The Working Actor

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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."

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    Yes, We Have No Piano

    "I'm very confused. I always thought paying for audition 'seminars' was a scam (and still sort of do). Should I consider it?"

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    Escape From New York

    My husband and I are looking to move out of New York City, but I want to keep performing in musical theater. Can you recommend any good areas in the United States, or even Canada, for professional theater?

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    Should He Stay or Should He Go?

    "It seems to me that Equity only benefits major Broadway performers, and I'm sick of it. Any suggestions?"

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    Coast Conundrum, Waiting Worries

    I'm an actress on the East Coast and I was offered a sweet sublet deal in New York.  I also got a call from a management company in L.A. Do I go to New York and pound the pavement there or go to L.A. with this manager?

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    Sticking Point

    Should I continue pursuing a stronger agent, with the hope that he or she can get me seen for larger roles? What advice do you have for me to take that next step?

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    Callback Queries Squared

    Having just had a couple of good callbacks but no bookings, I find myself wondering what else I could have done. My question is: Do you need to try to sell yourself at the callback?

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    No Class, Parental Partners

    I'm 12 years old and just starting out. I don't think I should submit myself to any agents, because I need more experience. But again, I can't find any casting calls to gain experience. How do I break out of this annoying cycle?

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    Surviving the Survival Job

    "My survival job is sucking the lifeblood out of me. I am drained both mentally and physically. Is there any hope for me?"