The Actors Fund
Although the title may be misleading, the Actors Fund is actually for all those involved in film, theatre or performance.
Let’s face it, life gets hard sometimes. Additionally, there are certain elements of difficulty that come with being an artist that
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
“What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
About Actors Fund
Yes, alright, so the idea of using our talents and not letting them go to waste is here to stay.
As it states on their website: “The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.” That is pretty cool. This article aims to make more artists aware of the Actors
Let’s talk a little more about what kind of services the Actors Fund offers. To begin with, free workshops in Burbank, Chicago, L.A. and New York provide artists with an in-person experience lending knowledge, skills, and resources. Workshops cover subjects such as managing cash flow, job searching, underearning, strategies for fighting depression and anxiety, and career assessment. WOW. There are workshops throughout the week at varying times, with many in a single day, so finding one to suit your schedule is a real possibility. If you don’t live in an area where services are offered, another option is that of the online resource page. Here you can search by state, by resource category, or by specific keywords. There is a lot of stuff on there that can be really useful.
The Actors Fund also offers services and information regarding social services and financial assistance, careers, health and health insurance, affordable housing, senior care, finances and money management, and young performer/parenting resources. For instance, Actors Fund hosts a health insurance resource center, through which consultants lend advice to those not covered by an employer or union health plan. These consultations are available nationwide via phone or
How To Donate
Now you may be asking, “This sounds awesome! How can I help out or be involved?” Well, ponderous reader, we read your mind. You can make a donation, become a member or purchase tickets to their special performances and events. The lowest end of membership starts at $25 and includes some special benefits. In regards to other ways of supporting, we’d also suggest calling to see if there are any ways to volunteer or help out locally. You can check out the Actors Fund website at https://actorsfund.org.
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”― Robert Louis Stevenson
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