An Actors Union Is Trying To Ban Hotel Room Auditions And We Could Not Agree More

SAG-AFTRA have released guidelines around where meetings should be hel

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It’s been six months since (which he vehemently denies) became public and it's debatable whether any real change has been made.

While on the one hand, there has been an undeniable groundswell of feminist good faith and sisterhood - the in donation and people have felt empowered to publicly detail their stories of abuse - the courts are still lagging behind. rape trial, and could be seen as evidence that, whilst the court of public opinion has changed, not much else has.

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One of the groups attempting to enforce tangible change is , the US’ actors' union.

has reported that they have issued new guidelines in the hope of protecting performers during the ever-vulnerable audition setting.

As years of 'casting couch' accusations demonstrate, actors (and others) being invited into a private space by someone with infinitely more power (perceived or otherwise) than them, to discuss 'work opportunities' can have devastating outcomes. And whilst it is of course the job of the abuser to police themselves, changing the setting of professional meetings into professional spaces may well be a step in the right direction.

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The official guidelines read:

We call on producers and other decision makers with influence or control over decisions that can impact a career, to STOP holding professional meetings in these high-risk locations and find alternative, appropriate locations for professional meetings. Furthermore, we call on SAG-AFTRA members and their representatives to STOP agreeing to professional meetings in these high-risk locations

A note is added that if a private room is all that is available, ‘support peers’ should be encouraged to join.

Of course there is systemic issue at hand here, wherein people knowingly or unknowingly wield their power for sexual gratification. This will only end once age-old structures of power are dismantled and consent is taken seriously.

However, in the mean time, these kinds of guidelines are exactly the kind of palpable change we need to end workplace abuse.

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