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   April 14, 2006

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New Permanent EPA Pre-Sign-Up Procedures Adopted in LA

Following are new, permanent Equity Principal Audition (EPA) Pre-Sign-Up procedures recently adopted for the Los Angeles area. Based on proposals submitted by the Western EPA/Monitors Committee, chaired by Councillor Michael Dotson, and by staff member Michael A. Ankney, and recommendations of the Auditions Departments of all three regions, the procedures were approved by the Western Regional Board (WRB) at its meeting on February 10, 2004 and converted from experimental to standard audition procedure for Los Angeles area auditions by the WRB on Oct 18, 2005.

  1. For one week prior to each required principal call, actors may come in person to the Los Angeles AEA office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and sign up with the receptionist for one of the designated Pre-Sign-Up time slots. Please note that you may sign up only until 4 p.m. on the last business day prior to the audition. Two (2) of the six (6) slots in every twenty minute block of appointments may be used for this procedure. The rest of the spaces in those time slots will be left for performers to sign up as they would normally, beginning one hour before the official start time on the day of the audition. You may only sign up for yourself. At the office you must show your paid-up AEA membership card per EPA procedures, after which you will be able to choose your time slot, as available.

  2. You must also bring your paid-up AEA membership card or written verification from the AEA Membership Department of your current paid membership status with you on the day of the audition to show the monitor when checking in. There are no exceptions to this rule.

  3. Following normal audition procedures, on the day of the audition you must arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your assigned time slot, based on the monitor's official timepiece, and show the monitor your current paid-up AEA membership card to check in. If you are late, you will lose your audition time and an alternate will be given the appointment, time permitting, per EPA procedures. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you arrive before the required 10-minutes prior to your audition to allow for any AEA or producer paperwork and to receive new or additional information as well as the normal traffic or parking challenges.

  4. If you cannot honor your Pre-Sign-Up time, you are responsible for canceling by calling the Equity office. If, after having utilized the EPA pre-sign-up procedure, an actor does not show up for her/his appointment time and does not call the Equity Office, he/she will be considered a "No Show" and that actor will not be able to use the EPA pre-sign-up procedure for a period of six months following that "No Show." The actor may still, of course, sign up for the audition at the audition site the day of the audition, as usual.

  5. All other National EPA procedures remain in effect.

For further information contact Michael A. Ankney, Western Region Outside Business Representative/Auditions Coordinator, (323) 634-1750, ext. 304.

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