• Nothing to do with male harassment 12/06/2017  8:57pm

    After you received your equity card how long did it take for you to get your next equity contract? (Nyc actors only) looking for some positive stories ie. “Took me five years but then I got a tour and then Broadway”. Trying to stay positive.

    wontsingbeforenoon

    So I joined AEA through a sister Union so I had never even had an equity job before i joined...didn’t even have any EMC points. I joined in the fall of 2014 and got my first callback 8 months later then booked my first AEA job in January of 2016 (job started in March 2016). So call it 18 months. Since then I have been working very consistently ended up doing 3 shows in each of the last two years.. Earned a year of health insurance and am 1 week shy of another 6 months when the year is done. Not broadway but I’m thrilled. Especially because I was worried when I joined that I would never work again.

    sngrgirl1 12/06/2017  10:27pm

    Almost two years, but it was a huge regional premiere, and I was the star.

    sosayethi 12/06/2017  10:34pm

    Got card through TYA, then ten months to get another TYA.

    Snarky 12/06/2017  11:22pm

    Interesting cause I got my card through emc so technically have never worked on aea contract- moved to Nyc and it’s been 2 years

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/06/2017  11:52pm

    My 2 cents:
    Don’t compare your career to anyone’s. Equity or not it all depends on what shows theaters are doing and your type. Don’t sweat it. Keep auditioning and trust your talent.

    Gagainsider 12/07/2017  12:18am

    Agreed! It is all so dependent on other factors. I mean, this year it's all Mamma Mia and In The Heights...not a great season for me...so I can't imagine i'll be working a ton in the regional houses, which is fine. It is what it is.

    Smactor 12/07/2017  12:24am

    Totally true just curious if there are people that literally didn’t work for 5-10 years and then started working non stop. And I don’t mean 10 years and not trying. Just wanna bear some stories.

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/07/2017  12:33am

    #wontsingbeforenoon: Yes, but I'm still plugging away at it.

    Past Tense 12/07/2017  10:22am

    Except for the working nonstop part. :-)

    Past Tense 12/07/2017  10:23am

    It's all about timing meeting opportunity.

    I wouldn't say I WASN'T working at all...but I've been AEA for about 8 years, and last year I booked a Broadway show from a chorus call.

    If you still enjoy the work and the audition process, keep going, but if you start to stress take some time to explore other creative outlets. I did improv for a few years and it really helped clear my head a bit.

    AFTC 12/07/2017  2:06pm

    Aftc- were you working regionally a lot those 7years before you booked?

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/07/2017  2:16pm

    ^^ nope. Was doing more little gigs here in the city.

    AFTC 12/07/2017  5:06pm

    So interesting! I can’t imagine that the bway show u got was the only broadway show you were fight for in 8 years! So do u think it took that long to break into the offices for them to say oh yea we know them? It’s just crazy to me like why things happen

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/07/2017  10:22pm

    Yeah I'd been in finals for a few things over the years, so certain offices definitely knew of me...those relationships are definitely a factor.

    I attribute it finally happening tho to the moment when I kind of stopped giving a fuck about what you're 'supposed to do' in the industry and just kind of did what I wanted to do. It's polarizing...but when it's right it's right.

    You'll be fine! :)

    AFTC 12/07/2017  11:42pm

    You have an example of things your not supposed to do but started doing lol I hear it a lot but what does that mean? Like showing up in an undershirt? Lol

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/07/2017  11:49pm

    It's not so much about doing things to "stand out" or "look like you don't care" (which would be your undershirt example)...it's more about an energy than anything else. It's not the easiest to describe because it kind of comes from you just focusing on being authentic (whatever that means to you).

    I sometimes use "Book of Mormon" as as reference (not the show I did)—all through college I was told that was the box I would fit into...but it wasn't work/material that I found particularly motivating. So when I decided to say, "nope, I'm not going to try to look like that/try to hit all these high notes/etc" was when I started finding work that excited me artistically.

    Did you just graduate??? Would be happy to meet in person and have a chat!

    AFTC 12/08/2017  8:09am

    ^^^^ AFTC is mentorship in action!

    sosayethi 12/08/2017  8:41am

    Ha no I’m like almost 30 but moved to Nyc two years ago when I turned equity, before equity I was working. Sure I’m up for meeting! If you wanna email me at this screen name then gmail!

    wontsingbeforenoon 12/08/2017  12:15pm