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re: Actors’ Equity Association Announces ‘Open Access,’ Expanding Eligibility for Union Membership
Posted by: kess0078 09:45 pm EDT 07/21/21
In reply to: re: Actors’ Equity Association Announces ‘Open Access,’ Expanding Eligibility for Union Membership - Singapore/Fling 08:14 pm EDT 07/21/21

One aspect I have not seen mentioned in this thread - I feel like this will open up opportunity to join the Union at one’s own pace, and not at the first offer of an Equity contract, or to be automatically “in” once you earn enough EMC points.

I realize that my own experience is anecdotal, but I do feel it’s relevant: I was offered an Equity contract after a few years touring non-Equity. I was apprehensive about joining, and not 100% sure I was ready to jump into the next talent pool. But, I wasn’t sure if the opportunity to be given my Equity Card would come again any time soon, so I went for it and joined the Union. I was not ready- my career suffered. I would have benefited from a few more years working non union. If the opportunity to join Equity at my own pace, and when I felt like my career was in the “right place,” I would absolutely have waited to join.

A personal experience, yes, but I think so many people are discussing the eagerness of new members to join, but aren’t assessing the other end of the spectrum - many actors joined the Union at an inopportune time simply because that’s how the system worked.
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