Monday, May 20, 2013

Oregon Actors: We Still Need Your Help!

by admin

Our Industry Day at the State Capitol on May 2nd was a huge success, but we still need to keep film and video in the forefront of the legislators’ minds. They are being bombarded with a lot of different interests, and we don’t want to be left out when they finalize the state budget.

So, if you’re an actor in Oregon, if you want to double the amount of film and TV productions shooting in our state, and if you haven’t done this already, we need your help right now. Get out those headshots and resumes and a Sharpie!

Please follow the instructions below and share this page with all the Oregon actors you know.

This is in support of our efforts to expand OPIF, the Oregon Production Incentive Fund, which is responsible for the huge increase in production in Oregon over the past few years. If our bill passes (HB2267), the fund will DOUBLE, meaning twice as much work for all of us. Time is of essence.

Industry Day at the State Capitol, May 2nd, 2013
Industry Day at the State Capitol, May 2nd, 2013

1. Get out TWO headshots and resumes and TWO manila envelopes.

2. Address one of the envelopes to:

Senator Richard Devlin
900 Court St. NE, S-211
Salem, OR 97301

3. Address the other to:

Representative Peter Buckley
900 Court St. NE, H-272
Salem, OR 97301

4. Make sure each of your headshots is stapled back-to-back to your resume.

5. Hand write a truthful personal note about how you have benefited from film & TV production in Oregon.

Write on the resumes themselves or on sticky notes attached to the resumes.

Examples:

  • “Thanks to Grimm, I got braces for my kid. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I’m still receiving residual checks from Twilight. Please support HB2267 and expand our incentive program.”
  • “I haven’t had to move to Hollywood, thanks to Oregon’s film incentive program. Please support HB2267.”
  • “I want to work more in my home state. Please support HB2267 and expand OPIF.”
  • “2012 was Oregon’s busiest year yet for film & TV production. Let’s keep building this clean, green, creative, high-tech industry.”
  • “Look at all the credits on my resume from projects that shot in Oregon! Help build the momentum and expand OPIF. Support HB2267.”

 

OPIF Resume

IMPORTANT: IF YOU LIVE OR WORK IN THE DISTRICTS OF SENATOR DEVLIN (Tualatin and surrounding areas) OR REPRESENTATIVE BUCKLEY (Ashland and surrounding areas), PLEASE SAY SO ON THE APPROPRIATE NOTE.

Devlin’s District Map:

Devlin Map

Buckley’s District Map:

Buckley Map

6. Put one headshot/resume in each envelope.

7. Put $1.12 in postage on each envelope and MAIL THEM NOW.

Senator Devlin and Representative Buckley are co-chairs of the Oregon Legislature’s Ways & Means Committee. Their support of the expansion is critical. We want to bombard their offices with hundreds of headshots and resumes, so that they can see how strong the support is for HB2267.

8. Share this blog post with all of the Oregon actors you know, via social media, email and word of mouth.

Click the share button, copy and paste the URL, or get on the phone now.

PS: If you’re not an actor, but you work in the Oregon film & television industry, you can mail your production resume and a personal note to Devlin and Buckley. Be sure to mention if your home or business are in their districts.

9. Remain in close touch with your state legislators

A few ideas from OMPA to help keep the momentum going from Industry Day:

  • Mail or email a letter in support of HB 2267 to your legislator (a sample letter is posted on the OMPA website). You can find your Oregon legislators’ contact info here
  • If you met with your legislators (or their aides) on May 2nd, please send them a thank-you note and remind them what film and video means to your livelihood
  • Sign up for your state legislator’s email list (some have an opt-in form on their legislative home page; others you can request to join by emailing them directly)
  • Attend your legislator’s Town Hall meeting in your district (check the press releases on the Oregon Legislature website or click News on your legislator’s homepage)
  • Keep the message positive and consider the amount of budget juggling the 90 legislators need to do
  • Any time you make a new interaction with your legislator, let the OMPA know by sending an email to info@ompa.org

Reminder: We want you to contact your STATE legislators about this issue, not your US senator and congressperson!

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. Together we can blow the lid off of Oregon production, creating more jobs for all.

Let’s do this!