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April 07, 2003

The Actors' Fund of America Plans Information Workshop For Chicago Area Entertainment Professionals

The Chicagoland entertainment community is invited to a half-day workshop "Where Are the Jobs and How Do I Find the Right One For Me?" presented by The Actors' Fund of America on Monday, June 9, 2003 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SAG/AFTRA Kaufherr Members Resource Center, 1 East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago (near State and Erie). The workshop will focus on helping entertainment professionals to look at non-industry employment that sustains those in the entertainment industry as a balance to part-time and episodic entertainment work.

Current and specific information on trends in job growth and decline in the metropolitan area will be presented by Richard Kaye, an economist with the State of Illinois Department of Employment Security. Mr. Kaye will report on where the jobs are in terms of broad trends in employment and will also comment on specific sectors where entertainment professionals often seek parallel career work. Career Counselor Judi Lansky of Lansky Career Consultants will engage participants in the process of identifying skills and values that inform a search for non-industry work. Whether it is the identification of a sideline job or initial steps to a parallel or second career, Ms. Lansky will identify tools to help participants decide what is right for them.

"By definition, work in the entertainment industry is not full-time or stable," states Joseph Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors' Fund of America. "The services of The Fund help entertainment industry professionals manage both their personal and professional lives. This session will help people obtain information about other career and job options, and network with their colleagues. We expect all participants to walk-away with concrete information that will help them address work issues."

To reserve a spot at this free program, please contact Don Towne, The Actors' Fund of America, Midwestern Region, 203 N. Wabash, Suite 2104, Chicago, IL 60601; (312) 372-0989; fax: (312) 372-0272.

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