The session-fee check for the spot arrived Tuesday the 11th; I picked it up at mine agency and cashed it, immediately calling SAG for an appointment to register as a SAG member
Wednesday January 12, 2000:
I went to SAG and with the $1242 fee in hand, I registered (I even added an extra hundred "in advance" to handle the "flat" annual dues),
making me a fully paid member of the
Screen Actors Guild.
Wednesday January 26, 2000:
I attended the SAG orientation meeting, outlining the features and benefits of the union, after which I had two commercial auditions (one of which had me in for its callback). I also attended the Saturday 0001.29 meeting, the topic of which will be discussing upcoming February 2000 contract negotiations for commercial work.
By mail my Chicago friend Bob indicated that the AmeriTech spot is airing, but that he didn't spot me.
This could be a case of his simply not realizing he was seeing me in the line-up.
I've replied to clarify how to spot me and I will contact the ad agency to see if I can get a copy of the completed spot(s).
has also seen the spot, but as with Bob, only the latter part and not the beginning. As presumably I am in the opening shot or two before the camera begins to move down the line (I'm only the second guy in the Line-Up), she has also missed seeing me.
Update February 17, 2000:
rental post box,
I found I'd received a February 11th  residual check for the commercial, my first official commercial residuals check!
Considering its amount, it probably aired quite nicely…!
May 4th, 2000:
Lisa Fields of
(the ad agency that made the commercial) called me back to let me know they're sending out to me a video tape copy of the commercial.