I'm sure this question has been asked numerous times but I, like many others am trying to get into the camera union in Los Angeles and its extremely difficult to get there. I've data managed on a handful of jobs and actually got to DIT on a job through a director I know. Out of everything, I've only managed to be classified as "union" on one job and the PM gave me grief because he said he was going to get fined by the union for putting me on as union even though I'm non-union. I have heard stories similar to mine but the non-union DIT/data manager will offer to pay the producer's fine in order to get classified as union. I guess I'm just looking for the best way to get "in". Any advice/help/comments would be appreciated.