The Working Actor

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    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.

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    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?

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    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?"

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    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?"

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    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?

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    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?"

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    Commission Explainer, Hairy P.R.

    "I also know that one of the main things you get a manager for is so they can get you an agent. But what if I get an agent first? Do I still need to pay the manager as much, since I got the agent on my own?"

  • Advice

    Thanks For Nothing

    If CD's can't take a couple of minutes to comment on the work I just did, why should I spend the time and money to send them a thank-you card?

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    Theater Space, Self-Producing Promoter

    Budgeting, marketing, fundraising for, and managing a show—with your own money at stake—may take a few years off your life, but it can teach you a lot.