Friday, January 22, 2010

Part of the Disney Family?

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As most of you know, I have done quite a bit of work over the past 2 years on “One Life to Live” (and show owned by Disney, which is the parent company of ABC.) I’ll get booked to work one-day stints on set, and then receiving a paycheck 2 weeks later, along with a residual check about 4 weeks after that when the episode airs on “SoapNet.” I have had the same relationship with Proctor & Gamble (parent company of CBS) after all of my work on “Guiding Light.”

So it was odd when I found a large (but thin) envelope from Disney in my mailbox the other day:
It was a brochure for their Employee Assistance Program which (those of you who have worked in corporate America know) is a program that pays for emotional counseling and ”personal life resources“ for all employees. Companies do this because they value the mental health of their employees, and feel it’s a good way to protect their investment of time and money for each person they hire.

Funny- I never really thought of myself as an employee of Disney, though I certainly get W2s at the end of the year. So, I find it amusing that, of all the things Disney could send me, a document regarding my mental health is my official introduction to the Disney family.

Though, if you think about it, the fact that I get W2s each year from one of the biggest companies in the world but still live paycheck to paycheck MIGHT make me a mental case at some point. Maybe we should applaud their foresight...

Oh and PS: I just booked ANOTHER day on "One Life to Live" - this time as a social worker. I'll be picking up my script next week, but in the meantime I am fantasizing about who I will be counseling... =)

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit


  1. Could it be they send this to everyone who works on a soap opera? Because of the stressful nature of the story lines? :) Congrats!

  2. Totally! Especially since I've now played 3 different people, so maybe they assume I have to address my multiple personality disorder.


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