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Meg_23_c2o

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AEA...to be or not to be?
« on: May 16, 2008, 11:19 am »
I've recently been offered the opportunity to receive my Equity card from a local summer theatre, but I'm not sure if it's worth taking.  I've been job hunting for awhile, and it seems that there are a lot of theatre that hope to get someone without their Equity card because it's less hassle.  Can anyone advise me on what to do?  Is it really easier to find a job with an AEA card?
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Re: AEA...to be or not to be?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 01:28 pm »
In my opinion, one should not turn down a job that comes with the enticement of getting your Equity card.  Joining Equity is a positive step in creating a professional stage management career and resume.

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Re: AEA...to be or not to be?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 03:44 pm »
Here are two links to other threads related to this topic that may be of interest:

Being offered my card, good idea?
Too soon to be Equity?

The first thread also includes a link to information on the use of the Taft-Hartley act. 

Best of luck to you as you make your decision!

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Re: AEA...to be or not to be?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 06:18 pm »
The question is whether you think you will be able to get your next job as an AEA ASM or SM.  If you feel confident in that ability then absolutely take your card.  I know that I do not yet quite have the skills for that so I wouldn't take my card right now.

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Re: AEA...to be or not to be?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008, 11:57 pm »
My gut reaction is that if you are not sure it is the right time, it might not be the right time.

Although, if you are professionally minded, and ready to work only at the union level - then there should be no hesitation to take the card.


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