Unions are an essential organization for mobilizing and protecting working artists in any field. The Costume Designers Guild (IATSE Local 892) and Motion Picture Costumers (IATSE Local 705) are the two unions that govern costume design and implementation on all union film and television projects. But navigating what jobs fall under which union, and how to go about joining can be somewhat confusing for people looking to break into the business.
Salvador Perez is President of the Costume Designers Guild, as well as the acclaimed costume designer of The Mindy Project, Veronica Mars, Pitch Perfect and (the soon to be released) Pitch Perfect 2, among many others! Salvador is known best for the expert way that he mixes a wide variety of prints and color. In discussing the field, Perez said "Costume Designers take the ordinary and make it extraordinary!" I recently had a chance to talk with Mr. Perez about how the unions work, and asked him to give some advice for people looking to join.