I wasn't sure what to expect when I first signed up for an ECC online. Would the ease in adding your name to the list mean that there would be more people attending the calls? Would the number I signed up with be close to the number I actually had going into the room? After all, we can cancel now if we know we can't make it. That must change things, right?
Nope! Nothing changes. It turns out there is a finite number of Equity members available to attend a call on a certain day, and that number does not seem to have changed. Turnout remains the same. Since you can no longer sign up more than once-- a habit some people undertook in case they were running late and missed their name-- the list goes maybe a tad bit faster. No one's taking advantage of the cancel button. (Use it, people! Save the monitor some time and vocal energy.)
I spoke to AEA's Josh Austin, the website content editor, about how the changes have Equity. "We've gotten really great feedback from members," he said. "It's definitely easier to sign up. We're also gotten constructive feedback from members." He emphasizes that Equity is still open to suggestions on improving the site.
And he means it. The union strategically launched the ECC online signups in August, which traditionally is a slower time of year. That way, they would be able to implement feedback and improve the site in time for the whammy that is January through April. They changed the search options, incorporating a "regional" search. They enhanced the page, making some particularly useful buttons more prominent. My favorite is the "Save to My Notices" button, which allows you to line up all the auditions you intend to go to on one page, saving you some scrolling and clicking, especially when it comes time to sign up for ECCs.
Equity is continuing to work on the site, with online signups for EPAs rolling out sometime in December. Check back with The City Audition when that happens! In the meantime, we can all look forward to less stress and more rest heading into 2017.