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Equity president: Casting directors must let actors know if they have got the job or not

Maureen Beattie. Photo: David Jensen
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Equity president Maureen Beattie has called for an end to the “soul-destroying” practice of failing to tell actors they have not got the job following an audition.

Beattie said it was “impossible to quantify the amount of time, energy, passion and stress” that performers face when attending auditions, adding that “some people who make their living out of those very performers don’t bother to let us know that we haven’t got the job”.

“I cannot tell you how soul-destroying it is to find out you haven’t got a job when you meet someone at a party who unknowingly tells you they are so happy for their friend, because they’ve just landed the part you were up for,” she said.

Beattie added: “If you, the gatekeepers to work in the entertainment industry, do just one thing, I ask you to let us know if we haven’t got the job.”

She said members’ right to be told would be enshrined in the next round of Equity agreements.

Her plea follows commitment from leading venues and producers to give actors a yes or no following an audition.

Cameron Mackintosh and Sonia Friedman are among those who made the pledge to give every actor an answer, following the #YesOrNo campaign on social media site Twitter.

Leading commercial producers including Cameron Mackintosh and Sonia Friedman back #YesOrNo campaign

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