The Working Actor

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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?

  • Advice

    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?"

  • Advice

    AA Meeting, Extra Help

    I took a commercial class and got called in by a very big, well-respected agency. It's been three weeks since then and I haven't heard from them at all. I sent thank-you cards right after our meeting, but what do I do now?

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    Networking Ideas, EPA Testimonials

    For the New York actor, my method of networking is to get on the websites of the A-list theaters and start going to their readings of new plays.

  • Advice

    School Rumination, Get the Picture

    I see people my age on TV and in films and wonder if that could be me if I were in New York or L.A. Might it be more advantageous for me to get closer to the centers of the industry?

  • Advice

    Money and Moments

    "I spend a lot of time coming up with detailed pasts for the characters I play, but I don't really get how to use a moment before. Any tips for making this work?"

  • Advice

    In Defense of 'Workshops'

    "Can you honestly tell me there's any other way other than workshops to get in front of major casting directors or casting associates for one-on-one face time, guaranteed?"

  • Advice

    Networking Q's, Open Calls

    I know I need to market myself, but how exactly can I do that? Is there anything I can do to stand out?

  • Advice

    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"