HOLLYWOOD—History was made last Friday when members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) merged to become one union.
Today it was announced that the newly formed entity, SAG-AFTRA, will merge with the popular Los Angeles restaurant chain, The Cheesecake Factory. The resulting union will be called SAG-AFTRA-Cheesecake-Factory.
"About 90 percent of our waitstaff are actors, so this makes perfect sense," said Beverly Hills Cheesecake Factory manager, Ryan Tolbert, who is also an actor.
As part of the merger, each Cheesecake Factory waiter will automatically become a member of SAG-AFTRA and vice versa.
"It's great to know that I'll have a job waiting tables lined up for me in between acting gigs," said 44-year-old Pauly Shore.
The merger will also enable casting agencies to hold auditions in any Cheesecake Factory lobby. This allows Cheesecake Factory waiters to try out for parts during their 15-minute break. Waiters like Chaz Peters, 32, are already taking advantage of this perk.
"I'm pretty bummed that I didn't get the role in the lobby, but at least I didn't have to drive out to Hollywood on my lunch break, " said Peters.
Peters auditioned to play the role of a waiter in a commercial for The Olive Garden.
He added, "I'm really surprised I didn't get the part. I've been method acting this role for 11 years."