 25 year career as YOUR business rep. What's been done about it besides nothing? That's right... NOTHING.

The solution is simple. Do they want you to work for a day? two days? A week on these tests?

GET PAID FOR THE WORK YOU DO !!!
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Re: Hey Animation Guild Artists - why not get paid for testi

Postby Charles » Thu May 23, 2013 5:17 pm

Guild artists...

Why are your union studios requiring you to take tests and work for free?

Why not invoice them for your time?

Why has it taken 20 years for your union reps to address the ever growing problem?

I'd say it's because you're not facing up to it yourselves.

Check out this email I received today from a Guild artist relating how a local non-union shop handles the situation...

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Speaking of tests, I spoke with an old friend who is now doing freelance for (non union studio). He said they paid him for his test. So they liked him and wanted to hire him doing freelance from home. He said he wasn't able to work from home because he didn't have a Cintiq and the latest software. They installed a system with a cintiq at his home! Non-Union studio, mind you. Very telling about what the union accomplishes. All talk no walk.

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It's time to walk the walk guys. Unless of course you want to continue talking big but taking tests and working for free for the next 20 years like before.

You're plagued by apathy, fear, insecurity and piss poor leadership if it's leadership at all.

You can do something about it but ya gotta get involved.

You have a chance on Tuesday evening May 28 2013 in Burbank at your union's next meeting. Why not attend and give your leaders a good dose of get off your ass and do something about it.

From your business rep...

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Board artists and anybody else who care about this issue should show up 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank next Tuesday night. We'll be talking about the problem. And the REMEDIES.

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... sting.html
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Re: Hey Animation Guild Artists - why not get paid for testi

Postby Charles » Thu May 30, 2013 10:08 pm

Here's the Guild's fearless leader with a report on their last meeting.

Go get em tiger!

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... rship.html
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Re: Hey Animation Guild Artists - why not get paid for testi

Postby Charles » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:39 am

For many years I've been espousing artists to take responsibility for ourselves individually and collectively. Looks like I'm not the only one who feels that way. Here's the lone comment, left anonymously of course, on Hulett's entry on TAG's blog...

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Tests were allowed to take over because of the artists. Now it's up to the artists to refuse those tests to get employed.

If a producer can't figure out if an artist is somewhat capable of handling their show through presenting a portfolio and resume, then that producer is an idiot and shouldn't be trusting their own judgement on the matter. But they should depend on their directors and artists under them who can help give a yay or nay on a particular applicant.

Tests have a small place in the industry; mainly for newcomers who may not have built up a portfolio and resume. For experienced artists, it's merely a humiliating hoop that usually doesn't end up in landing the job. So why do artists still kowtow to such humiliation?

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... rship.html
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Postby SNAKEBITE » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:57 pm

This is why leaders are important. Because most people follow the crowd...and if the crowd is mostly not rocking the boat and is prone to be complacent then you won't see much progress in the empowerment department.

Leaders set the pace. They let the crowd know its back is covered. They initiate and provoke the necessary movement to get the crowd inspired.
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