The Working Actor

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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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    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

    Not Every Opportunity is Golden

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

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    Don't Start, Tipping the Scales

    I'm a 44-year-old male, and I was just wondering if it's possible to start an acting career at this stage in the game.

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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

    Teacher Travails

    We recently had a very bad experience with a neglectful, abusive, and incompetent studio teacher.

  • Advice

    Crappy New Year

    For actors, there's something outright cruel about the timing of the holidays. To be asked to be thankful just as career opportunities are dwindling really rubs salt in the wound.

  • Advice

    It's Indie Mail, Commission Impossible

    "Does it make sense to send my material to a director's agent or representative if I cannot find his or her company's address?"

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    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?

  • Advice

    Playing Doctor, Preying Agent

    Most of my acting credits are in Equity-waiver theater from about seven years ago, and I'm not a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I took time off to go to nursing school, finished school, and am currently working as a registered nurse, but I want to get back ...