Working stiffs

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

In “SAG’s recurring headache” (Daily Variety, Jan. 3) Peter Bart wrote “I looked at a confidential survey last week, which reminded me that those actors making under $1,000 a year cast more than 50% of the votes on recent ballots. For the nine elections since 1999, 70% of those voting earned under $5,000 a year from their trade.

In short, the fate of the working actor increasingly is being decided by extras or by those who may have had work in the past but are no longer active.”

My suggestion to Mr. Bart is the next time he goes to a movie or watches a television show he discount “Stars” and count the number of other bodies on the screen – those with one or two lines, sometimes even one word. There are many more of them than there are “Stars”.

Terrence Beasor

Santa Monica, CA

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