Posted by Kevin on March 09, 2000 at 23:56:23:
In Reply to: Re: Adventures In Broadband posted by SNAKEBITE on March 09, 2000 at 15:35:20:
: : I'm sure this is probably something everyone, including Snakebite, already know, but just in case: union membership is never an issue in being hired at a union studio. Studios don't ask about it, and the union has no influence on who a producer decides to hire. Besides, you can't can't just go out and join the union. You get hired at a union studio, at which time you are automatically in the union (yep, whether you like it or not). I think Snakebite was just being playful, but just wanted anyone who's lurking to know that you don't need to be in the union to get a union job (unlike many industries).
: Yes I was being playful, more like sarcastic, but from my experience, and maybe its just that Im so damn pretty, I've experienced a few times that the producer loved my work, but when they found out I wasn't a Union member they said they couldn't hire unless i joined, MGM was one of them. Maybe it was just me, it sure as hell wasn't the quality of my work, but maybe I've experienced some jerks that were player haters, i certainly don't want to discourage anyone but I can only speak from experience.
SB, this makes no sense to me. I don't think you can just join the union. If union studios had the policy that you couldn't be hired without already being in the union, then NO one could ever join the union again. The union would be closed to new membership. The union sure doesn't want that, hence their policy. My hunch is that the opposite is more likely, i.e., that a nonunion shop would be reluctant to hire a union member, since the union animator might be more likely to sign the rep card. BTW, what's a "player hater"?
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