In case you don’t think the loss of film work in Texas is at the critical point, read on. If you just haven’t been paying close attention to the situation so far, read on. If you’re trying to figure out what little ‘ol YOU can do to help change the situation, read on.
My agent, Heather Collier sent out the following email to her clients today to urge participation in the upcoming TXMPA legislative days. It’s a little long, but I think you’ll get a sense of the urgency of the situation. The email also contains instructions on how all of us who value Texas film business can get involved.
So I really need your help. Actually, the Texas Film Industry needs your
help. Here is your call to action!!!!!
I know, you all are tired of the emails. But let me tell you, you may not
have anything to audition for anytime soon if these incentives do not pass
with funding! I’m serious. There are very few projects on the horizon.
You would start to miss my crazy emails…no really, you would!
Please read this entire email. You do not have to email me back.
I need to you to show up at the Capitol for the Alliance Rally on 7:30am
SHARP on the TXMPA Lobby Day on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 and I need you to wear red.
If you can’t show up in the morning before work or school, you can
show up anytime during the course of the day wearing red.
We NEED to show the governor and the legislators how many people in Texas support the film industry. Things are so slow here right now…that should be a HUGE motivating factor.
There will be coming in from all over the state to descend on the Capitol. Most of you live in Austin so you don’t have to
The Alliance told TXMPA we would have at least 1000 people at the Rally at
7:30am on the 4th. Please don’t make liars out of us : )
You don’t need to talk to any legislators…you just need to come dressed in
So here is what you need to do…
1) Go to this website…
Sign up for the Rally. You can add “Collier Talent” to your name too.
2) Show up for the Rally between 7:15am-7:30am. Get there early to find
3) Bring friends, family, ANYONE that you know who supports the film/media
industry here in TX. Tell them to wear red!
4) If you are not in town, please, please, please contact friends, family to
come in your place.
5) If you can’t come in the morning, come sometime during the day. Lunchtime
would be great. TXMPA is buying lunch for all of the legislators, so it
would be great to have lots of bodies outside the Capitol wearing red
showing support for the industry as the legislators make their way to lunch.
6) Visit http://www.txmpa.org/. If you haven’t joined already, please join.
If you can’t afford to join, sign up for the newsletter so you can receive
updates on what is going on! If you want to participate in Lobby Day on
behalf of TXMPA and go in to the Capitol to talk to legislators YOU MUST
SIGN UP THROUGH THE TXMPA WEBSITE. You will also have to attend a mandatory
training the night of March 3rd before Lobby Day on March 4th.
7) Spread the word to your fellow actors and people in AND outside of the
industry!!!!! Seriously, now is the time to act!!!!
Thanks for taking the time to read this : )