The Working Actor

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    Stuck in Rep, Pay to Play

    "It was with a mix of relief and sadness that I recognized the agent in question in your recent column ["Arrivederci A******," Oct. 29, 2009]. Because, unfortunately, I'm signed with him."

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    Facebook Manners

    "If a casting assistant I have read for several times is on Facebook, would it be weird for me to add him as a friend? I don't know him outside of those couple of auditions I have done for him."

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    Contact Hi, Teen Has-Been

    "Do I even have a shot? I'm not asking if I'm good enough. You probably can't tell me that through an email! But am I too old to keep this "silly" dream alive?"

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    Simple Resolutions

    This year I'd like to take a stab at some less overarching but altogether worthwhile objectives. Use these resolutions to get started on some practical goals of your own.

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    Character Traits

    "A coach told me, 'You're too smart for your own good.' So shall I train myself to conceal that intelligence and perhaps spend more time at the gym?"

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    Agency Blues, AFTRA Dues

    "I signed with my agent before I knew much about the industry. I know now that I should have gotten more experience and training before seeking representation."

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    Road Rage

    "I recently went through a rough experience involving my first professional tour and am desperately seeking advice on the situation."

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    Dues Discussion

    "I have a difficult time understanding how the unions are protecting the "working actor," and I am hoping you can help to clear something up for me."

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    Praise and Pass, Scouting Troupe

    Do you know of or recommend any theater companies in town where I can work with an acting family–type atmosphere?

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    Father Ponders Fi-Core

    My daughters have only done background work for the past two years. They accumulated waivers, and I was misinformed and told to join the Screen Actors Guild, which I did.