Hollywood: What to know before you go

March 25, 2014 #MEAAEquity

If you’re thinking of taking a crack at Hollywood, LA-based talent scout Jason Siner has a few words of advice: accept that you’re a product and market yourself accordingly

Next year, hundreds of Australian actors will travel to Los Angeles to join more than 200,000 other hopefuls attempting to pursue an on-camera career in Hollywood. Most will fail. All too many ...

Women still significantly under-represented on big screen

March 25, 2014 #MEAAEquity

While accepting her Oscar Equity member Cate Blanchett used her speech to encourage Hollywood to make more films with “women at the centre”.

“Audiences want to see them. In fact, they earn money,” the Blue Jasmine star said while a television audience of over 40 million watched on.

Blanchett’s comments that films about women are still seen as “niche” appear to be ...

Billy Bragg backs Opera House crew

March 24, 2014 #MEAACrew

British singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg met with MEAA members in March to show his support for their  ‘House Proud’ campaign.

The back and front-of-house staff who work at Australia’s most iconic building have been running the campaign since last year in a bid to protect and improve their pay and conditions. In December they secured a pay rise despite ...

The beginner’s guide to being a freelancer

March 24, 2014 #Freelance #MEAAMedia

This article was originally published in The Walkley Magazine.

With news companies shrugging off full-time jobs, tomorrow belongs to freelancers, says Leon Gettler. Here are his rules to success

The freelancer life is liberating. Not having to put up with idiots and office politics is the best working environment there is. Do it for a few years ...

Equity honours industry stalwarts at gala ceremony

March 10, 2014 #MEAAEquity

One of Australian show biz’s favourite couples, Jill Perryman and Kevan Johnston, have been proud members of the Equity section of MEAA since they began their careers as performers  more than five decades ago.

The Equity Foundation bestowed their most recent Lifetime Achievement Award on the couple at gala ceremony in Melbourne featuring performances by Todd McKenney, Bert and Patti Newton, ...