The Working Actor

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  • Advice

    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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    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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    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."

  • Advice

    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."

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    To Name Names or Not

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

  • Advice

    Price Line, Screen Door

    My goal is to make a living as an actor. Would it make sense to just make the decision that I will no longer work for free?

  • Advice

    AA Meeting, Extra Help

    I took a commercial class and got called in by a very big, well-respected agency. It's been three weeks since then and I haven't heard from them at all. I sent thank-you cards right after our meeting, but what do I do now?

  • Advice

    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?

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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.