The Working Actor

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    Breathless With Emotion

    How can an actor do good work while dealing with a chronic condition in real life? How can I push through this feeling to express myself with emotional truthfulness and do the work that I love so much?

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    Artistically Inclined, College in Mind

    While I know artistry and commercialism don't have to be mutually exclusive in this business, it seems like you have to be good-looking, charming, and tremendously social to even be seen.

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    Forbidden White Lie

    A few weeks back, I offered a two-parter titled "Jerks Don't Work." Though not everyone agreed with all of my advice, I'm always glad to have sparked discussion.

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    Kissing Caution

    I am auditioning for a part that requires me to kiss someone I've never met. How can I be certain this person is not sick and doesn't have any easily transmittable diseases, such as herpes?

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    Across the Ponder

    I was wondering if you could lend any insight into the experience of trying to be a working American actor in the U.K. Are they generally accepting or do they prefer it if you attended drama school in the U.K.?

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    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?

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    Out, Out, Damned Spot; Study Stall

    Is there any resource to find out if a commercial is playing and which shows run which ads? Also, is there an appropriate way to contact the production company to get a copy for my reel?

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    Managing Management

    I'm guessing that what you and the other actor are really considering is teaming up to get the breakdowns illegally so you can submit each other for roles. I think this is a big mistake.

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    The A-List, Credit Problems

    The ethical dilemma with pay-to-meet "workshops" is that actors are being charged by potential employers or business partners for meetings. It's like bribery.

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    Auditioning Ado, SAG Redo

    I've been called in to audition for a movie. They've given me the circumstances—pretty well defined—but no dialogue. Any tips for how to prepare?