Welcome to SAG-AFTRA, a labor organization whose mission is to enhance members’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. The SAG-AFTRA Young Performers site presents an overview of some of the information you will need to make your way through this exciting, but often challenging, industry.

This is a Business
If guided carefully, a young performer’s acting career can give them a head start on their adult lives, help them develop leadership skills, teamwork skills, self-confidence and the ability to earn income. We call this industry “show–business” for a good reason—it is a business. You should treat it as such. That being said, it should also be fun. If for any reason, it is not fun and educational for you, get out. You should be in this business only if you are truly dedicated, have plenty of stamina, and a passion for the craft of acting.

SAG-AFTRA does its utmost to protect young performer’s safety and wages; however it is always your parent or guardian’s responsibility to insure that you are being treated fairly and with respect. Remember, there is nothing new about show biz kids. There have been many generations of young performers and there will be countless generations to come. Over the years, there has likely been no question that’s gone unasked -- or unanswered. If you have questions, check out our FAQ section for the answer. Or you can call the union for guidance at (855) 724-2387. Together we can work toward positive experiences for you and all young performers in the entertainment industry that will serve as a foundation for successful adult lives.