In the end, of course, this question is the one only you can answer. If it’s worth it to you, to open up the opportunity to work in a lot more projects, some big, some small, well-paid, low paid and unpaid, with excellent production value on some and amateur-hour quality on others in an effort to continue working, building a resume and a reputation and experience that will hopefully give you a kick-start into bigger, better Union gigs and a life-long acting career then… it’s worth it.
But, if it’s not worth your time and trouble to anger the Union, draw the ire of your pro-Union acting friends, weed through all the low-paid, unpaid and just plain garbage projects on the casting websites, run the risk of alienating staunchly pro-Union producers, directors, agents etc. and have to defend your decision and explain your status every now and then to a newbie casting director, then… it’s not.
I hope I’ve provided answers and insight to all your questions regarding this very controversial subject. If you have other questions, leave them in the comments section and I will try to provide further information if I can. Please feel free to share your own insights, experiences or even disagreements, if you have any, with my evaluations on the subject.
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