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Replies to: 2017 SETC

  • mom4bwayboymom4bwayboy Registered User Posts: 1,670 Senior Member
    Yes, @IfYouOnlyKnew! Now the waiting game to see what actually pans out. . . Why does it seem like we're constantly repeating the senior year of HS? Could it be that this is "the MT life"?? Hmmmm. . . .

    @vistajay - when S was a HS junior, he received "many" callbacks (double digits) (a tall male with extensive dance training, decent voice, good acting background). Of those, one turned out to be an offer of prescreen waiver (S ultimately applied/auditioned at that school); 2-3 were "promises" of modest scholarships if he applied (S did not apply to those schools for various reasons); approx 3-5 were for summer intensives or "professional" training, with "possible" scholarships offered; others were, "come hear about our program". Yesterday, as a college junior he received several callbacks (double digits) for summer stock at SETC (and has had similar "success" at other summer stock unifieds over the past three years - OTA and SETC). Of those callbacks, the majority were, "come hear about our summer opportunity" spiels, and/or "drop off you resume and headshot"; some were, "come to our venue and audition for part X/ensemble in the next few weeks"; some were, "We loved you! We'll be in contact in the next week or so" - then crickets. . . Only a few of that total asked him to again sing something or read "sides". Ultimately, he has received about 3-5 legitimate contract offers over the course of three years (one came very late in the season, after someone else apparently dropped out of his contract). To be fair, there were some venues that S was not very interested in pursuing - due to travel distance, compensation/housing issues, that particular summer's repertoire, "reputation", other competing interests, etc, - so theoretically, there may have been more "offers" left on the table.
  • IfYouOnlyKnewIfYouOnlyKnew Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    I'm pretty sure hurry up and wait is the norm going forward @mom4bwayboy . Congrats on callbacks. That's half the battle.
  • janne006janne006 Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @IfYouOnlyKnew Yes! Callbacks! And they went well, so now we wait! She just needs ONE summer job!
  • vistajayvistajay Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    Son got 33 call backs, which seems like a lot except that there were something like 200 programs there. He could not stay for call backs but did talk to the Open Jar folks. Anyone familar with that NYC summer program?
  • JoGallJoGall Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    My son knows 4 kids who went to Open Jar last year and loved it! They go to 4 or so Broadway shows and get to meet with Broadway actors. He is going this year!
  • stagedoormamastagedoormama Registered User Posts: 698 Member
    My D was offered a spot a few years ago, but it conflicted with Stagedoor. She likely would have gone if there wasn't a conflict. Seem like decent people in charge.
  • janne006janne006 Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Students have been getting some offers this week from SETC professional auditions . . . .many still waiting!
  • mom4bwayboymom4bwayboy Registered User Posts: 1,670 Senior Member
    So far, S has one terrific offer from a well-regarded summer theater, but logistics/money greatly impact the feasibility. They want an answer straight away. Where's the crystal ball when you need it?
  • IfYouOnlyKnewIfYouOnlyKnew Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    @mom4bwayboy congrats on offer! Logistics and feasibility is a huge concern for me in this industry! When does he have to decide?
  • vvnstarvvnstar Registered User Posts: 1,646 Senior Member
    It is a difficult thing to do -- we have been given the advice to strongly consider the "bird in hand". You don't know if, when or what the next offer will be. Ask yourself will you be ok if you turn this offer down and another offer does not come along? Or will you be disappointed if your turn this offer down and the next offer is for less money/less prestigious venue? We just can't predict if or when offers will be made. Much like auditioning for college, theaters will extend offers to their first choices and contact their second choices if and only if the first choices turn them down. (Some will call to gauge your interest and/or to let you know you are next in line if the first offer turns them down) Unlike schools, most theaters will not contact you if they are not going to offer you a job. Typically you just won't hear from them again. So it is hard to get finality or to know when all offers have been made. Conversely, there is the fear that if you take that offer in hand, something better will come along later and you won't be able to do it because you are under contract for the first offer. So much to think about. We are weighing opportunities right now also and it is difficult to know how to advise our D. At some point, I guess you just have to go with your gut instincts. Location, salary, role, something for the resume, industry contacts, etc..should all play into your decision making.
  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 Registered User Posts: 2,012 Senior Member
    Congrats @mom4bwayboy, I'm also very much a bird-in-the-hand, say-yes-to-everything kind of person, but your son probably has the best feel for what his other chances are.
  • vvnstarvvnstar Registered User Posts: 1,646 Senior Member
    So glad to hear he is taking it mom4bwayboy! He will have a great summer. Can't wait to hear all about it!
  • mom4bwayboymom4bwayboy Registered User Posts: 1,670 Senior Member
    Just updating for those who are wondering about timeline of communications from SETC summer stock callbacks. Yesterday - almost two weeks post-audition/callback - S received a polite, "we loved you, but don't have a place for you in our company this year" type email from one of his callbacks (one that actually asked him to sing and read sides for two lead characters from one of the season's shows). Still hearing "crickets" from other callbacks.
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