The Working Actor

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    Forbidden White Lie

    A few weeks back, I offered a two-parter titled "Jerks Don't Work." Though not everyone agreed with all of my advice, I'm always glad to have sparked discussion.

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    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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    Gig List, Direct Marketing

    Could you give me examples of jobs for actors and singers in the theater business but not as a performer—a reader, teaching, voiceovers, extras, etc.—and the best ways of finding these jobs.

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    Forbidden Question, Meeting Challenges

    "I usually book roles five years younger than I am. I would honestly prefer not to disclose my age, as I believe it alters their perception of me for the role."

  • Advice

    For Me! For Me?

    I wanted to ask for your advice on researching and joining theater companies. I feel silly asking this question, because it feels like I should know the answer, being from New York.

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    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

    Jackie's Last Column

    Be kind to yourself as you seek your own balance, and always remember that acting is not your calling. It's your choice.

  • 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!

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    Ditto for D.C., Reading List

    "I was wondering if by any chance you can recommend a couple of acting books that will help me in my career. I need to learn how to get my confidence up—I get so nervous in auditions."

  • Advice

    Sneaky Students? Calling Comment

    I wish that student filmmakers would stop trying to disguise their little student projects as something other than what they are: a student project.