Re: Agenda?

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Posted by Charles on March 22, 2000 at 23:01:14:

In Reply to: Agenda? posted by Art on March 22, 2000 at 13:41:27:

Is it really necessary? Why does there have to be an agenda? If an agenda isn't spelled out for you, why would it keep you from attending?

Last year, the meeting just flowed. There was no predefined agenda. I walked up to an open microphone after we got things going and I spoke my mind. I had no speech prepared. I was followed by dozens of other speakers who did the same thing. It was a positive, productive, refreshing experience for everyone who attended, especially the ones who chose to say something.

I've invited several people who are prominent in animation to speak. Last year, most of the ones who attended didn't say anything. The great speeches were made by the rank and file. It was their words that made the meeting memorable.

The goal of the meeting is to get animation artists in one place during working hours as an exercise in defiance if nothing else, and to initiate a dialogue between denominations. Union and non-union, independents and studio artists, etc.

As I stated before, we are the agenda. Among the issues that I personally plan on addressing are the progress that we've made as a community since last year's meeting. I want to work towards further dismantling any ideological barriers that exist between Union and non-union concerns. I'd like to see the faces behind the names of those who've been leaving messages here. I want to celebrate the new technological era that we're entering into which will someday lead to new studios here in LA and elsewhere which will be owned and operated by animation artists and be in genuine competition with the mega studios.

I want to work towards a future where the industry is controlled by artists who employ bean counters, not the other way around and I want to get to a microphone in front of my peers and publicly proclaim it if nothing else. I want to see an industry where more animation artists can enjoy some stability in their employment than what most currently experience today. That's my agenda. What's yours?

A fellow named Graham listed the following subjects a few weeks ago when I announced this year's meeting.

: Current State of the Industry
: Runaway Production
: General shift in employment
: Feature
: TV
: Shorts
: Internet
: Independant Contractors
: Foreign Contractors

: Success Stories
: Personal Employment/Artistic Goals not met, why, and how they can be met
: Job Opportunities
: Training Opportunites
: General Bitch Session

So pick a subject that you feel strongly about and address the issue. It'll get to the parties if that's your target. Your message will get to other people as well. Who knows how your words may influence others? You could wind up being singularly responsible for influencing a great deal of people.

I met lots of artists at last year's meeting. I've grown to become good friends with a couple of them, to the point where a mutually professional relationship was established. It wouldn't of happened had it not been for that singular event.

So pick a subject that you feel strongly about, Art, come on down and share your input. If you just want to observe, that's fine too. If you want to pass on it, that's your decision.

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