André Givogue Full ACTRA

André Givogue is now full ACTRA member

Since 2005, ever since André Givogue realized that ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists) was the union for all the professionals in the acting and stunts industry, André Givogue made a personal goal to join the union so he can perform amongst other professionals and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.


The decision to embark on a career performing as an ACTRA member is not one to be taken lightly. Performing is a challenging profession that requires discipline, continuous training and lots of hard work.


So why would he join the union in the first place? Put yourself in his shoes and consider this.


When you’re part of ACTRA, you’re part of the strongest, full-service cultural union in Canada. Think of it like a 21,000-strong family that’s got your back.


ACTRA has negotiated some of the strongest collective agreements for performers in the world and they stand together to make sure engagers deliver the pay and protections that you’d be promised.


There are many good reasons to be part of the union and ‘work ACTRA’ – here are six:


Better pay
When you work ACTRA you’re not only guaranteed a minimum fee, once you’ve shot the production and however the production is used, you’re paid for your work. Since 1983 ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society (PRS) has paid out millions in use fees, royalties, residuals and all other forms of compensation or remuneration to which ACTRA members and permit holders are entitled.


Retirement benefits
By working ACTRA, you’re actually putting away money for your retirement. Every time you work, both the producer and you contribute to your personal RRSP at Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). That’s a real bonus since over 60% of Canadians aren’t covered by any retirement pension plan.

Each time you work under an ACTRA contract, a portion of your earnings are remitted to AFBS to be put into your own individual retirement savings plan. Thanks to their negotiated collective agreements, producers contribute more than double what you do. AFBS then invests those funds wisely on your behalf to ensure a positive return for you when you retire.


Health benefits
When you work ACTRA, you have access to a full range of health benefits provided by AFBS. In addition to extended medical, dental and eye care, AFBS provides health benefits for retirement facilities, home care and assistance support, special needs, prolonged illness, extended disabilities, addiction treatment, and funerals. And the coverage is not just for you, but may also include your spouse/partner, and any dependent children.


Work opportunities
When you work ACTRA you’re considered a professional performer by the film, television and digital media industry. Compared to all other non-union performers, you’ll enjoy preference of engagement with producers. You’ll have access to training programs where you can meet other professionals and learn the inside track of the acting world from how to land the audition, to working with your agent, to managing your finances.

ACTRA’s agreements cover all audio-visual productions and offer a number of incentive programs for lower-budget Canadian productions too!


Intervention when there’s trouble
Their 11 collective agreements establish minimum fees, terms and working conditions on behalf of members working in the audio-visual industry. These agreements do more than make sure you get paid a fair wage; they make sure you are protected every time you step on a set. We’ve got rules covering health and safety, work hours, set conditions, nudity, and harassment. ACTRA is especially proud of our rules protecting young performers.

Got a problem on set? Call ACTRA! They are there to protect you.


Fighting for the performers’ culture
When you work ACTRA, you’ll be a member of one of Canada’s leading cultural organizations. Their union is a vocal advocate for the arts and the right for Canadians to have opportunities to tell and see their own stories. Through ongoing media and lobbying campaigns that target all levels of government, ACTRA speaks out for the development and protection of Canadian culture, a strong film, television and digital media industry, and increased work opportunities for members.


Being a member of ACTRA means André Givogue is now considered a professional, and being a professional brings special rights and some responsibilities.


ACTRA LogoRights
ACTRA Members’ professional rights include:

  1. the right to a fair wage.
  2. the right to compensation for use of the performers’ image and performance.
  3. the right to safe and acceptable working conditions.
  4. the right to artistic freedom.
  5. the right to maintain control over artistic output.
  6. the right to be treated respectfully as an integral component of the production industry and as a contributing member of the Canadian cultural fabric.


In order to maintain the strength of ACTRA’s collective agreements members must maintain their solidarity as a union. By becoming an ACTRA Member André Givogue is committing to respect all of the rules in their Bylaws as at May 10 2010 and Constitution. André can only work on an ACTRA contract under one of their collective agreements, and must only work with performers who are also ACTRA Members in good standing or otherwise qualified by ACTRA. André Givogue also cannot work for a fee or under conditions less than the minimum set out in the relevant agreement.


When producers and agents ask members to work non-union, they are asking them to work for less and say no to member’s pension. They are telling members that they don’t deserve health benefits. They are saying they don’t need to be protected from onset accidents and harassment. They are undermining ACTRA. They are undervaluing ACTRA’s members. This is why André Givogue can only work with fellow-professional performers and ‘work ACTRA.’


Congratulations to André Givogue
Today December 8th, 2010 is the day that André Givogue officially joins the union (ACTRA). He has shown determination and dedication to his craft which allowed him to get all his credits required to be one of them.


If you have the passion to be a performer and are willing to make the commitment, there are three ways that a performer can become a member of ACTRA. Visit the ACTRA website to read more about the “three ways that a performer can become a member of ACTRA”.


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