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    Maryland Meltdown, Wardrobe Worry

    What advice can you give a 30-something mother from Maryland who has spent half her life dreaming of working as an actress in New York?

  • Advice

    Swinging Lessons

    I recently landed a role as a swing at the only Equity theater in town.  I overlooked the notes about the swings also doing stage crew work.

  • Advice

    Bicoastal Uncertainty, Indie Opportunity

    To bi-coast or not to bi-coast! I was compelled to write after reading your article about moving from L.A. to New York.

  • Advice

    Sweating and Swearing

    I actually have two questions, one of which is medical and the other ethical. I'm a 60-year-old man who returned to acting three years ago after a career in an unrelated field.

  • Advice

    Audition Questions

    I resent directors and other auditors who make you audition in front of, or even with, other actors auditioning for a production

  • Advice

    The Top 10 Acting Myths

    Many studios and schools pride themselves on training their actors to be able to "play anything." As if casting directors are going to consider all actors equally for all roles.

  • Advice

    The Three-Foot Toss

    I'm a young teen living in NYC and I really love acting. I've read a few books on the industry and on how to perfect my craft, but I'm having trouble as to where to begin.

  • Advice

    A Transplant's Guide to Los Angeles

    Advice columnist Michael Kostroff, a native New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles, goes toe-to-toe with fellow columnist Jackie Apodaca, an Angeleno who has lived in New York, on some of the quirks of each town.

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    A Transplant's Guide to New York

    Advice columnist Jackie Apodaca, a West Coaster who has lived in New York, goes toe-to-toe with fellow columnist Michael Kostroff, a New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles, on the quirks of each town's culture.

  • Advice

    Kissing Comment, Class Flack

    I've never had to kiss another actor at an audition, even at callbacks. Can you imagine? Four people called back for each role and you end up smooching by proxy with all of them?