Are you tired of not having the level of programming that our LA and NY brothers and sisters get as a perk of SAG-AFTRA Membership? I am. I’m also tired of a lack of representation in the rest of the region that our Local stands for. We need representation in Idaho and Montana! I want to be inclusive of our whole region and begin programming SAG-AFTRA Conservatory events for actors and broadcasters throughout our entire region on a regular basis. I also want to activate all of our Members locally. Are you proud of SAG-AFTRA? I am!

I have served as a Board Member of the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local (formerly SAG and AFTRA)  for nearly a decade. In that time I have proudly served as President, Vice-President, Board Member and Convention Delegate (since 2011).

The Seattle Local is much more than Seattle. Our jurisdiction includes the rest of Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana as well. This is the largest amount of territory in all of the 25 SAG-AFTRA Locals. We have a very hard-working staff of 3 to manage all of this. Granted the bulk of all of our work is in Seattle proper and Spokane, but we do have projects active in the other states.

We have not had a Conservatory program since before my time. We need to have regular workshops and classes that are free (or at a very low annual fee) to the members not only as a perk of membership but as a necessity of keeping our skills active regardless of how you classify your membership. I was partially responsible for workshops with Casting Directors Stephen Salamunovich and Bonnie Gillespie, a Conversations program with SAG-AFTRA Member Lauren Weedman, and also hosted both an Audio-Book Narration workshop and a workshop with SAG-AFTRA Member Sheldon Smith at my theater venue, Eclectic Theater. I am also partially responsible as the Chair of the SAG Awards Planning Committee, for acquiring Saint John’s Bar and Eatery as our new home for the Awards Show locally.

I propose having more frequent events! I would like to have at least one per month to start out. Having robust programming is what life in LA and NY is like!

What do I mean by “activating members?” I long for the day where every member attends meetings, votes, and can think beyond only themselves, but to our greater community at large. I totally understand when members have to work and are unable to attend, but at least you can vote, right? Make me proud!

SAG-AFTRA Contracts I have worked under are Commercial (for Television, Radio and Internet), the Modified Low-Budget Agreement,  the Corporate-Educational Agreement, the New Media Agreement, the Short Film Agreement, and the Student Film Agreement.

I have been a SAG Member since 2003, an AEA Member since 2005, and an AFTRA Member since 2009. I have been a SAG-AFTRA Member since March 30, 2012! Local Committees I have served on are the SAG Awards Planning Committee, the Reinstatement Committee, the Organizing Committee, the 2011 AFTRA Convention Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Commercials Negotiations Committee. National Committees are the Communications Committee, the Editorial Sub-Committee, the Commercial Performers Committee, the Military Personnel & Families Support Committee, the Low-Budget Committee, the LGBT Committee, the New Media Committee, the New Tech Sub-Committee, the Interactive Media Negotiations Committee, the Animation Negotiations Committee, and the Website Task Force.

Vote for me 2 times! As President and Convention Delegate.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at rikdeskin@gmail.com.

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Mayor Murray supports new legislation to increase film production in Washington

Originally posted on Seattle Office of Film + Music:

Mayor Murray announced his support of Senate Bill 6027 (SB 6027), introduced last week in the Washington State Senate to increase the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.

The bill doubles the size of the production incentive program over the next two yeaFilm Incentivers to $7 million and increases the fund incrementally each year until it reaches $10 million in 2019. The sunset date for the program will also be extended to 2022.

Washington’s current incentive program is the fifth smallest in the country. $55 million worth of film production was immediately turned away in 2014 when the annual funding cap was expended by May. This legislation aims to keep Washington’s film industry competitive and retain and increase film industry talent to fuel the statewide creative economy.

SB 6027’s prime sponsor is Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, 36th), with co-sponsors Senator Andy Billig (D, 3rd), Senator Joe Fain (R, 47th), and Senator Don Benton (R…

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Call to Action: We Have a Bill, Let Your Senator Know!

Call to Action: We Have a Bill, Let Your Senator Know!

Keep Film In WA Facts

Kohl-Welles, Billig and Fain
Introduce Legislation to
Increase Funding
For Production Incentive Program

Senate Bill 6027 Helps Keep Washington’s Film Industry Competitive

Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that Senate Bill 6027 (SB 6027), a bill to increase the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, was introduced today in the Washington State Senate. The bill doubles the size of the production incentive program over the next 2 years to $7 million and increases the fund incrementally each year until it reaches $10 million in 2019. The sunset date for the program will also be extended to 2022.

The legislation aims to keep Washington’s film industry competitive and helps to retain film industry talent to fuel the statewide creative economy. SB 6027 is prime sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, 36th), and co-sponsored by Senator Andy Billig (D, 3rd) and Senator Joe Fain (R, 47th).

Call to Action – Write Your Senator Today

Washington Filmworks urges all film industry professionals and supporters to contact their senators to encourage them to support SB 6027. To get more information about the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, download the fact sheet from the KEEP FILM IN WA website. And in writing, tell your personal story about how the film incentive impacts your life and the life of your family. To view a sample letter of support, clickhere.

To find your senators, visit our blog here.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, email Info@WashingtonFilmworks.org.

We thank you for your support – and let’s work together to KEEP FILM IN WA!

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Nearly booked a role and my next appearance at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Filmmakers Group

I very nearly booked a role on Grimm this past week. I was on “1st Right of Refusal” for two roles. I had auditioned last Thursday, and then got a callback for one role. Later I received an email asking if I could self-tape an additional role audition for the same episode. By the time I got home on Friday afternoon, I had been put on the above status which is also called “Avail.”

I was released yesterday, which in my career is the longest time I have been on such status. I am now looking forward to my next audition and eventually booking a role.

But Monday, January 19, at 6pm, you can see me as a panelist talking about Acting and being a SAG-AFTRA Member at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Filmmakers Group!

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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Winter Bird

I will be co-producing this original play with AEA Member Steve Treacy which will Preview January 8-11, 2015 and Open January 15 and run through February 7 at Eclectic Theater.

This production will be presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Directed by Kim Deskin (Of Mice And Men, As You Like It, Twelfth Night) with Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis (the upcoming Fangs, Across A Little Red Marker, and September Skies).

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A Lesson From Aloes Is Rik’s Next Project!



Rik is the Equity Stage Manager on this show!

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Of Mice And Men Is Rik Deskin’s Next Project!


By John Steinbeck

Previews June 19, 2014. Opens June 20 and runs through July 12.

Online General Admission is $20. $25 at the door.


TPS members $20 when you show Member card.

Military/Veteran/Union is $15 when you show Member Card.

Students/Seniors are $12 when you show Member card.

SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members FREE when you show Member card.

The story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

An Equity Member Project Code presentation of John Steinbeck’s classic tale!

Starring Michael Andrew Scott*, Gavin Sakae Mclean, Justine Rose Stillwell, Anthony Phillips*, Will Rose, John Ruoff, Eric Smiley, Brad Walker, Vincent Orduna and Rik Deskin*.

Directed by Kim Deskin.

Stage Managed by Elizabeth Stasio.

Fight Choreography by Gavin Sakae Mclean.

Board Opped by Richard Deskin.

*Member of Actors’ Equity.

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SOV Horror: Interview with Evil Night Actor Rik Deskin


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First Draft! “The Passion of the Bobby” by Christopher Bailey, Directed by Carissa Meisner Smit


Sunday, April 27 @7pm at Driftwood Players’ Wade James Theater located at

  • 950 Main St.
  • Edmonds, Washington 98020

Collaborate in the creative process of bringing a new play to life!

This is an opportunity for a playwright to see and hear what works in a newly completed, un-produced piece, and what does not. Actors present the play as a staged-reading. Afterwards, a moderated Q&A session and discussion with the dramatist and audience continues to explore the work. We hope you will plan to join us as we bring another exciting live arts experience to the Edmonds Community.

Admission is FREE

“The Passion of the Bobby” covers the final feverish months of Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for the president in 1968, from the April 4th murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., to his own shooting on June 5th. Through personal episodes, the play explores the issues he was confronting in his quest for the White House–from Vietnam to riots to racial discrimination–and, despite the tragic ending, offers hope that the impossible can still be accomplished.

Featuring: Terry Boyd, Dawn Cornell, Laura Crouch, Rik Deskin*, Jordan Fermstad, Cindy Giese French, Thomas Glass, Austin Gregory, James Lyle, Dan Niven, Gaelen Poage, John Ruoff, Asa Sholdez

*Member of Actor’s Equity

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