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The Hardline / To Go Union or Not to Go Union
« on: Nov 12, 2004, 11:23 am »
Thanks for the feedback.  

As far as the union baggage goes, I have worked in a union theatre for two years now as a non-union ASM - so I have gotten a sense for the 'union baggage'.  Interestingly, taking in all of the numbers - there are certain gigs which actually pay more being non union - but then there are no protections.  

As I intend to make Stage Management a career (at least for now), I find that the benefits and protections of joining are appealing - but at the same time I don't want to join, then cut off the non-union job market, probably my best chance to get a job coming out of college.

The Hardline / To Go Union or Not to Go Union
« on: Nov 03, 2004, 08:19 pm »
I am going to finally be graduating this April and am facing the big question... now what do I do with my life?  The good news is that I have some options:

Right now I am facing the question - Do I go Union now or wait?  I have a great relationship with a regional theatre who would give me an equity contract if I smiled and winked at them.  That contract would be from May - October 2005.  

However, I am planning a visit to NYC in April to also test the job market there.  I am hoping to send out some resumes beforehand and maybe get some interviews while I am there.  I figured my best chances right out of college would be for non-union tours or something like that.  

So I guess my real question is - do I go union and then try NYC or do I try NYC while non-union?

Anyone have any pointers about that timing or getting a job in the city?

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