“A community of support for all dancers entering — or continuing their creative years”
  AUGUST 2017 WESTERN REGION
 

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UPDATE ON THE HEALTH CARE LANDSCAPE
from the expert team at The Actors Fund's Artists Health Insurance Resource Center

Health Insurance HQ distills the current political activity around health care into a brief, monthly educational update to help you become a more active consumer and citizen.

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SUMMER 2017

Workshops/Seminars


Our workshops, groups and seminars occur in LA: The Actors Fund, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., #400, Los Angeles, CA and Burbank: The Actors Fund—Burbank, 2520 W. Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA, unless otherwise indicated.


The Career Center

QuickBooks Basics (Burbank)
Mondays, August 7, 14, & 21 | 1–4 pm 
RSVP via email  

Whether you are starting your own business or need to utilize QuickBooks in managing your monthly budget, we have the class for you. This QuickBooks class will give you nine hours of training in all the basics of the program along with the opportunity to learn from a certified QuickBooks trainer. Visit the page for more information.

Vital Resources for LA Dance Professionals
Thursday, August 10 | 1:30–3:30 pm
SAG-AFTRA Frank Maxwell Room, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Lobby Level
RSVP via Eventbrite

Come to this panel discussion and networking event to learn about the vital career services and resources available to dancers in Los Angeles. Parking will be validated for the building. Refreshments provided.

The Creative Classroom:
An Arts Education Symposium for the Entertainment and Performing Arts Community
Saturday, August 12 | 10 am–3:30 pm
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Salon A, 135 N. Grand Ave., 5th Floor, Los Angeles

RSVP via Eventbrite

An outstanding group of Arts Education professionals will be sharing the details of their specific programs and will be on hand to answer your questions. Visit the page for more information.

And find out how to join our Five-Day Teaching Artist Intensive that begins in September!
The Teaching Artist Intensive is designed for people who want to develop parallel careers as teaching artists in schools or afterschool programs.

Microsoft Office Computer Classes
Apply online.


Computer training is essential for today’s workplace. Are you looking to brush up on your skills? Regardless of what side of the hill you live on, we’ve got computer classes for you!

Essentials of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for Beginners
@ The Actors Fund—Burbank
Fridays, August 18–November 17, 1:30–4:30 pm
$30 Registration Fee.
Flash Drive will be provided. Corded mouse (Optional).

Essentials of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for Beginners
@ Hollywood WorkSource Center
Tuesdays, August 22–November 14, 1:30–4:30 pm
$30 Registration Fee.
Flash Drive will be provided.

For more information and/or an application: careercenterwest@actorsfund.org.

 

Groups

These groups are offered throughout the year and if you are interested in attending, please let us know and your name will be placed on a wait list for possible participation as groups are scheduled and formed. To ensure a positive group experience, an initial interview will be required. Groups are free, confidential and open to all professionals in performing arts and entertainment.

Strategies for Fighting Depression and Anxiety
Fridays, September 8–October 27  | 10:00 am–12:00 pm
RSVP via email

An eight week confidential group focused on teaching basic tools to help you manage your mood. Unlike traditional talk therapies, this structured group will feature weekly guided exercises and homework assignments with the goal of helping you take control of how you feel.

The Psychology of Money (Los Angeles)
Mondays, August 14–September 25 | 10 am–11:30 pm
RSVP via email

A six-week group that explores how cultural, family and entertainment industry attitudes contribute to how we think about and use money.

Sober Community Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month | 2:00–3:00 pm
West Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Interview required

This is an ongoing sobriety group to support one’s own path of recovery and share it in a community consisting of other Actors Fund members. The group focusses on life sobriety skills and how to incorporate these into daily living. Any person is welcome, whether you are in early or longtime recovery. To ensure a positive group experience, an initial interview is required.

Encore Seniors Group
2nd Wednesday of the month | 2:00 pm
Interview required

Monthly Support group for entertainment industry career veterans, age 65 and older, who are coping with issues of aging, loss and transition, and who find remembrance of the past, along with hope for the future, as part of a like-minded group of older adults.

 

CONTINUING ACTIVITIES

 

The Career Center

For a list of current services, visit www.actorsfund.org

The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops.

Employment and Training
Call 323.933.9244 ext. 450
careercenterwest@actorsfund.org

Career Transition For Dancers Orientation
Call or email to make an appointment.
323.933.9244, ext. 454
skozak@actorsfund.org

Orientation
Los Angeles: Mondays | 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Burbank: Thursdays | 10:00–11:30 am 
(except Valley Days)

The Career Center Orientation is an overview and introduction to all of The Career Center services, including workshops and individual career counseling. It's a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops.

Career Assessment
Los Angeles: 1st and 3rd Tuesday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Burbank: 2nd and 4th Friday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Here is your chance to explore and prioritize your values, skills, and interests while getting a better understanding of the jobs that best fit you. Your creative talents can be put to good use in many facets throughout the world of work.

Resume Writing I
Los Angeles: 2nd Tuesday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Burbank: 3rd Friday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Are you tired of sending your resume out and not getting any response? In this workshop you will gain techniques, tips and tools that will increase your visibility in a competitive job market. Get acquainted with your transferable skills and accomplishments and begin to market them effectively.

Social Networking
Los Angeles: 1st Thursday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Burbank: 2nd Monday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm 

Feeling intimidated about using social media for your job search? This seminar will introduce you to the technological tools such as LinkedIn, indeed.com, and other social media sites that will up your game.

The Art of Interviewing
Los Angeles: 2nd Thursday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Burbank: 3rd Monday | 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Whether you have an upcoming interview or want to be prepared when it comes along, this workshop will put the tools in your back pocket for getting the job! Practice your 60 second pitch, learn how to answer the tough interview questions, and feel empowered the next time you walk into an interview. A must for anyone in today's job market!

Resume Writing II
Los Angeles September 21 | 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Burbank: October 2 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Are you looking for some concrete ways to improve your current resume? Work with other participants to review and provide feedback on each other’s materials in this hands-on, comprehensive workshop designed to review and refine your resume. *MUST bring 2 copies of a job description of your choosing and 2 copies of your resume tailored to that position. **Prerequisite: Resume Writing I

Job Search Seminar
Wednesdays | 1:30–3:30 pm
The Actors Fund
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 400
No RSVP Required. Must have attended Career Center Orientation before attending.

The Career Center introduces a new five-unit Job Search Seminar to help you identify, prepare and secure the sideline, parallel or new career you want.

Unit 1: Identifying What Works for You
Los Angeles: Wednesday, October 11 | 1:30–3:30 pm
Burbank: Wednesday, September 6 | 1:30 –3:30 pm

The first step to a successful job search that yields a meaningful work experience is to clearly identify and articulate what you want and what you need.

Unit 2: Developing Your Marketing Plan
Los Angeles: Wednesday, August 9 | 1:30–3:30 pm
Burbank: Wednesday, September 13 | 1:30–3:30 pm


The second step to a successful job search is to ensure you effectively communicate and market your talent to hiring managers.

Unit 3: Networking Principles and Practices
Los Angeles: Wednesday, August 16 | 1:30–3:30 pm
Burbank: Wednesday, September 20 | 1:30–3:30 pm


Networking continues to be one of the most powerful methods of connecting to employment opportunities, in and out of the entertainment business. Arguably more important than your resume, your network is your most valuable career asset.

Unit 4: Getting Out There: Submitting Job Applications
Los Angeles: Wednesday, August 23 | 1:30–3:30 pm
Burbank: Wednesday, September 27 | 1:30–3:30 pm

To win in 2015 individuals seeking work must stay ahead of the latest recruiting trends. Given the rise in electronic applications and candidate personality tests, every job seeker must understand how to apply, when to apply, but more importantly what not to say when applying.

Unit 5: Selling Your Skills: Interviewing for Success
Los Angeles: Wednesday, August 30 | 1:30–3:30 pm
Burbank: Wednesday, October 4 | 1:30–3:30 pm

It’s a fact: better interviewers get better job offers. However, the process of interviewing is anxiety-ridden. The key to doing well in an interview is to fully prepare and to practice, practice, practice.

Health

Every Artist Insured
Mondays | 11:00 am
First Wednesdays of the month | 1:30 pm
The Actors Fund, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
RSVP: AHIRCHealthReform@actorsfund.org

Questions? Call The Actors Fund Covered California Information Helpline 855.491.3357

Have questions or need help enrolling in a health plan? THIS WORKSHOP WILL: Walk you through your Covered California options and requirements, provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed, help you figure out how to get affordable health insurance with the help of federal subsidies. Help you with enrollment! This event is free and open to everyone.

From Coverage to Care
Now that I have health insurance, how do I use it?
First Thursday of every month | 11:00 am
No RSVP required. Walk-ins welcome.

Go deeper into the issues of health care access, coverage, and affordability. Get your questions answered and make decisions that are best for you.

Social Services

Green Room – Debtors Anonymous
Tuesdays | 12:00–1:00 pm

Debtors Anonymous offers hope for people whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering in their lives and the lives of others.

The Green Room–12 Step
Fridays | 12:30–1:30 pm
Alchoholics Anonymous: 323.936.4343
www.lacoaa.org

Green Room–Under-earners Anonymous
Thursdays | 11:00 am–12:30 pm
info@underearnersanonymous.org
www.underearnersanonymous.org

Financial Wellness

Budgeting–Nuts and Bolts
First Thursday of the month | 1:00–3:30 pm
except August 2017
Contact: Miata Edoga
RSVP: medoga@actorsfund.org

We simply cannot expect to reach our financial goals if we don’t know exactly where we are starting from. This monthly single session workshop focuses on helping you start tracking your income and expenses in a way that makes sense for artists and creative professionals who don’t always earn and spend the same way each month. You will learn how to stop guessing and really get specific about the ways in which money moves in and out of your life.

Managing Cash Flow for Artists
info: medoga@actorsfund.org
Must have attended Budgeting – Nuts and Bolts before participating.

A 6-week seminar designed to build on the skills introduced in our workshop “Budgeting–Nuts & Bolts”. Participants learn and begin to implement specific strategies for organizing expenses, balancing multiple sources of income, planning for dry spells, managing debt, saving, investing and aligning your professional and financial goals.

Financial Wellness Graduate Group (LA)
Third Thursday of the month | 1:00–3:00 pm 
except December
RSVP via email

A monthly group providing ongoing support and education for graduates of The Actors Fund Financial Wellness Program. 

Housing

The Actors Fund's Palm View Residence, a 40-unit apartment complex that provides homes to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in West Hollywood, CA, is now accepting applications. For information, please click here, or contact our Los Angeles office at 323.933.9244.

Youth Services

Please visit the Looking Ahead Program website to learn more about our youth services.

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HSBC Bank USA, NA

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Central Region: 8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 601 | Chicago, Illinois 60603 | 312.372.0989 t
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  MAY 2017 EASTERN REGION
In this issue:  Call for an appointment at The Friedman Health Center! Updates on the health care landscape. Workshops and seminar dates for The Career Centerfinancial wellness, senior services and housing.
  AUGUST 2017 EASTERN REGION
In this issue:  Call for an appointment at The Friedman Health Center! Updates on the health care landscape. Workshops and seminar dates for The Career Centerfinancial wellness, senior services and housing.
 


Caesura Affordable Housing Lottery

The Actors Fund has partnered with Jonathan Rose Companies, a leader in sustainable development, to help spread the word about an affordable housing lottery for Caesura, a new apartment building at 280 Ashland Place in the Brooklyn Cultural District, that includes 49 affordable units for moderate to middle income households. Application Deadline August 11, 2017.
 
 

Health Insurance HQ

UPDATE ON THE HEALTH CARE LANDSCAPE
from the expert team at The Actors Fund's Artists Health Insurance Resource Center

 

Health Insurance HQ distills the current political activity around health care into a brief, monthly educational update to help you become a more active consumer and citizen.

Read this month's edition.

 

The Friedman Health Center on Facebook Live

Hosted by Renata Marinaro, National Director of Health Services for The Actors Fund, and starring Dr. Ramon Pesigan and Dr. Jason Kindt, our primary care physicians who are here to care for everyone in our New York City performing arts and entertainment community.

Visit us today!

 
 

SUMMER/FALL 2017

Workshops/Seminars
 

 

Housing

Apartment Hunting 101: Strategies for Finding Housing in NYC
Friday, August 11 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Applying for Affordable Housing

Manhattan
Wednesday, August 9 
 | 5:00–7:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Lower East Side
Tuesday, September 12 | 2:00–4:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Brooklyn
Thursday, August 17 | 5:30–7:30 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

The Actors Fund affordable housing seminar helps participants get organized so they can be prepared to take advantage of opportunities to apply. For more info, email darnow@actorsfund.org.

Health


The Insurance Doctor is In!
September 11 | 2:00–4:00 pm
HOWL Happening Gallery
6 East 1st St.
RSVP via email

Our insurance expert will answer your health insurance questions during a one-on-one consult. 
 

Senior Services
 

Living the best life after 60…for you and your loved ones
Thursday, August 17 | 2:30–4:30 pm
RSVP via email

Part 2Physically and Mentally in the Best Shape Join us for a two part program covering a wide range of topics addressing health and wellness as we age. Develop a personalized plan for maximizing your health and happiness.

 

 

Groups

These groups occur at The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Support Group for Injured Dancers
Thursdays, September 14–November 16 | 11 am–1 pm
RSVP via email

A 10-week group for professional dancers who are dealing with or recovering from an injury. 

Musician's Networking Group
Third Wednesdays of the Month | 2:00–3:30 pm
RSVP via email

Share networking tips and strategies with other musicians.

WAIT LIST OPEN
Please know due to popular demand the following groups are currently full to capacity. We hope you will check out next month's Actors Fund Workshops, Groups and Seminars email or our online calendar and look for opportunities to join our open groups in the upcoming months. If you would like to be put on the group wait lists please contact the group leaders.

Copings Skills for Anxiety and Depression: An Integrative CBT Approach
Tuesdays
Email for more information.

Explore how your response to anxiety and depression are driving your symptoms and develop skills for reducing negative emotions in this eight week psycho-educational group. Learn techniques to gain productivity and peace in your daily life. Intake interview required. Group members must commit to attending all eight sessions. Full participation via outside class assignments mandatory.

HIV & Relationships Group
Tuesdays
Email for more information

An on-going weekly therapeutic support group for individuals with HIV looking to explore healthy ways of engaging in relationships. Through mutual support and feedback, members can gain awareness around beliefs, behaviors, and motivations that may be impacting their ability to achieve more satisfying relationships and lives. Common themes for exploration include HIV disclosure, stigmatization, sex and dating, self-image and substance use.

 

Continuing Activities

For a list of current services, visit www.actorsfund.org. The Career Center Orientation is a pre-requisite for attending the weekly workshops


The Career Center

The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers Orientation
2nd and 4th Mondays | 10:00–12:00 pm

For Professional Dancers and the Dance Community – Learn how to register and participate in Career Transition For Dancers’ programs and services, which include the National Outreach Program, Career Counseling and Guidance Program and the Scholarship and Grant Program.

The Career Center Orientation
Mondays | 12:00–1:30 pm
Space is limited.

If you are a member of an entertainment industry union, please bring your card. Attendance to this orientation is required before attending the other weekly workshops listed below.

Job Search Intensive
Mondays | 2:30–4:30 pm
Open to The Career Center members who have attended at least one job search seminar.

Your Career Strategies
Tuesdays | 2:30–4:30 pm  
RSVP via email
(Pre-requisite: Your Career Toolkit)

Learn strategies and resources for identifying and researching potential future meaningful work that “fits". 

Job Search Seminars

Wednesdays | 12:00–2:30 pm
No RSVP required.

Job Search Seminar | Question & Answer Session
Wednesday, September 13 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 1 | Research & Evaluate 
Wednesday, September 20 | 12:00–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2A | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 1
Wednesday, August 9 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 2B | Developing Your Marketing Plan Pt. 2 
Wednesday, August 16 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 3 | Networking Principles and Practices
Wednesday, August 23 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 4 | Submitting Applications
Wednesday, August 30 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Job Search Seminar Unit 5 | Interviewing for Success
Wednesday, September 6 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

Your Career Toolkit
Thursdays | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Focus on heightening your awareness of your preferred Values and Skills that will serve as guides to your job search and career planning. 

Résumé Writing
1st and 3rd Thursdays | 2:30–4:30 pm
RSVP via Evenbrite

Learn how to create an effective résumé and cover letter, targeting the specific jobs you are pursuing. 

LinkedIn Group Support Session
Fridays | 10:00 am–12:00 pm 
RSVP via email 

Learn how to use LinkedIn. Each lab session is limited to 5 individuals.

Staffing Agency Information Session
Fridays | 1:00–2:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

Participants will learn about the staffing agencies The Career Center partners with.

Health

The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts is the medical care provider for New York City's entertainment and performing arts community. Call 212.489.1939 for an appointment. 

Welcome to Medicare
Mondays | 1:00–2:00 pm

This seminar is for anyone who will soon be getting Medicare and wants to learn more about how it works, or for anyone who currently has Medicare and has questions about it. It will be facilitated by an Actors Fund staff person and a volunteer trained by the Medicare Rights Center. Reservations not necessary. You can just show up!

Every Artist Insured
Thursdays | 12:30–1:30 pm

This free workshop will help you understand the Affordable Care Act and provide you with clear guidance on all your health insurance options. We answer questions about Medicaid, subsidies, how to apply, and where to access care if you're currently uninsured.

Financial Wellness

All Financial Wellness workshops and groups occur at The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue.

Intro to Financial Wellness
First Tuesdays of the Month | 12:30–2:00 pm
RSVP via Eventbrite

A single-session workshop in which participants identify their financial goals, learn simple strategies for tracking income and expenses, and get connected with resources and an action plan to take the next step.

Housing

For more information and applications visit our website.

We are accepting applications for the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence on West 57th Street in Manhattan and The Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.

Notify NYC
In NYC emergencies can happen at any time. Notify NYC is a new program from the New York City Office of Emergency Management designed to keep you up to date about emergencies and services that impact all New Yorkers, whether it’s at home, work or in the community. Choose from alerts about events, public health, school closings and delays, and parking rules suspensions, and have them sent to your either your email or mobile phone. Register for free by visiting www.NYC.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311 today.

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Programs of The Career Center at The Actors Fund are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Thank you to our Financial Wellness Sponsors

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National Headquarters: 729 7th Avenue 10th Floor | New York, NY 10019 | 212.221.7300 t
Central Region: 8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 601 | Chicago, Illinois 60603 | 312.372.0989 t
Western Region: 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400 | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.933.9244 t
323.933.9244 t | 888.825.0911 t | info@actorsfund.org

Mission: The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.

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