The Working Actor

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    Stop Signs, Early Checkout

    I believe acting is a calling. If it's your calling, then you've simply got to do it. If you haven't yet found the person who sees your gifts and wants to cast you, that's fine. It doesn't matter. Keep learning. Keep offering your talents.

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    Stage Door Solicitation, Workshop Confirmation

    Is standing outside a stage door to meet someone and promote yourself shady and/or pushy? I feel this is not a good career move, but the photographer feels differently.

  • Advice

    Disney Dilemma, Forgoing Feedback

    I would love to work on a Disney show. And I'm sure my 4-year-old would love it too. Though I live in New York, I would do whatever it took to go to California for work as well. Can you suggest someone I can email my info to?

  • Advice

    O, Canada!, Manager Matchmaker

    My question is: How do I balance auditioning, preparing for auditions, and working enough to make a living?

  • Advice

    How To Quit the Business

    At a certain point, some performers—even highly successful ones—find that these dangling carrots no longer offer enough incentive to continue the sometimes disheartening pursuit of an acting career.

  • Advice

    Makeup Tips, Conservatory Knocks

    I'm looking for some makeup tips for film. With all the student films and shorts and projects that don't really have funds, you need to do a lot yourself. I want to learn, so I don't look like an idiot.

  • Advice

    More Perfect Union, Bard Games

    I recently finished a leading role in a national tour of a classic Shakespeare play, which I got rave reviews for. There was one problem: my castmates.

  • Advice

    Advice to the Adviser

    I have an actor friend who I met at a day job a couple years back. This guy is pretty inexperienced and it shows, but he is a really good guy, and I honestly think he's genuinely talented.

  • Advice

    Post Haste, Losing Face

    Since signing, I go out all the time for voiceovers (yay!), but I have yet to go out for the on-camera department (boo!). I met with all of the on-camera agents briefly, sent a couple of updates, but still—no dice.

  • Advice

    Classes, Classes, Classes

    I've been taking this scene study class for about six months. I really like it, but lately I'm not sure if it's worth my money.