The Working Actor

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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.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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?

  • Advice

    Graceful Goodbyes

    I have been taking acting and vocal classes with the same instructor for about a year, but now I want to do vocals with him and study with another instructor for acting.

  • Advice

    Jerks Don't Work, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed the professional perils of being a jerk. Today, I'll talk about exceptions to the rule and some ways to cultivate nonjerkiness.

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    Jerks Don't Work, Part 1

    I wish there was a way to tell these kids that they're really damaging their reputations—and possibly their futures—by burning these bridges. I just don't know how to do it.

  • Advice

    Actors' Motivations, Callback Proclamations

    Why do people like acting? If you ask me, it's sadomasochistic. Lots of movie characters have things happen to them that you definitely wouldn't want happening to you in real life.

  • Advice

    What Are the Chances?

    I'll be 36 or 37 when my training is completed. Instead of committing two years to full-time actor training, should I choose instead to study part time while pursuing acting work?

  • Advice

    Ditto for D.C., Reading List

    "I was wondering if by any chance you can recommend a couple of acting books that will help me in my career. I need to learn how to get my confidence up—I get so nervous in auditions."