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How To Get Into the Screen Actors Guild

The Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, is a labor union with over 100,000 members. If you’re a performer in TV, films, or commercials, here’s how to join.


  • Step 1: Search SAG database Search the Screen Actors Guild web site’s signatory database for your employer.
  • TIP: Search for SAG agreements within 3 years before or after your date of employment.
  • Step 2: Locate proof of employment Locate your proof of employment, such as a signed contract for a SAG signatory production. The contract should include your name, social security number, the title of the production, your salary, and the dates you worked.
  • TIP: Submit original paycheck stubs or an original payroll company report if you can’t find your contract.
  • Step 3: Mail proof of employment Mail your documents to the Screen Actors Guild office. Find the address on their web site.
  • Step 4: Call the SAG office Call the main SAG office for an interview if you’ve determined that you meet membership eligibility.
  • Step 5: Pay initiation fee and first dues installment Pay the initiation fee plus the first dues installment by cashier's check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. You're now a member!
  • FACT: Did you know? James Cagney and Groucho Marx were among the first actors to join the Screen Actors Guild in 1933.

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • Proof of employment
  • Money for the initiation fee
  • The first dues payment

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