The Working Actor

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  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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."

  • Advice

    Teacher Education, Partner Objection

    "I realize that homeschooling isn't for everyone, but it seems like a good way for child actors to have consistent teachers."

  • Advice

    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

    Back Stage Message Board Reacts to the SAG-AFTRA Merger

    On March 30, the SAG-AFTRA merger was approved by a substantial majority of the membership.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    Parent Trap, Photo Flap

    I'm an actor who happens to also be a mother—not a big deal. Like any professional, when I have a job, I balance my work with life with my husband and childcare.

  • Advice

    EMC Plea, Pay Survey

    Being an Equity candidate, I'm used to waiting for an opening to audition. But as of late, I haven't seen any! It's almost as bad as being nonunion now!

  • Advice

    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."

  • Advice

    Not Every Opportunity is Golden

    Working Actor Michael Kostroff reminds you that some job offers aren't worth accepting.