What you don’t know can hurt you

Managing your career is a big part of the business of being an actor and booking work is just part one of the financial equation.  Actor/self-manager Jan Skene will enlighten you as to the ins and outs of the paperwork, money trail and online resources; and Talent Agent Paul Christie (The Characters Talent Agency) will provide insight into the role agents play in the Actor-Agent relationship.

This workshop is for anyone who is booking film gigs and wondering how best to manage and keep track of their income, deductions, benefits and residual payments (Full and Apprentice Members*).  What happens after you sign that contract? Do you just close your eyes and trust the myriad of financial details are going to be taken care of? Do you know where to look to see your work history, your RRSP details and benefit plans?  If you hand your tax preparation off to an accountant, do you know how to explain your pay stubs and work deductions?  And if you have an agent – what is their obligation to you AND what is your obligation to them in your working relationship?  If you don’t have an agent, is it time to start looking?  What are the promotional tools you need to take your career to the next level.  

*Full and Apprentice Members will be given preference, followed by AABP Members.  


Tuesday, November 23 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm via ZOOM.  


Sunday, November 28 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm via ZOOM.  

Participants will be required to have access to the Member Zone (the same Login and Password as ACTRAonline), and Full members to their AFBS (ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society) account.


When: Nov 23, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Click here to register in advance for Nov. 23



When: Nov 28, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Click here to register in advance for Nov. 28

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jan Skene has worked as a self-employed professional actor/singer and performer manager/arts consultant for the past 30 years.  Her acting credits extend to numerous television, film and radio productions and most of Winnipeg’s live theatres.  Her contract work as a consultant has resulted in a deep network of connections in Manitoba’s cultural community, and expertise in the business of being a self-employed actor. In addition to managing her own career, she manages Skene Stunts Inc. (which she co-founded with her husband Rick) and Sean Skene Productions Inc.  Jan was President and National Councillor for ACTRA Manitoba (2015-2021), and is a past board member for Film Training Manitoba.

Paul Christie has been working as a Talent Agent with The Characters Talent Agency for close to a decade. He was born and raised in Winnipeg and represents a handful of actors in the local community. Earlier in his career Paul had opportunities to work both in front and behind the camera in various capacities. Through his twenties Paul pursued acting after graduating with a Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary. He won roles throughout Canada in approximately 20 projects. During this stage of his life Paul also maintained a professional career where he served initially as a Line Producer with Frantic Films and later as the Head of Business Development with SEVEN24 Films. Paul now lives and works in Vancouver, he is happily married and he is also the proud father of a young toddler named Harper.