The Working Actor

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    Stop and Enjoy Your Accomplishments!

    Working Actor Anna Margaret Hollyman knows that sometimes you can forget that you’re actually moving forward in your career—and that’s why it’s important to celebrate even the small milestones.

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    Why Are You Waiting for Permission to Have a Career?

    Working Actor Anna Margaret Hollyman wasted time waiting for approval from the “industry gatekeepers”—until she realized that she was wasting time she could spend acting.

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    Actors Anonymous Step 5: Managing Expectations

    For Working Actor Kelli Barrett, this month’s column on learning how much to expect from a roller-coaster profession turned out to hit very close to home when her Broadway musical suddenly closed.

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    The Power of Backstage

    For Working Actor Anna Margaret Hollyman, Backstage is where her entire career began—starting with some $99 headshots and a student film audition that taught her everything she’d need to know to advance her career.

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    Actors Anonymous Step 4: Community

    Working Actor Kelli Barrett, currently starring on Broadway in “Dr. Zhivago,” takes readers through the fourth step of Actors Anonymous: committing to community.

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    Does Dyeing Your Hair Change Your Audition Luck?

    Working Actor Anna Margaret Hollyman was entranced by the story of one actor changing her fortunes with a dye job—but is it realistic to think a new hair color will get you cast?

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    Actors Anonymous Step 3: Fearless Moral Inventory

    Kelli Barrett, currently starring in “Dr. Zhivago” on Broadway, takes readers through the next step of her Actors Anonymous program: letting go of the bad and embracing the good.

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    1 Tip for Ignoring the Noise and the Nerves

    For Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Gayby,” “White Reindeer”), a particular personal mantra helped her avoid falling into the trap of nerves and remember why she loves acting in the first place.

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    Why Actors Have Gotta Have Faith

    Kelli Barrett, starring in the upcoming Broadway musical “Dr. Zhivago,” underscores the importance for performers of having faith in themselves and in their talents.

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    10 On-Set Tips From Michaela Watkins

    The comedy actor (“Trophy Wife”) and writer (“Benched”) gives Backstage a list of important on-set behavior tips for once you land the job, starting with a “no assholes” policy.