Actors Equity unveiled its new online signup procedure for Equity Chorus Calls on July 25th. Like most members, this news had me spontaneously belting high notes throughout the day. I have waited YEARS for this to happen. In fact, the term "ECC" is described in The City Audition Glossary as follows:
ECC: Stands for Equity Chorus Call. A classic "cattle call" audition in which members physically, in person, haul their carcasses to the Equity building to sign their names to an actual paper list posted a week before the audition is to be held. (In Chicago and LA they can sign up online, the lucky bitches.) This audition is for ensemble tracks within a show, and are required by the union. "I am never going to another early ECC ever again. I don't belt before 2:00."
Now WE are the lucky bitches because we too can sign up online! Seriously, for a working mother who lives in New Jersey and books from Equity auditions all the time, this is a game-changer. I am so incredibly grateful to our leadership for this update.
Fortunately, this change came at an ideal time for me. I'm in my last week of a summer gig, but there are auditions I want to go to the week I'm back. Instead of texting my friends begging them to swing by Equity to sign me up, I experimented with both the mobile and non-mobile process of signing up. I also cancelled my spot in one of the auditions just so I could see how that worked. In case trying something new online makes you nervous, read on to see how it's done.
Step One: Log in to www.actorsequity.org.
Step Two: Click on 'Member Portal.' (Not CASTING CALL!)
Step Three: Look for the 'Casting Call' button on blue bar at top of page (fourth from left).
Step Four: Select your search criteria (Call Type, Contract Type, Location), and scroll through audition notices until you find one that's right for you.
Step Five: Click on that audition to select it. Members still sign up for ECCs one week in advance. (Online signup for EPAs is not yet activated, but it's supposed to be coming.) The current number of signups will be displayed.
Step Six: Click on the 'Sign-Up' link. A confirmation page will appear with your assigned slot. In my case, the assigned slot was 46, while the page before had said that only 36 slots had been taken. It's entirely possible that ten other people were trying to sign up for this audition at the same time as me.
The next day I attempted to sign up for an ECC for a new Broadway show RIGHT AT 9:30 when the list became available. At 9:30 on the nose, the website told me 12 slots had been taken; I signed up and got number 13. (Ooh, unlucky number! Won't be going to that call. JK.)
On mobile phones, the process is exactly the same. I found it a little bit difficult to navigate back to the audition notices after signing up for an ECC. (The Casting Call Home button sent me back to the location selection page. My back button worked better.)
I also went through and saved future auditions to "My Notices." I then clicked on the 'My Notices' link for an organized list of all of my future auditions. There is a "My SignUps" tab which does, well, exactly what it says it does. If you need to cancel an audition notice, that's where you go to do it. You can also cancel easily by clicking on the link in the confirmation email, signing in, bringing up "My Notices," then looking under "My Signups." I genuinely hope people make use of the cancellation option, in the interest of time and the monitor's sanity.
If you regularly make use of your computer's calendar, you can also add an audition to it by clicking on the link on the right under "Save to My Notices."
The updated site also lists related auditions! (Can't make the ECC? Here's the EPA.) This feature was available on the old site, but the layout is much better and much cleaner.
Brava, Equity. Thank you for making this aspect of the audition process much, much simpler for members!