The Working Actor

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    Actors' Motivations, Callback Proclamations

    Why do people like acting? If you ask me, it's sadomasochistic. Lots of movie characters have things happen to them that you definitely wouldn't want happening to you in real life.

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    Tough Type, The Card Fairy

    "I've been an actor for 20 years. I just moved to New York from Chicago, where no matter what I did—and I tried everything—I couldn't get into the union."

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    Haven't Got a Prayer

    I am moving to New York City from Oman to start an acting career. I am a devout Muslim, and I was wondering what forums and opportunities there are for Muslims in the New York theater.

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    Art vs. Commerce, Critical of Critics

    "I've gotten my first bad review. It stung a little, but the pain has subsided now because I know that I am a good actress, and my director, my fellow actors, and the audience were happy."

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    Misleading Lady

    Are strange or seemingly miscast credits better than no credits at all? Will this turn into a problem that could hurt my chances at future professional auditions?

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    Independent Worries, Looking Ahead

    I submitted myself for this commercial that I thought really fit me. They called me up today letting me know they might use me for it, but it's nothing for sure. What do you think I should do?

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    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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    Newcomer Conundrum, Curse Clarification

    I've heard a lot lately that casting directors are only looking at those with credits right now. What should I do?

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    Rotten Request, Dumping a CD

    "Hello, I saw your profile on backstage and i will like to know if you are available for a Job from my company because after various screening your profile was chosen ."

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    Retired Desire, Newcomer No-No

    I am 60 years old, male, multiracial, and live in Chicago. I am retired and have always wanted to be an actor. What are my chances and opportunities at this level?