BeFreeToChoose.org is a site designed to inform actors about, and persuade California legislators to fix, AB1318, known as the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act.
As it stands, AB1318 has a chilling effect on actors who want the choice to pay to attend casting workshops and meet potential customers, the casting directors that work in the LA film and television industry.
It also has a chilling effect on workshop and networking companies who organize these classes, and on the casting directors themselves who don’t want to risk running afoul of this poorly constructed law.
In addition, the local Deputy City Attorney, writing on the letterhead of the City Attorney himself, has add new requirements, such as actors not being allowed to give casting directors headshots, to the mix. Nowhere in the law does this requirement exist, except as an example, created out of whole cloth, of what would prove a meeting as a “paid audition.”
We seek to fix this, in particular with the help of the law’s author, Paul Krekorian. Now an LA city councilman, Krekorian managed the passage of this law while a California State assemblyman.