The Working Actor

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  • Advice

    In Defense of 'Workshops'

    "Can you honestly tell me there's any other way other than workshops to get in front of major casting directors or casting associates for one-on-one face time, guaranteed?"

  • Advice

    Networking Q's, Open Calls

    I know I need to market myself, but how exactly can I do that? Is there anything I can do to stand out?

  • Advice

    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"

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    Commission Explainer, Hairy P.R.

    "I also know that one of the main things you get a manager for is so they can get you an agent. But what if I get an agent first? Do I still need to pay the manager as much, since I got the agent on my own?"

  • Advice

    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?

  • 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

    Area Code, Time Management

    I was just asked by a Los Angeles casting director if I was a "local hire." I replied, "I live in New York," which probably was a dumb answer. What's "local hire" and how should I respond?

  • Advice

    Union Provisions, Name Decisions

    "The big question: Do I de-ethnicize my name in favor of a more Anglicized/American moniker? If I don't, I might risk being pigeonholed into ethnic parts."

  • 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

    Rocky Mountain High

    I'm moving to Colorado. Will being part of SAG and getting my Equity card serve me any purpose there? Or should I pursue my passion nonunion?