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Is this true with casting directors?

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Is this true with casting directors?#0
Posted: 2/21/04 at 10:35am
Is this true with casting directors that if you are "currently" a non-eq and audition/go out on a non eq tour such as pheonix, big league or troika they wont hire you for an equity show? I heard this stupid comment from somebody and I just want to confirm if it could be true.
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re: Is this true with casting directors?#1
Posted: 2/21/04 at 12:49pm
Totally unfounded and untrue. Totally.
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Don't listen to whoever told you that. Not true.
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Casting directors want the best actor for the part. Unless you beat your wife, kick the dog and threaten the President, they will pretty much overlook anything.
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This would really only apply if the non-Equity person didn't want to join the union when cast in an Equity show.

And yes, there actually are some people who prefer to retain their non-union status a little longer because they believe they get a lot of work that way (even with the inferior and sometimes scary work conditions involved).

Although it is rare, I have known people who turn down a chance at union work because it means giving up their non-union careers.

Frankly, that would be an unwise professional choice in the long run, but at various points in an actor's career there are different needs. It is a big step for some people who work regularly in principal roles in non-Equity shows to step up and then compete with Equity people (many of whom are much more experienced and well known).

And you can't have it both ways --- you can't take the Equity work AND keep working non-union in the future too.

But it most certainly isn't the casting agent who's to blame as was indicated to you.
Updated On: 2/21/04 at 04:32 PM
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