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  • Breaking Contract Prior to Rehearsals 06/14/2018  5:26pm

    I have a contract coming up in about two months. Due to some personal issues, as well as some scheduling difficulties, I need to bow out. I feel awful. Has anyone ever done this and still been able to be hired by the company again at a later date? It is so difficult to book these days it seems, so I feel like I might be making a huge career mistake by doing this, but life has just thrown me a curveball and the situation is what it is, unfortunately. Any anecdotes that mirror my situation that anyone could share would be greatly appreciated. Good or bad!


    Depending on your contracts wording you can utilize the out clause if there is one, or you can ask to be released.

    You still are 2 months out so its plenty time for them to call in a replacement.

    So at the end of the day, you need to do whats best for you and what will allow you to do your best work. You might not be able to focus on your work on stage if you're going through major life events that may require consistent attention to other things...
    It's a purely personal decision but better to be made sooner then later.

    BariToxic 06/14/2018  6:28pm

    Depending on how your process of getting the job was, here are my two cents (or $1.50):
    - If you got this through an agent or a CD, reach out to them NOW. Tell them what's going on. If it is deeply personal, you don't have to go into more detail than you want, but remember these are human beings and might care. Apologize as needed, but no need to flagellate yourself. (If you think it's possible on your end and without knowing the nature of the need to pull out) Ask them if there is any way to continue. If you are certain that is not possible, tell them you won't be able to take the job. It's two months. They have time. A CD and the theatre will already have had alternatives from auditions and they can go back to that bench.
    - If you got it "on your own" from a direct audition, EPA, etc. and the show has a CD AND you have a good relationship with that CD... still contact the CD and do the above.
    - If no CD you know or have dealt with, contact who your contact has been at the theatre and tell them.

    The most important thing is to do it NOW. What WILL upset them is if it comes last minute and they can't easily find any of their alternates or hold calls because it's too late.

    Also remember that bit about being human. Life happens. MOST people understand that. MOST people really will have compassion if you are authentic and honest with them. And if they react poorly, while it may sting and discourage you, it's on them. If you are honest and let them know in plenty of time, you've done your best.

    And for whatever is happening in your life - best wishes to you. Sometimes all the other "stuff" of life comes before being an actor and that is OKAY - it doesn't make you any less of an artist. It makes you human.

    usernamesmakemeanxious 06/15/2018  1:39pm

    I had to do this recently for personal reasons as well. I felt horrible. I absolutely hate backing out of commitments. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. I sent them an apologetic email. Never heard back, but I’d like to hope that they understood.

    I really don’t think they’ll hold it against you if you give them notice. Everyone’s human.

    Bwayluver 06/16/2018  12:03am

    With no judgment of Bwayluver, if it's through your agent or a trusted CD, call if you can instead of email. Otherwise, I agree with Bwayluver.

    usernamesmakemeanxious 06/16/2018  8:38am

    I had to do this earlier this year and I felt HORRIBLE. I was just very honest with the person who hired me and they were understanding.

    My issue ended up resolving itself a couple weeks later and I reached back out and actually got the job back, despite then holding more auditona up try to recast. People are human and realize shit happens sometimes.

    So as long as you’re forthright I wouldn’t worry about burning bridges or anything like that :)

    Hellooooooooo 06/17/2018  6:17am