# IATSE???

#### BCOLL

##### Member
I know what IATSE is and what they do, but how do you become a member, does anyone know?
Thanks,
Ben Coll

#### digitaltec

##### Active Member
The best way is to find someone who is a member or contact a member. Thats what I did. Just like most of the industry, you need to have a way in to get in. I whould send a letter or an e-mail to a local team. If you need help finding they local in your area, let me know where you like and I'll get you a list.

#### pndoran_LD

##### Member
What do you have for around wisconisn, mainly the milwuakee area?

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#### LilLuvin

##### Member
contact a local rep? hehee, that all well in good when you're not in NYC.....where local 1 is an impenitrable fortress that makes fort knox look like a straw hut. ::roar::

#### soundman

##### Well-Known Member
If you are in NYC I hear its best to marry into it.

#### LilLuvin

##### Member
Hahah, that's actually been my plan for a while!!

Though I haven't really found any suitible suitors in 1. I've got 829 and a bunch of the out-of-town 1 equivalents covered though ;-p

#### Andy_Leviss

##### Active Member
In NYC, the easiest way in is through Local 1's apprenticeship program, but, alas, you just missed the once every three years test they gave back in August. They give this long test of shop math, spatial and mechanical reasoning, tool recognition, etc., and then the top 40 scorers get added to the apprenticeship list.

As openings come up on the list, those people get called, and then pay initiation and apprentice dues, and work in an apprenticeship for 18 months to three years and, after successfully completing that, are granted full membership.

I'm actually on the apprenticeship list, myself, although in the meantime I'm a full member of Local 260 out of Lake Charles, LA for the show I'm touring with right now.

There are other ways in, but from guys I've talked to, that's the easiest way.

#### MaChew

##### Member
i thought that if you were in one of the chapters of the union then you could transfer to another local if you wanted, without a big hassle.

#### wolf825

##### Senior Team Emeritus
MaChew said:
i thought that if you were in one of the chapters of the union then you could transfer to another local if you wanted, without a big hassle.

-w

#### zac850

##### Well-Known Member
Ugh, this is making me sad. I live about 20 miles north of the city, and one day I want to design on broadway (so, I would have to be in the union...).

Sigh.

#### wolf825

##### Senior Team Emeritus
zac850 said:
Ugh, this is making me sad. I live about 20 miles north of the city, and one day I want to design on broadway (so, I would have to be in the union...).

Sigh.
True--however do not despair...Lighting Designers (and other designers including sound designers & scenic designers etc) have their own branch off of IATSE...its the United Scenic Artists (USA)...and they are MUCH better to work and deal with and become a member of, then a Local of IATSE...
http://usa829.org/

check em out....

-w

#### zac850

##### Well-Known Member
OK, I just want to make sure I understand this.

Local 1 would be for the general union things, general stage crews for load in, load outs, run crew and that sort of thing. United Scenic Artists would be for the design aspects (LD, SD type things)?

#### wolf825

##### Senior Team Emeritus
zac850 said:
OK, I just want to make sure I understand this.

Local 1 would be for the general union things, general stage crews for load in, load outs, run crew and that sort of thing. United Scenic Artists would be for the design aspects (LD, SD type things)?
Generally, yup....

-w

#### LilLuvin

##### Member
well if you want to design you wouldn't want to join local 1 anyway, that for ...i forget the actual term, but basically techs....
designers join 829....which as far as i can tell, is a lot easier if you have the talent...

edit: i really have tp start realizing that there's a page 2 before i respond!