I arrived in New York in the fall of 1962, fresh out of high school and ballet trained. My first job was in the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall, which was under AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) jurisdiction. My next few jobs (the 1964 World’s Fair and in nightclubs in Vegas and in Tahoe), were all under AGVA contracts. I returned to NYC in 1966 and got a summer stock tour for Guber, Ford & Gross and finally got my Equity card. I was “legit.” It meant so much to me to have the union card that Broadway performers had.
In 1967 I landed my first Broadway show, Golden Rainbow … and the rest, as they say, is history.