The Working Actor

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  • Advice

    Bathing Suits, Onscreen Looks

    I've never, ever had this happen before. Have you ever been asked to bring a bathing suit to change into at a first audition, since the role calls for it? Is this a scam?

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    Reasonable Request, Accidental Advantage

    Is it too much to ask for the script before committing to a project? Or are starving actors supposed to take anything without asking any questions?

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    Kissing Comment, Class Flack

    I've never had to kiss another actor at an audition, even at callbacks. Can you imagine? Four people called back for each role and you end up smooching by proxy with all of them?

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    Maryland Meltdown, Wardrobe Worry

    What advice can you give a 30-something mother from Maryland who has spent half her life dreaming of working as an actress in New York?

  • Advice

    Job Gibe, Mail Order

    I'm 20 years old and often get asked the questions "Are you going to school?" and "What do you want to do as a career?" How do you tell people that you're an actor? Do you just straight up say, "I'm an actor"? Because what I've ...

  • Advice

    Residual Reassurance, Group Dynamic

    "If my son has a credited principal role in a major motion picture, will he still get residuals if he's nonunion?"

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    Representative Resistance

    I met with an agent yesterday, and although she offered to sign me, I feel strangely unhappy.

  • Advice

    College Counterpoint

    I think the response to Julian in the March 5 issue, discussing whether to go to college or directly into acting, missed the mark.

  • Advice

    Hire Education, Out of Character

    Why is it that actors tend to book work when they don't care about the audition, don't need the work, or are sick or tired during the audition?

  • Advice

    Agency Blues, AFTRA Dues

    "I signed with my agent before I knew much about the industry. I know now that I should have gotten more experience and training before seeking representation."