BWW SPECIAL FEATURE: How I Got My Equity Card - By Kimberly Faye Greenberg
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Today's 'How I Got My Equity Card' features Kimberly Faye Greenberg, an actress and singer who is currently starring in DANNY & SYLVIA, THE Danny Kaye MUSICAL at St. Luke's. When not performing onstage, she is a swing dresser on many Broadway musicals.
"Getting my AEA card was a test in patience and perseverance. I had been offered the opportunity to earn points at several long term regional gigs when I had finished college but both of these jobs paid nothing and required a full time commitment and I honestly couldn't afford to do it.
"Then throughout my first years in NYC I was offered my card several times again, these times I would have taken it in a heartbeat, but again it didn't work out! The first time I couldn't take it as I had just signed a contract for another project. Another time I couldn't take it because of a family emergency. It was frustrating, but completely beyond my control, especially since I had spent hours waiting to be seen at many AEA calls.
"I then became a member of AFTRA for some soap opera work I did. And, by being a working member of AFTRA for a year, I was eligible to buy into AEA by it being a "sister" union.
"Literally, the day I became eligible to finally join I walked myself to AEA and paid my dues. I am a firm believer in everything working out for the best and it seems that it did! As I have been a working AEA actor ever since!"
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