Monthly Archives: May 2019

TAG’s Inaugural Free Portfolio Day

Alexandra Drosu / May 21, 2019

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Thank you to all of those who volunteered for the first-ever portfolio day! The event went off without a hitch thanks to the planning prowess of Jake Hollander and Crystal Kan. And those being reviewed expressed sincere gratitude for the opportunity to receive feedback (for free!) from working professionals. Congrats on a successful event!    …

Member Spotlight: Pat Marconett

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Marconett will be presenting his artwork as part of a collective show next month at Gallery 839, featuring work by artists teaching at CGMA, and opening on June 8th. Aside from teaching, Marconett works as a background designer mainly at Disney TV on Big Hero 6 and Sofia the First. Here, we take a moment…

Are you eligible for OPTUM services?

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OPTUM is a program offered through the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan that includes behavioral health, Member Assistance Program (MAP) and WorkLife services. You only have access to OPTUM if you have chosen MPI PPO as your healthcare provider. If you currently have Kaiser,  you DO NOT have access to OPTUM and must…

TAG’s inaugural Portfolio Review Day is almost here!

Alexandra Drosu / May 6, 2019

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The Animation Guild’s inaugural Portfolio Review Day has been a labor of love organized by storyboard artists Jake Hollander and Crystal Kan. “Jake and I organized the event because we were frustrated with certain events and organizations that prey on animation students’ aspirations and dreams to join our industry,” says Kan. “So we made a…

Member Spotlight: Kris Mukai

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If you received an email announcing the Animation Guild’s inaugural Zinefest, you’ve see Kris Mukai’s work. An active member at the Guild, Mukai currently works as a writer on We Bare Bears, and will be showcasing some of her comics at the Zinefest on June 28th. But you can see here work before then at  hikrismukai.com….

Meet Leslie Simmons

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With almost 4,700 artists, writers and technicians under Local 839’s jurisdiction, the Executive Board determined that our growing membership needs more staff to serve them in the field. Our recent search for a Field Representative yielded several incredibly qualified and great candidates, including Leslie Simmons, who will now work alongside Steve Kaplan to ensure our…

Make a Pact with our PAC

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What is a PAC? A Political Action Committee is a federally-regulated account created for the purposes of raising and spending money to help elect or defeat candidates or oppose legislation seeking to undermine labor rights and interests. In 1943 Congress passed the Smith Connally Act as an effort to deny a union’s ability to financially…

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