A Comprehensive Look at SAG-AFTRA


Understanding SAG-AFTRA

An ALL-ONLINE course about SAG-AFTRA (for Actors & Producers)

Learn what you didn't know you didn't know...

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is an integral part of the industry for actors and producers.

It can be extremely difficult to navigate and it’s important to know your rights as an actor, and your responsibilities as a producer.

Catrine McGregor is a Casting Director and Producer who has been in the industry for over 40 years and handles SAG-AFTRA on a daily basis.

Know how SAG-AFTRA operates so that you the actor can benefit, and you the producer can do it right.

Whether you live in a regional or large production market, it is important to arm yourself with this information.

Can you answer these questions?


1. Do you know what it takes to become eligible to join the SAG-AFTRA, and if so, do you know how to join and where (it's different depending on where you live...)
2. Do you have to be a member of the SAG-AFTRA to work as an extra on a feature-film? Do you have to be a member to book a speaking part? (may also depend on where you live...)
3. Do you know what a Taft-Hartley is? Do you know how to get one, what the requirements are?
4. How many speaking roles can you perform in a right-to-work state before you HAVE to join SAG-AFTRA?  
5. Besides your basic contract rate, can you name four things you could be paid for as an actor on a SAG-AFTRA film?
6. Can you name all conditions of a Drop-Pick Up?
7. Do you know how to read a Day-out-of-Days?
If you answered 'NO' to any of these questions, YOU NEED THIS COURSE.

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Remember to put this course on your acting resume once complete!

Included in this course are copies of the following documents, all of which are available for free at sagaftra.org

  • SAG-AFTRA Audition Sign-in Sheet
  • Exhibit G
  • A list of right to work states
  • A sample Day out of Days
  • A sample SAG-AFTRA day player contract
  • A Taft-Hartley 
  • A sample of a SAG-AFTRA signatory agreement 

Watch our video for more information

You won’t regret it!




  • Introduction
  • Sample Documents

The History of SAG-AFTRA


  • History of SAG-AFTRA

Becoming a SAG-AFTRA Member


  • Becoming a SAG-AFTRA Member

SAG-AFTRA Logistics


  • A. Logistics in a Non-Right to Work State
  • B. Logistics in a Right to Work State



  • Residuals



  • Paperwork



  • Contracts



  • Day-out-of-Days




Should I Join SAG-AFTRA?


  • Should I Join SAG-AFTRA
  • Final Quiz
  • Don't forget to add this to your resume!

About Your Instructor

Catrine  McGregor

Catrine McGregor

CSA Casting Director and Producer

Catrine McGregor is an award-winning producer and casting director whose career spans almost forty years and projects ranging from feature films to TV shows to IMAX movies to interactive video games.

McGregor began her career at Disney Studios after receiving her dual Master’s Degrees and Film/TV and Education from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles. She went on to work on Warner Brothers projects as well as many independent films as a producer and casting director. Her actual casting company was started when Robert Redford asked if she would come on board to do the Utah casting on Academy-Award nominee Michael Hoffman film, Promised Land. This project led to dozen more films cast by McGregor Casting, including Salma Hayek and Danny Glover’s directing debuts.

Catrine has cast well over 400 projects, including films, TV, IMAX, commercials, webseries and video games. She is a member of the prestigious CSA (Casting Society of America). During her forty year career in the film industry, Catrine has worked extensively all over the US as well as Europe and Africa. She prides herself in discovering and developing new talent and has done so with many people that you see every day in films and on TV.

What this Course Covers

The History of SAG-AFTRA

Becoming a Member

Non-Right to Work States


Right to Work States

Day out of Days


My agent almost forced me to take this course - I really didn't want to spend the money. I am so thankful. I just didn't realize how much I didn't know and how much I needed to know it.
Anna Actress, Austin, TX
I love my agent, but she just started and she really doesn't know the SAG-AFTRA rules. After watching this course, I got $133 back from her for wardrobe allowance and penalty commissions that I had given her and didn't have to. The money I got back from her paid for the course several times over.
Brent Actor, Philadelphia, PA
I really thought I knew the SAG rules, but I was amazed to find out I didn't know. Thank you for the thoroughness of the course!
Cecelia Producer, Los Angeles, CA


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