Welcome to First Entertainment!

Earn up to $8001
when you become a member*

Exclusive offer for Local 695 members who live or work in L.A. County

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$300 Bonus

When you open a Checking Account2 with Direct Deposit of at least $1,000 per month and enroll in e-statements within 90 days of opening the account.

Credit Cards

Pocket Another $300

When you complete $1,500 in debit card purchases within 90 days of opening the account.3

Add an extra $200

Receive $100 for any of these options (up to $200 total): When you take out a Union Dues Loan4, Personal Loan or Auto Loan, or a Credit Card is opened.5

Union Dues Loan

Cover union membership fees quick and easy with competitive rates and quick turn-around on loan approval.

Personal Loan

Achieve your goals with low-interest personal loans for creators of entertainment who travel often or need to purchase new equipment.

Credit Card

Whether you’re looking to start a new DIY project, manage unexpected expenses, or make a balance transfer, put your plans into action with a Visa® Credit Card.

Auto Loan

With competitive rates and flexible repayment terms, you can get behind the wheel of your dream car without breaking the bank.

Your story matters®

As part of the entertainment community, you need a financial partner that understands your story. That’s the role we were born to play. We’re member-owned and not-for-profit, so you can count on:

  • Great rates and lower fees
  • Convenient digital and mobile banking tools
  • Branches on studio lots6
  • Loans to cover union fees
  • Investment and insurance services
  • Free credit score monitoring
  • Homebuying commission rebates
  • Free financial wellness resources
  • Easy transfers with Zelle®7

What our members say

First Entertainment is an ideal financial partner because the Credit Union understands the constant flux of the entertainment industry.

— Devin H., Set Lighting Technician Read the full member story
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What our members say

First Entertainment made the mortgage process painless for someone in the industry who has non-traditional work hours and pay history.

— Karen S., Makeup Artist (IATSE Local 706) Read the full member story
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What our members say

First Entertainment is the best place for me to be. They’ve done a great job meeting my needs.

— Neal Z., Prop Master Read the full member story
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What our members say

Being a creative and working on productions, we may have large checks, and First Entertainment makes it easy and worry-free to mobile deposit on the go.

— Rae A., Wardrobe Stylist Read the full member story
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What our members say

It’s important that a financial institution understands the unique needs of the industry it serves in an equitable and empathetic way, and First Entertainment does that well.

— Shari H., Director DEI Operations
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Empower yourself

Whether you’re looking for advice about a major purchase, want to better understand your credit score, need to cover the basics, or need to brush up on budgeting basics, our Financial Education Center has something for you! It contains close to 50 short courses organized into seven main tracks including:

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Building Financial Resilience

Explore tips for overcoming financial crisis.

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Owning a Home

Explore the benefits and costs of buying and owning a home.

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Preparing for Retirement

Learn how you should prepare for an eventual retirement.


Promotional offer limited to Local 695 Members.
Eligibility requirements apply, and all must be met within 90 days of account opening to qualify for up to $800 bonus. Must be employed by or be a member of the Local 695. Offer available to new members joining First Entertainment Credit Union between January 8, 2024, and December 31, 2024. A new member is defined as having no previous relationship with First Entertainment Credit Union. Limited to a maximum $800 total bonus per member. Accounts must be open for at least 90 days, active, and in good standing to receive bonus payout(s) (not in default, closed, inactive, or otherwise “not in good standing”). Bonus(es) will be distributed within 30 days after the 90 days qualification period once verification of all program requirements have been met. Bonus(es) will be considered dividends and may be reported on IRS form 1099-INT. First Entertainment Credit Union employees and business accounts are not eligible for this offer. Credit Union membership is established by opening a First500 Savings Account and is subject to approval. The minimum deposit required to open a First500 Savings Account is $1.00 (the purchase of one share at par value of $1.00), which must be maintained for the membership to remain in an active status. The APY for an account balance up to $500 in a First500 Savings Account will be 2.00% APY when a member has a First Entertainment Checking Account and has requested eStatements only (member must discontinue receipt of paper statements). Member must have either active Bill Pay service or Direct Deposit. Active is defined as one transaction every ninety (90) days for either service. Balances above $500 in qualifying accounts and any balance in a non-qualifying First500 Savings Account will earn the First500 Savings Base Rate. One First500 Savings Account per Social Security Number. In certain instances when the minimum balance is not maintained, and no other services or accounts are open, a low balance monthly fee may apply. For complete details, please refer to the Member Account Agreement and Disclosure (MAAD). Fees may apply; see our current Schedule of Fees for details.
New members must open a First Entertainment Credit Union Value Checking or Advantage Checking with at least $1.00 or more. Offer not valid for business checking accounts. The checking account must remain open for a minimum of 90 days. Member must enroll in eStatements within Digital Banking within 90 days of account opening. Member must set up Direct Deposit to a First Entertainment Credit Union Value Checking or Advantage Checking with at least $1,000 Direct Deposit per month within the first 90 days.
Member must make a minimum of $1,500 in debit card purchases linked to their new checking account within 90 calendar days of the membership open date. The $300 new checking account bonus will be credited to your First500 Savings Account within thirty (30) days after the 90 day requirement is met (which is within 120 days of membership opening). Offer does not apply to second or multiple checking accounts and/or existing members with checking accounts. For terms and conditions applicable to the Value Checking and Advantage Checking, see the Member Account Agreement and Disclosure (MAAD) and Schedule of Fees. Value Checking Account. To avoid a monthly service fee, the account must be signed up for eStatements only. For fee information, please refer to our current Schedule of Account Fees and Charges. No dividends are paid on this account. Advantage Checking. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is 0.10%. APY is based on the assumption that dividends remain on deposit for the entire dividend period. A minimum daily checking account balance of $1,000 or a combined minimum daily balance of $4,000 among all credit union accounts is required to avoid a monthly service fee. For fee information, please refer to our current Schedule of Account Fees and Charges.
Rate and term are dependent on the loan amount. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to credit approval. Offer subject to change. Loan proceeds must be “Paid Directly” to the Union and/or Guild. Loan proceeds may not be used to refinance existing First Entertainment Credit Union loans.
Only credit cards, union dues/personal loans, and auto loans qualify for the existing member bonus of up to $200 (one $100 bonus per new loan) with a maximum of two $100 bonuses ($200 total). All other loans do not qualify. Accounts must be in good standing to receive the bonus. Some restrictions may apply. This offer is not valid on refinances of existing First Entertainment Credit Union loans or for members who already have a First Entertainment Visa Credit Card. Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Not valid with any other auto or personal loan offer or promotion. Bonus(es) will be considered dividends and may be reported on IRS form 1099-INT. All loans are subject to credit approval. Not all members will qualify. Terms, conditions, and restrictions may apply. Rates and terms are dependent on the loan amount and are subject to change without notice. The loan(s) must fund within 90 days of application approval and the bonus(es) will be deposited into the member’s First500 account within 30 days of funding. Visit firstent.org for more information regarding our lending products. Our current rates are available at firstent.org/rates.
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