The strike has been weighing heavily on everyone. We’re all feeling the stress.

Every day at Margie’s LA studio, we work with actors, casting agents, directors, and other industry players. Right now, there’s a lot of heartache, struggle, and fear.

Through these difficult times, the studio has been a beacon of inspiration. Margie has helped us all (teachers, students, and working actors) maintain a strong sense of creativity and purpose. When we connect as actors in a community setting, there’s a feeling of clarity and mutual support that helps everyone.

Unfortunately, most actors are facing this alone. So, I wanted to share some valuable community perspectives from inside the studio.

Yesterday, Margie and I recorded a candid conversation about the strike. In this video, we talk about what’s happening and why it matters so much:

  • The financial pressures being faced by actors
  • How self-taping is often abused by the industry
  • Industry attempts to replace actors with technology
  • The financial challenges for working actors (who are not yet stars)
  • The importance of a creative community
  • How streaming residuals have left actors behind
  • What it’s like on the picket lines
  • What should actors do with this time


As an actor myself, I’ve been feeling my own waves of pressure and fear. That’s why my conversations with Margie have been so incredibly comforting and empowering.

If you’re feeling scared or uncertain about the strike, watch the video. Sometimes, the most important thing is to realize you’re not alone.


In support,

Hamish Sturgeon
Studio Manager


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