The Working Actor

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    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.

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    Scar Scare, Card Concern, Director Distress

    I don't go to many auditions is because I had an accident when I was little. I'm self-conscious about these scars, and I'm really scared I'll be rejected for jobs because of them.

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    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.

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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.

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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!

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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."

  • 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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    Teacher Travails

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

  • Advice

    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?