16 January 2013 10:55 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When actors sign with a talent agency that is not franchised by SAG-AFTRA, they are often asked to sign a general services agreement, or Gsa, instead of the union’s standard franchised contract. To educate its members about the differences and potential pitfalls of these agreements, SAG-AFTRA is hosting another bi-coastal seminar Wednesday, Jan. 23, for members in Los Angeles and New York.The seminar is intended to help “any member having trouble making sense of the complicated legal language contained in the GSAs that their agents have provided them,” SAG-AFTRA states.According to the union, “These Gsa contracts are signed outside of SAG-AFTRA’s protection, and it is imperative that members have a working knowledge of what these contracts say before signing them—your professional future and your income may depend on it.”The meeting will be held concurrently in L.A. and New York, from noon–2:30 p. »

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