The Working Actor

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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."

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    Add Rep, Stock Options, Act Now

    My 6-year-old daughter gets plenty of commercial auditions, but not a lot of TV/film. Is it because well-known casting directors don't use breakdowns and go straight to the big agents?

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    Casting Suggestion, Directing Direction

    "Is there any way I can gracefully, directly or indirectly, suggest to the directors that they audition my friend?"

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    Name Dropping, Feeling the Burn

    "How can one choose a stage name? I have a headache from thinking about it 24/7 for the past few weeks."

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    Art vs. Commerce, Critical of Critics

    "I've gotten my first bad review. It stung a little, but the pain has subsided now because I know that I am a good actress, and my director, my fellow actors, and the audience were happy."