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NYC New Member Reception

Spring 2014 New Member Reception

Charlotte d’Amboise speaks to new members at New York City New Member Reception


One valuable piece of advice Charlotte d'Amboise imparted to new Equity members was “believe in yourself, keep plugging and plugging — and growing.”

The Broadway (currently in Pippin as Fastrada) and film actor (Frances Ha was a popular conversation point), and AEA member since 1983, was the special guest speaker at the new member reception held on May 15, 2014, in New York City.

A veteran of the Great White Way — having starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago and Cassie in A Chorus Line, among numerous other productions — talked about her personal history, like being the daughter of dancers Jacques d'Amboise and Carolyn George and what her childhood afternoons consisted of. She credited her success as a working actress to time spent in adolescence training and practicing, “When I came home [from school], I sang and I dreamed.”

She spoke about the struggles to find work early in her career, fighting to earn her Equity card and working non-union (where she made $30 a week). She happily entertained questions about balancing life as a working Actor while raising a family, agents, audition tips, and keeping a healthy relationship with husband and Pippin co-star Terrence Mann.

d'Amboise admitted that 80 percent of the time, she is “terrible” at auditioning. Her advice: “When I know the audition material very well – then I can relax and be my best. Take the audition side in with you and refer to it, use it; allow what makes you unique come through.”

When asked if there is anything she knows now that she wished she knew at the beginning of her career, she said, “To be freer and to trust your instincts and allow yourself to relax, to hear and to listen.”

Following the Q-and-A with d'Amboise, Calandra Hackney, Agency Business Representative spoke about Equity Franchise Agents; Vincent Cinelli of the Equity-League Pension Health and 401k Trust Fund supplied information about qualifying for medical, vision & dental coverage and spoke about the Pension and 401k plans. Renata Mariana from The Actors Fund spoke about the organization and the support and assistance they can provide.

The new members who were present at the reception spawned from different parts of the globe, the farthest being Colombia.

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