The Working Actor

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    Area Code, Time Management

    I was just asked by a Los Angeles casting director if I was a "local hire." I replied, "I live in New York," which probably was a dumb answer. What's "local hire" and how should I respond?

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    Union Provisions, Name Decisions

    "The big question: Do I de-ethnicize my name in favor of a more Anglicized/American moniker? If I don't, I might risk being pigeonholed into ethnic parts."

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    How to Lose $500

    "I sometimes take a few weeks to answer letters, but in this case we don’t have that kind of time. This is really simple: It’s a scam."

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    Rocky Mountain High

    I'm moving to Colorado. Will being part of SAG and getting my Equity card serve me any purpose there? Or should I pursue my passion nonunion?

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    Actors' Rule

    I know that as union actors we're not supposed to do nonunion work. But, hypothetically, what happens if we do? I'm not saying I would. But what are the penalties? Do you get kicked out? Fined? Blacklisted?

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    Speaking Up

    You're on set, putting in your best, when you notice that something isn't right. When you suspect you're being treated out of accordance with your contract, how can you speak up?

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    Location Management

    "I'm a recent college graduate planning to move to New York to pursue my acting career. I've visited a few times, but I can't figure out how to find an apartment. Should I just move to New Jersey and commute?"

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    Misleading Lady

    Are strange or seemingly miscast credits better than no credits at all? Will this turn into a problem that could hurt my chances at future professional auditions?

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    Training, Transitioning

    "I'm an actor who has made a bit of a career for myself working behind the camera. My problem is that I want to act full time, not just work as a camera operator."

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    Gay for a Play

    "I'm extremely concerned (almost terrified) about how my "traditional" family, friends, and potential bosses or directors would react if they were to Google my name and find it associated with a gay-and-lesbian event."