The Working Actor

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    The A-List, Credit Problems

    The ethical dilemma with pay-to-meet "workshops" is that actors are being charged by potential employers or business partners for meetings. It's like bribery.

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    Jerks Don't Work, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed the professional perils of being a jerk. Today, I'll talk about exceptions to the rule and some ways to cultivate nonjerkiness.

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    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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    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."

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    To Name Names or Not

    Michael Kostroff explains why he refrained form naming a shady casting director in a recent column.

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    Forbidden Question, Meeting Challenges

    "I usually book roles five years younger than I am. I would honestly prefer not to disclose my age, as I believe it alters their perception of me for the role."

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    Sneaky Students? Calling Comment

    I wish that student filmmakers would stop trying to disguise their little student projects as something other than what they are: a student project.

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    Pricey Program, Hostage to Housing

    Last year I auditioned for a New York acting conservatory program that was on an audition tour. The feedback I received was that I am very talented, but because I did not have a strong enough résumé they were not going to accept me.

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    Facebook Formalities, 'Tired' Tirade

    I've managed to add some top casting directors as friends on Facebook. I haven't met them; I took a chance and just added them and they accepted me. However, I have been waiting to message them.

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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.