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Friday, July 21, 2023 – Do actors make a fair wage?

If they haven’t already, it’s only a matter of time before your favorite TV shows and movies in production go dark because of the ongoing actors and screenwriters strike. You might think of the it as a fight between A-list celebrities and movie moguls who all get paid many millions of dollars. But the SAG-AFTRA union says not even one in six actors clears the $27,460 annual minimum to qualify for the health insurance plan. The strike has put a hold on several Native acting jobs and Native-led productions, not to mention any promotional appearances by union members. We’ll hear from some acting pros about what the issues are and what they’re doing in the meantime.


DezBaa’ (Diné), SAG-AFTRA union actor, WGA union writer, and independent filmmaker

Marcus LaVoi (White Earth Chippewa), actor and an executive producer of Red House