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AEA

Actor's Equity Association
Theater Union

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SAG/AFTRA

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists- Film/TV Radio Union

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AEA and SAG/AFTRA as unions

AEA and SAG/AFTRA used to be 2 separate unions until they got merged in 2012

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2 Major Markets for Actors

New York City + Los Angeles

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Other Markets

Chicago, Ilinois
- Could Easily be considered the 3rd Market

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20 Years Ago

- Los Angeles: If you wanted to pursue a film/tv career
- New York City: If you wanted to become a theater and Broadway Star
- Chicago: You went here if NYC didn't work out. Chicago only had theater with very little film/tv work

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Today

- Los Angeles: still primary film/tv but they have thriving theater community too
- NYC: still primary theater, but with more tv/film opportunities. Cost of living is high
- Chicago: thriving in both film and theater. Not as expensive as NYC

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After Picking NYC...

- Once you find a place to live, you need a "Survival Job"
- You'll need to get headshots taken
- Create an acting resume

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Survival Job

Any job that pays the bills, but still gives you the flexibility to go to auditions
- Waiter
- Temp Employee
-Teaching

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Headshots

-Professional Pictures taken of you for the purpose of identification
-Primary Tool for actors to promote themselves
- They should represent you

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Photo Session

- Ranges from $100-$700
- Includes 100's of shots taken
- Can have numerous outfits or looks

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2 Primary Headshots

- Dramatic
- Comedic
- Sometimes you'll choose a 3rd headshot for commercials or with facial hair

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After Selecting 2-3 Headshots...

- Photographer sends chosen pictures to reproduction company
- They will mass produce your headshots on heavy stock paper
- Although most submissions are digital, still need physical copy of headshots to audition

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Resumes Include

- Personal Info
- Acting Experience
- Education
- Special Skills

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Personal Info in Resume

- Height
- Weight
- Hair Color/Eye Color no longer required because headshots are in color now
- Contact Info: either personal or agent

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Acting Experience in Resume

- Theater
- Film/TV
- Commercial Work usually done in seperate resume

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Education in Resume

- Acting
- Voice
- Movement
- Stage Combat
- Dialects

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Special Skills in Resumes

- Juggling
- Tricks
- Drivers License

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Where to find work

- Backstage Magazine
- Online Services

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How Actors promote themselves

- Actors can create their own website that includes thier entire portfolio
- Actors can also have an social media to

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Non Equity Actors/Auditions

- Goal is to become Equity Actor
- Go to Open Calls

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How To Become Equity Actor

- Gain 50 Equity Membership Candidate points to become an Equity Actor
- 1 point=1 week of rehearsals/performances
- OR get hired by theater that can "turn" you Equity

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Open Calls

An audition that one doesn't need an appointment for. Go to open call and sign up for an udition slot.

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Sides

Scenes or portions of scenes given to an actor ahead of time to be performed in front of the director

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Equity Actor Auditions without Agent

- Similar to Non-Equity Actor Auditioning
- Equity Principal Auditions

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Equity Principal Auditions (EPA)

- Line up at 6/7 AM outside Equity building in nYC to get audition slot for later in the day
- Now you can book timeslots online
- Usually no director in the room

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The Agent

What most actors work hard to get because they can get you into big auditions.

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Equity Actor Audition with an Agent

- Casting Director sends out a notice stating the project their casting and what types of people they're looking for
- Agent reads notices and submits headshots if they think you fit the type
- Casting Director accepts submission and gives agent audition time for the actor

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Casting Director

- Sends out a notice stating the project their casting and what types of people they're looking for
- Is hired by the theater
- Works with director and various agents to find the right actors for the roles being cast

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Table Work

- Takes place in 1st Rehearsal
- Breaking down the script for meaning and understanding by analyzing every moment of the play
- Can last a few days