While being a part of the Hollywood crowd and not being a part of a union is possible; not joining a union makes it extremely difficult to find work.
After making an uncredited appearance in “Bobby Brown: on Our Own” and his first credited appearance in “Ghosts Can’t Do It” in 1989, Donald Trump joined what was then the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Facing disciplinary action in the form of expulsion from the Guild in response to the events of January 6, 2021 when a group of insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol; Trump presented his resignation from SAG-AFTRA on February 4, 2021.
In a letter to Guild president Gabrielle Carteris he said, “I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
He added, “while I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as ‘Home Alone 2,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’; and television shows including ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, ‘The Apprentice’ — to name just a few!”
Taking further credit, he added, “I’ve also greatly helped the cable news television business (said to be a dying platform with not much time left until I got involved in politics), and created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC and Fake News CNN, among many others”.
In response, the Guild simply said, “thank you”.
After the events of January 6, the Guild board voted that there was cause for disciplinary action saying Trump ran, “a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members.”
Knowing that his case was coming before the committee; Trump stated in the letter, “who cares”.
Since making his television debut in 1989, Trump has 20 producer credits and 26 acting credits to his name.
A number of those productions have been facing calls to have Trump’s scenes removed from them.
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