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Help & Advice

 

 

We understand moving to a new city isn’t easy, so here are some resources that can assist you with all the factors of making yourself at home in the United States. It’s one thing to pursue your career in a new unfamiliar area, but not knowing makes it difficult to become established.

We are not only your O-1 visa sponsor, we like to help our clients every step of the way.

 

                     – Making life much more simple.

 

Housing

*Number one priority is to find a secure comfortable foundation you can call home, L.A or New York; where ever you decide to pursue you career, finding a home is important.

 

Craigslist Housing L.A. – To find roommate or apartment

Craigslist Housing NY -To find room mate or apartment

 

*Please be aware of scams. Never give someone a payment without seeing property or signing agreement.

 

Meeting People

*Meetup’s are a great place to meet new people, network, find roommates, information of exclusive events and social events for expats.

MeetUp – Thousands of groups all over the world

 

Employment Links

*There are a constant cycle of deal making, productions, awards, shows, and film festivals. For you to keep up with best place to get overview of what is happening around town, these might be helpful:

Backstage Casting

Mandy.com – International film & T.V production resources

ExploreTalent – Worlds largest talent resources

Staff Me Up Best production jobs

 

Rental Cars

*To travel where you need to go; gigs, auditions, networking events, whatever the case might be, having transportation is a must in the big city.

Avis Corporate Discount Number (AWD#) Y293987

Zipcar (good for afew hrs – 1/2 half day)

 

Building Credit

*Build credit with a secured credit card:

Capital One

 

Union

*What ever industry you are in there are union guides and regulations.

For concert and solo singers, solo instrumentalists (only in the event that less than 50% of a group comprises instrumentalists), dancers, choreographers, stage and assistant stage managers, stage and assistant stage directors, and narrators in concert, recital, oratorio, opera and dance

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

1430 Broadway, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10018

Tel: 212-265-3687 Fax: 212-262-9088

Email: AGMA@MusicalArtists.org

Contact: Deirdre Dresch, Manager for Visas, (212) 265-3687

Alan Gordon, National Executive Director/ (212) 265-3687

($250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION, EXCEPT FOR AGMA SIGNATORIES)

*Note: For an expedited response, the consultation fee is $500.00 per petition.

 

For all instrumental musicians and conductors:

American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

1501 Broadway – Suite 600

New York, NY 10036

Tel: 212-869-1330 Fax: 212-764-6134

Web: http://afm.org/departments/touring-travel-theatre-booking-immigration/visa-questions-andanswers

Contact: Liz Blake, lblake@afm.org

Note: AFM requires a special form for P-1B/P-3 petitions

($250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION as of 1/1/2011)

*Note: For a response within 48 hours, the expedited fee is $300.00 per petition

 

For other performers and stage managers in live format presentations:

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

165 West 46th Street

New York, NY 10036

Tel: 212-869-8530 Fax: 212-719-9815

Web: http://www.actorsequity.org

Contact: 212-869-8530, Ext. 434

($250 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION)

Note: Please submit a duplicate of form I-129 and all supporting documentation.

*Requests cannot be accepted through email.

 

For other stage directors and choreographers in live format presentations:

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

1501 Broadway, Suite 1701

New York, NY 10036

Tel: 800-541-5204 Fax: 212-302-6195

Web: http://www.sdcweb.org/

*($500.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION FOR NONMEMBERS)

 

For all technical and craft personnel:

Int’l Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

207 West 25th Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Tel: 212-730-1770 Fax: 212-730-7809

Web: http://www.iatse-intl.org

Contact: Colleen Paul, Office Manager

($250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION)

*Note: IATSE has implemented an expedit program under which, for a $450 fee, it will process O/P consultation requests within approximately 48 hours. Otherwise, for the standard $250 fee, there is a 5-7 day turnaround.

 

United Scenic Artists (USA)

29 W. 38th Street, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10018

Tel: 212-581-0300 Fax: 212-977-2011

Web: http://www.usa829.org

Contact: Michael McBride, National Business Agent, mcb@usa829.org

 

For press agents and managers:

Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM)

62 W 45th Street, Suite 901

New York, NY 10036

Tel: 212-719-3666 Fax: 212-302-1585

Web: http://www.atpam.com

Contact: Thomas Walsh, Business Representative, twalsh@atpam.com

 

For television, radio, and motion picture actors:

American Federation of Television & Radio Artists

National Office – Los Angeles

5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 9th Fl.

Los Angeles CA 90036-0800

Tel: 323-634-8100 Fax: 323-634-8194

Web: www.aftra.org

Contact: Sarah Tarlow and Sasha Aronson, 323-634-8125 and 323-634.8158,

starlow@aftra.com and saronson@aftra.com

Visit:http://www.aftra.org/4E8E264694C347E6A1B14A6EBC22AF58.htm

*NO SERVICE CHARGE FOR CONSULTATION LETTER

 

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

15301 Ventura Boulevard, Building E

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Tel: 818-935-5938

Web: www.amptp.org

($250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION as of 3/23/2011)

*Note: A letter of non-objection from both AFTRA and AMPTP is required. Contact AMPTP for their list of required documents.

For performers in nightclubs, burlesque and circuses:

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)

ATTN: Immigration Consultation.

363 Seventh Avenue, 17TH Floor

New York, NY 10001

Tel: 212-675-1003

Web: www.agvausa.com

Contact: Susanne Doris, National Executive Secretary, Ext.8

*($250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PETITION)

 

Non-Labor Consultation Contact List

For orchestras and classical musicians:

League of American Orchestras

910 17th Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20006

Tel: 202-776-0215

Email: advocacy@americanorchestras.org

Web: http://www.americanorchestras.org/advocacy-government/visa-and-tax-for-foreign-guestartists/requesting-a-visa-support-letter.html

*(Free for members; $250 for non-members)

 

For performing artists and companies:

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202-833-2787

Email: etravis@artspresenters.org

Web: www.apap365.org

*($50 for members)

 

For the field of dance:

Dance/USA

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202-833-1717 / Fax: 202-833-2686

Email: advocacy@danceusa.org

Web: http://danceusa.org/requestapeerconsultationletter

*(Free for members; $150 for non-members)

For folk musicians and folk dancers:

Folk Alliance International

510 South Main Street

Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-522-1170 / Fax: 901-522-1172

Web: http://www.folkalliance.org/membership/visa-services/

*(Free for members)

 

For opera singers and opera companies:

OPERA America

330 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY 10001

Fax: 212-796-8631

Email: LWerking@operaamerica.org

Web: http://operaamerica.org/content/advocacy/peer.aspx

*(Free for members; $250 for non-members)

 

For professional theater companies, actors, directors and designers:

Theater Communications Group

520 Eighth Avenue, 24th Floor

New York, NY 10018-4156

Tel: 212-609-5900 / Fax: 212-609-5901

Email: kbitterman@tcg.org

Web: http://www.tcg.org

(Free for TCG members; $250 for non-members based on sufficient evidence)

For artists:

Fractured Atlas

248 W. 35th Street, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Tel: 888-692-7878

Fax: 212-277-8025

Email: support@fracturedatlas.org

Web: http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/prodev/page/artist_visas

($200)

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