Equity is made up of c36,000 (the number changes daily) professional creative people from every genre, age group and many cultures. There are a further 5,000+ student members. Being an Equity member gives you the opportunity to meet other members and share and benefit from each others’ experience and support.
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Our members are based all over the UK from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands and work across the entertainment industry throughout the UK and overseas. All of them have the opportunity to get involved in union activity and bring about change for themselves and other members on a local or national level.
Members who are known the world over join with those who are starting out to support campaigns, sign petitions, make suggestions, stand for election to the Equity committees and council, raise issues, debate things on our social media channels and contribute in many ways to the Equity community.
I like being able to say I’m a member of Equity, it’s like being part of a family, it gives some justification to what I do. It makes me feel, somehow, more professional. Ken Bruce
Equity can boast of countless student members who have gone on to have glittering careers but we reached a milestone in 2010 when 5,000 students were in membership at one time. Here's what the student member who made that total has to say:
I learnt about Equity when I was younger and thinking about becoming an actor. I had heard good, positive things about it, such as it's the union for performers and a useful resource. I think it is particularly helpful for when you are coming out of drama school and going into the industry. This is when you're finding your way and it's important to be able to lean on that advice and support. It's good to know you have a voice in the business that's on your side. Bernice Pike