Thursday, August 10, 2006

Advice

Here is the issue.

One of the leading theatres in the San Diego area is having open auditions for their Christmas show, which is a musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I would like to audition. However, as it is a professional theatre company, if I were to be cast, I would face two challenges.

1) I'm not sure if they rehearse during the day. If they do, it would become much more difficult to maintain my current day job. It may not be impossible to do both; I would have to inquire about that. I would be getting paid for the show comparably to what I'm getting paid at my job; however, I would face an immediate lowering of pay once the show closed. Plus, if I can stick it out at my day job through March, I will likely receive a fairly generous bonus.

2) Should I get cast in the show, I would have to join the Actor's Equity union. This would be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, it would likely raise my profile in the area among directors, and it is a necessary step should I want to have acting as a career. On the negative side, because it is a union, there are certain rules that I would need to follow, and one of the main ones is that I can only work for equity theatres, and there are not that many equity theatres in the San Diego area. While joining would be a definite step towards working for the more acclaimed theatres in the area, joining would also have the potential for making me be in fewer shows.

So, what do you all think? Should I just run into it head first, and let the chips fall where they may? Let me know so that I may mill over it some more.

5 comments:

Red Riding Hood said...

Run in! And at least audition. Then run out! It would be very similar to Cinderella. You'd have to forget a shoe though, you OK with that?

Analyst Catalyst said...

Who needs shoes?

I'm game!

Thany said...

Yes, my little sister is right! ABSOLUTELY audition! Consider the ramifications if (and when, because you totally rock) you are cast. But for now, could I recommend singing a selections from the soon-to-be-famous musical Utah?? It will really grab their attention!

Analyst Catalyst said...

Yeah. It would certainly be a lot of fun.

Thanks for the encouragement, everybody. I'll send the headshot in.

Red Riding Hood said...

OK well. I sought more advice about this dillemma and was told that it might be a good idea to decide ahead of time whether or not you are going to take this job. So the you don't have the pressure on you while you are making the decision...just a thought