The Working Actor

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    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.

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    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?

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    Representative Resistance

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

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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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    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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    It's Indie Mail, Commission Impossible

    "Does it make sense to send my material to a director's agent or representative if I cannot find his or her company's address?"

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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."

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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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    Location Management

    "I'm a recent college graduate planning to move to New York to pursue my acting career. I've visited a few times, but I can't figure out how to find an apartment. Should I just move to New Jersey and commute?"

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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.