• Online Audition App 01/12/2018  3:55pm

    Hi fellow actors,

    Lately I have been very curious as to why the union has still not done away with the paper sign ups and created a fully online audition system. I think it makes total sense. All sign ups are online. AEA appts, alternates, EMC, and non-eq. Then monitors don't have to deal with the hoards of people. No more standing in the cold. And no more wasting time!

    I feel like it is a no brainer and would cut down on everyones stress. People could keep track online to see when their alternate number is coming up. See if they aren't seeing non-eq. And cancel their sign up.

    I plan to email AEA and kindly inquire about this. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Heard any news of this happening?

    Puck.Rose

    I know, their online sign ups have been going so well, it doesn't make sense.

    Springfield 01/12/2018  4:16pm

    I would be against this. The only way I’ve been getting appointments is by waking up early and signing up in person. If it was exclusively via an app, I’d be worried about being shut out completely. At least with the current system if I want it badly enough I can ensure that I get seen.

    Hellooooooooo 01/12/2018  4:26pm

    Some actors are not always able to connect, some older actors may not be computer saavy, sometimes the online signups don't go well... In order to give all AEA members equal access to auditions, you can't eliminate this vital source of signup opportunity.

    Past Tense 01/12/2018  5:39pm

    Also, as a non-union actor, I respect the fact that it's not really Equity's job to implement a new, more convenient sign up system for me right now. It would be great to be able to sign up as non-eq for an equity call instead of getting up obscenely early and standing on line, or waiting in holding, or hanging out in Starbucks after being released til lunch... but that's just part of it right now. Since I'm not part of the union, they really don't have a responsibility to consider online sign-ups for us, period.

    As for making them better for current union members, I can totally see that being beneficial! I've read a lot of frustrating things about the system they're working with now, and I think AEA should prioritize improving what they have in place before trying to make it bigger. Otherwise it'll just be failing on a wider scale. Also, I think there's something to be said for people who don't have 24/7 internet access. It's second nature for many of us to assume everyone in this industry is connected all the time, but that's still not the case, especially with people struggling financially. We can't go 10000% into a system that just keeps adding expenses.

    MoreShakerThanMover 01/12/2018  9:22pm

    10% of adults with a yearly income of between 30,000 and 50,000 (I chose that bracket because a lot of actors fit into it) don't or can't use the internet. This is a bad idea.

    little dove 01/12/2018  9:27pm

    I think it's a great idea, and maybe Equity can provide like a "computer lab" for those that have no internet to do sign-ups, etc.

    There's also free internet on Broadway.

    I wish more non-eq companies would go to online sign-ups or appointments. Having to sign up at 4am and then come back and give your best auditoin, is just stupid.

    Smactor 01/13/2018  12:04am

    Anyone else miss Joy Dewing? Sigh...

    altosrule 01/13/2018  12:17am

    I think the reason AEA hasn't made sign-ups entirely online, in addition to not spending money on non-members, is so that is does make life more fair for those who don't get their first choice appointment. because I think alternates need to actually be first come first serve, as they will have no idea what time they will (possibly) get seen, and the internet is not a fair judge of first come first serve, as someone's speed could just be that much faster refreshing. So, if you're not actually signing up for a time, I don't think online sign ups make much sense. And, has the online sings ups really been going that well? Didn't one audition just go live a full 24 hours early thus totally screwing over many people?

    ToFormAMorePerfectUnion 01/13/2018  8:45am

    While AEA is still working things out with online sign-up, I would be hesitant to say that it's "going well ". The system gets so backed up because of all the people trying to sign up at 12pm at one time and many are left without a left at all. And also, people constantly cancel their appointments online an hour before their time, when that slot could have gone to somebody who could actually make the audition time. I think keeping walk-ins opens definitely evens out the playing field. This online thing is getting better but is still very very flawed .

    Actor12129 01/13/2018  9:49am

    I think the "going well" was tongue in cheek... I Hope? Because I have't talked to one Equity member who HASN'T had multiple issues with that system. One said she hadn't, but that was either mostly sheer luck or it was during the summer.

    Even my EMC self sees the problem that would ensue for going ALL online for Union calls so thank you everyone for explaining why this is. Sorry to the OP, but we're NOT ready for it just yet...there's way too many kinks to work out first, and that us gonna take some time.

    However...YES I MISS JOY. I knew the moment she was leaving, that online sign ups would go with her...that's the biggest reason I didn't audition for Rent/KK, I wasn't willing to go through that hell. I'm not wholly right for eater show, but I auditioned for her anyway, merely because it was online signups.

    Showbizdreamer 01/13/2018  10:16am

    And yes, there's no reason on this planet that non union sign ups can't be online at this point. I'm referring to non eq calls, not signing up as a non eq for Union calls.

    Showbizdreamer 01/13/2018  10:20am

    Yes, I was being sarcastic with the "going well" comment. #comedyinprint

    Springfield 01/13/2018  10:24am

    Here’s my dream:

    Pearl/NOLA/EQUITY/Ripley-Grier etc - the studios - invest in several iPads. These pads have a system on there that can be customized to each theatres desire for the day. How many people they want to see, it can be broken down by hour, or just a flat - before lunch, after lunch or whatever they want to do. One would be with the monitor to keep track and update the list, the other with the producer in the room to either handle typing, or just keep track of the day.

    As actors - we would create a profile that would have our headshot/resume linked to our email/phone and a 5 digit number or some shit. You would have to sign up in person, but it would be as simple as putting in your 5 digit ID and a pin - and it would automatically add you to either the signup itself - or a type sheet. If the theatre decides to type, they can just use the app like tinder and swipe through. Thoes they want to see will go directly onto the list those who aren’t are free to go - and aren’t out a headshot and resume.

    The app would also update in live time so auditionees on the list could monitor how fast its going - if the producers are choosing to do a morning/afternoon block - or “alternates” could be fed in - should the call be moving faster than expected.

    As an actor - you could customize notifications to be altered what number the call is on or whatever, and would allow you to manage where you are on multiple lists.

    As a producer - you get a more streamlined process.

    As an audition studio - you get less people hanging around - because actors know they can come and leave with more certainty.

    My thought is that you have to be there in person to put in your ID#, which would eliminate the unofficial list - but I feel like the unreasonable people would bring back the line up. So maybe it is something you can do at home - but you can only register for one audition per 10 minutes or something. IDK I’m open to suggestions.

    Just think of it as the “open table for auditions.” Or technically it’s closer to Reserve. Can you tell I spend too much time at a restaurant?

    2460noyoudidnt 01/16/2018  10:20am

    ^^^^You know what’s awesome and sad at the same time? This is awesome because it’s totally and completely 1000% possible. It’s also sad because the studios themselves won’t invest in it, it would take a lot of teeth pulling, and the theaters themselves wouldn’t either. Why the theaters wouldn’t, I don’t know...

    Showbizdreamer 01/16/2018  10:42am

    I can’t imagine a theatre company of any size using any portion of their budget to develop an audition app, as nice as it would be.

    kb 01/16/2018  11:51am

    Not an app but signupgenius is just too easy...it’s free (to my knowledge) and they’re digging in their heels at even that...

    Showbizdreamer 01/16/2018  11:56am