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Employment / Re: Post-Grad Options/Jobs- help
« Last post by Maribeth on Jul 11, 2018, 01:03 pm »
Do you have a certain geographic area that you're interested in working? If so, I would start researching theatres in that area and see where you'd like to work. Polish up your resume and cover letter, and have someone (like a friend or professor) look them over. Some theatres will list on their website what email address you should send resumes to- if they don't you can always try the production manager. Tailor your cover letter to the theatre you're sending it to! If you're applying to different genres (like dance or opera) it can be helpful to tailor your resume as well, to highlight relevant experience.

You can look up job postings - there's a thread here that lists a number of job posting websites. If you are planning on working in the same area that you studied, your professors may be able to get you introductions to folks hiring in that area. If you have connections from your internship, use them! Ask them if they are hiring, or if they would be a reference for you. It really helps to have a connection when you're applying to a new theatre- people will consider your resume more carefully.

Are you interested in ASM positions or SM positions? (Or both?) Are you looking for one full-time position all year, or are you willing to freelance?

Once you turn Equity, you'll be competing with all of the other Equity members in your area for those positions, so it helps to build up some non-AEA experience on your resume for a few years. Then, when you're ready to turn, you'll have the experience to get hired in those positions. Once you have started working, I think you'll get a better sense of how much experience you need before turning.

Re: finances. There's no one right answer for this. I would research the cost of living in whatever area you plan to work, and make a budget from there. If you live at home for a while after graduation, you might be able to afford to take some lower-paying positions while you build up your experience. If you are paying for housing, utilities, etc, you might need to look for higher-paying work, and/or supplement with a day job or other freelance work, like electrics calls. It's hard to budget as a freelancer - I found it helpful to create a spreadsheet with all of the work I had scheduled for the year and how much each job paid. Then I could see which months were going to be light and look for filler work, tighten my budget, and save up so that I had savings to tide me over.

Hope this helps!
Employment / Post-Grad Options/Jobs- help
« Last post by danapetersen26 on Jul 09, 2018, 11:58 pm »
Hello Friends,

I am going to be graduating in May of 2019 and am starting to look at that post-grad life in earnest. I was wondering of anyone can give me any tips on finding jobs or fellowships, and what they think is an acceptable amount of money to be making straight out of school.

I'll be graduating with a B.A in both Theatre and English. By the time I graduate I'll have 5 SM credits and 1 ASM credit, what I've discovered through interning is that the work I'm doing at school is almost identical (in terms of work type and amount) to the work being done by AEA SM's at LORT theatres, so I know my experience is good and I'm prepared to work professionally, I just don't know how to actually get hired. oh! I also have 8 equity weeks due to an internship, so should I just keep pursing becoming an AEA member?

Please share with me any thoughts or opinions you have.
Introductions / Re: When Life Gives You Lemons
« Last post by Maribeth on Jul 04, 2018, 09:09 pm »
Welcome aboard! Looking forward to your contributions to the forum.
Introductions / Re: When Life Gives You Lemons
« Last post by VSM on Jul 03, 2018, 09:56 am »
Way to go, Janette! I came thru the "school of hard knocks" as well and don't have a degree.
I have been earning my living, and feeling blessed every single day, for 20 years now...
Go for your dreams!
Introductions / When Life Gives You Lemons
« Last post by JanetteB12 on Jul 03, 2018, 03:09 am »
Hello everybody!

My name is Janette. It's nice to virtually meet y'all! I'm in my early 20s & just so happen to be a semi self-taught stage manager. I say semi self-taught because I have learned & am still learning a lot from mentors I find along the way, yet I also have not completed my degree.

Due to America's post secondary education costing an arm & a leg, I'm not sure if I ever will be able to recieve my BA. I haven't let this from stopping me from pursuing stage management, but I'm also not disillusioned. I know it'll be extremely difficult for me to branch out into professional stage managing without a degree behind me. That's ok. I'm willing to fight tooth & nail to do what I love!

I've been stage managing with a local company (read: community theatre). I worked on their last two productions, I am currently working on their third, and will be working on their fourth in the spring of 2019. I began as their ASM for a production of The Little Mermaid where the SM quit halfway through rehearsals. Instead of brining in a new SM, they gave me a chance to rise to the occasion & take over. It was extremely overwhelming (it was my first time calling a show), yet gratifying (my team & I nailed some tricky technical sequences).

Life gave me lemons, & I made lemonade!

I wanted to join this network to be able to be surrounded by likeminded people. We all have different experiences, and though I sometimes let the fact that I'm not a college graduate get me down, it doesn't mean that I don't have knowledge to contribute, or a skillset in need of being watered.

I'm honestly just so excited to be here! This feels like a major step in my continuing to learn & grow as a stage manager. I can't wait to get to know y'all.

With warm regards,
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Introductions / Re: Hi
« Last post by Maribeth on Jun 30, 2018, 09:40 pm »
Welcome aboard! Sounds like you have your hands full! We'd love to hear about your experiences.
Introductions / Re: Greetings from Kentucky!
« Last post by Maribeth on Jun 30, 2018, 09:39 pm »
Welcome! Sounds like an exciting project. :)
Introductions / Hi
« Last post by Harrypottermouse on Jun 30, 2018, 03:50 pm »

I found the network by accident - but think I can learn and share a lot.

I am a member of the management team of a small local independent youth theatre. We are just about 4 years old and have do some very leading edge plays with our young performers who never cease to amaze us. We've managed to do 42 productions in those 3 1/2 years, things like The Brink, Pronoun, Burrying you Brother in the Pavement, Zero for the young Dudes.... and we have a packed line up ready for next year. We just did Blood Brothers with 4 casts all rehearsing at the same was interesting. My part of it all is chaperoning, photography and publicity. Matt and Alex along with Lucy are your Directors and we have a team of 3 others who all help keep us running. Then there are the amazing kids who take lessons and do the plays and RADA exams. So looking forward to chatting over time here.
Harry (I'm a girl  ;D )
Introductions / Re: Greetings from Kentucky!
« Last post by VSM on Jun 30, 2018, 10:33 am »
Welcome Aboard and have a great time in Edinburgh!!!
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