It is with a heavy heart that I have had to withdraw from the understudy opportunity at Berkeley Rep. I'm not going to go on a diatribe or rail against the system or the circumstances on this blog. Those who wish to ask me personally about what happened, I'll be glad to share with you.
But what I will say is that I'm proud to have been asked by The Rep to take on the opportunity. And that despite the circumstances, I am keeping a positive outlook for myself.
ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION
During this process, I've learned new things about my status with AEA. The short of it is: I'm a professional actor, and I now have enough experience to be paid as such. I haven't joined AEA because there is not a pressing need to do so in San Francisco - at least not yet. But I can feel it coming. Right now, I can work in non-union theatre as often as I please, and I can audition for the Equity houses in the Bay Area. At this point, I'm considered a must-join, and if I'm offered a position with an Equity house, I must be offered a contract, and become a member of Equity.
My goal is to join Equity within the next two years, or earlier.
I know what to expect should I join while living in the Bay Area, and that opportunities may be limited and far-inbetween. However, that is my path. I deserve to be working now for the professional companies.
I also intend to begin writing material for myself, where I can create my own work and develop that to the fullest extent. See my entry featuring my discussion with Tina Packer here.
Since returning from Shakespeare & Company, I've auditioned for 5 companies in the Bay Area, from Shakespeare Santa Cruz, to Marin Shakespeare Company, to TheatreWorks and Golden Thread Productions, as well as Playwrights Center of SF.
I'm set to perform in the 24-Hour Playfest next weekend, and have committed to a developmental reading in June of a new play. I've got an amazing community of support and influence, and there are so many exciting things happening in theatre here.
More and bigger opportunities will come, and that's what excites me the most right now.
One step back, two steps forward.