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Our special guest on this episode is Gabrielle Carteris, the President of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), the trade union representing approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, performers, recording artists and other media professionals. Gabrielle has been actively involved in SAG-AFTRA over the past 15 years and served two terms as the executive vice president of SAG-AFTRA following the merger of the two unions in 2012. She became president in 2016 and was re-elected in 2019.
As an actor, Gabrielle has enjoyed a long and successful career with a considerable number of credits in television, film, theatre and video games. She became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman for five years on the blockbuster FOX series Beverly Hills 90210, and has appeared in several feature films and more than a dozen made-for-television movies. She has also guest-starred on many popular TV series through the years.
In this episode of “Lessons from Leaders”, Gabrielle talks about her career as an actor including disappointments she overcame, and gives listeners a “behind-the-scenes” peek regarding the changing priorities for SAG-AFTRA in the digital age, and the focus on performer safety in the #MeToo era where the entertainment industry has been at the epicenter of this watershed moment.
Tune in for this revealing and compelling conversation with the leader of one of the largest unions in the U.S. and a successful actor who inspires us to keep chasing our dreams.
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