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Days late, dollars short...

...and with little of my own to say. But it felt weird not to say something. So I'm going to go with a few links that you've probably seen everywhere already.

And maybe wing a few extra bucks in the direction of the Actors Fund. Which is a habit I should be better at anyway, because while I may envy those who make their full-time living in my craft, it is ever and always a precarious one. And my choice to mortgage myself to Office of Doom forty hours a week can't work for everybody.

If there's anyone reading this who hasn't already seen Joss' post on Whedonesque, it could only be because you've been entirely offline for a week or more, but it hit a particular nerve with me by invoking the spectre of the "your work isn't really work" attitude. (Want to get your fill of that before your eighteenth birthday? Major in theatre on a National Merit Scholarship.)

I can't keep up with the traffic on wga_supporters but there's all kinds of great stuff there.

I'm sure Denis McGrath is far from the only industry pro blogging at a breakneck pace about the various developments, but he happens to be the one I read regularly, and has both some great links and some handy insights of his own from his vantage point in Canada, where no, they're not pouncing on their colleagues' fight as a windfall, TYVM; blowing the whistle on faulty analogies; and adding his chisel to those chipping at the "rich writer" myth.

Now to read around and catch up on the IATSE strike. First impression: Dude, if it's my head a lighting instrument might fall on? You better believe I'm going to go with the opinion of the people whose job it is to put it there as to how many of them are needed to make it safe.



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Nov. 12th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
I made my first WGA icon. I may have to rework it, because it a little too busy, but I'm using it for the time being.
Nov. 12th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Nov. 13th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
the spectre of the "your work isn't really work" attitude

Me, I have a very simple definition of "work". If someone is paying you to do it, it's work. Doesn't matter if it's hauling 100 pound sacks of grain around or sitting in the new cafe sipping a latte and looking trendy to convince customers it's a Cool Place To Hang Out. "You're being paid" = work. Full stop.
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
I see your point on that one, except that it's too easy for it to be twisted to serve the mentality that certain things don't warrant being paid. It places the designation of it as work in the hands of those doing the paying.

So I have to add the corollary: If someone is making money because you're doing it (and you're not the consumer), it's work.

Edited at 2007-11-13 01:24 pm (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Amendation accepted. That has the added advantage of moving a lot of volunteer activity into the "work" category, which I agree with. Running a bake sale to buy new playground equipment for your local school is just as much "work" as putting in an 8 hour day managing the local bakery. Probably more!

I was thinking more of the distinction between hobbies, (IE: something you do because you enjoy it) and work you're doing at least in part because of the financial incentive.

I (usually) enjoy my job and think it's an important and worthwhile thing to do, but there's no way I'd do it every day if I wasn't paid for it, even if the "making a living" thing was taken out of the picture. I'm pretty sure the striking writers and stagehands would say the same, if asked.

(Not so sure about you crazy actor types. ;-) )
Nov. 13th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know, I did a theatre major on a scholarship, and I was darn glad no one could accuse me of wasting my parents' money (just the university's, heh heh heh...). :-)
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was wasting both. Along with my intelligence. And taking up space in an honors dorm while I was at it, when clearly I wasn't doing anything to justify it. *eyeroll*

Needless to say, it got OLD.
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