The Working Actor

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    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.

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    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 ...

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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

    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

    Such a Deal, Too Weary for Words

    Not that I'll be offered one of these any time soon, but what exactly is a "holding deal"? I've heard that term several times recently in conversations, and I don't want to look like I don't know what it is.

  • Advice

    Not Every Opportunity is Golden

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

  • Advice

    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?