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, ...

Tips from the top: How to nail an audition!

February 6, 2014 #MEAAEquity

It’s a perennial question for actors: how do I prepare for an audition?

We asked leading casting directors from Australia and the United States to give us their 10 top tips to help you understand the process and maximise your chances of success.

In this article you will find advice from Mullinars, Tom McSweeney, Anousha Zarkesh, Bonnie Gillepsie, Matt Skrobalak and Kim ...

Manus Island & Media Access

February 6, 2014 #MEAAMedia #pressfreedom

MEAA has regularly sought improved media access to detention centres – as we detail in our annual State of Press Freedom in Australia report .

More recently, MEAA complained of the lack of information flow with regard to the media briefings about Operation Sovereign Borders following the militarisation of customs and immigration activities.

Then on February 4 we wrote to Immigration and ...