A reminder to my fellow SAG-AFTRA members: Our union and foundation have your back.

It’s well known that becoming a SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) member comes with a whole lot of benefits.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the MPPWF (Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund) have activated their Disaster Relief Fund for SAG-AFTRA members and families impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Ida.

If you’re a SAG-AFTRA member who has been affected by Ida, you can go to sagaftra.foundation/disasterrelief for information on how to apply for emergency assistance.

If you be there for your SAG-AFTRA sisters and brothers in urgent need by making a contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund at sagaftra.foundation/donate.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, educational and state-of-the-art resources to SAG-AFTRA members. The Foundation believes that the contributions made to our culture by performing artists are not only valuable, but essential.

The Foundation understands that artists live in a rapidly changing world, and it’s imperative that our actors, voiceover artists, broadcasters, dancers, and other artists understand the evolving industry landscape, are provided the tools necessary to navigate these changes successfully, and are given the opportunity to hone their craft as they continue through their careers.

We know there are ups and downs in the performing arts, and the Foundation is here for SAG-AFTRA members, in good times and bad. Through our assistance programs, we work to ensure that no performer is alone when times get tough.

We also offer opportunities for SAG-AFTRA members to make a difference through our children’s literacy program, Storyline Online, and contributing even further to spreading creative knowledge and inspiration while giving back to our communities.

That’s why the Foundation promotes education and giving back to our communities. We believe that by working together as performers, and with our partners throughout the entertainment industry, we can create a vibrant and progressive creative landscape where performers can discover inspirations and achieve new levels in a safe and supported environment.

Acting is about taking chances and leaping into the unknown, and the Foundation is dedicated to helping performers reach their highest heights while always landing firmly on their feet.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has been recognized among U.S. nonprofits, by both Guidestar and Charity Navigator, for its commitment to accountability and transparency. For donation purposes, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Tax ID is: 95-3967876.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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