The Working Actor

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    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.

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    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.

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    Dyeing to Work, Vultures With Vouchers

    Because of how I look, I am constantly being called in for roles that fit the blonde stereotype. But once I actually audition, most casting directors are surprised to see that my acting does not fit my appearance.

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    Creativity and Depression, Lost Vouchers

    As a performer, I find myself subject to a battle with depression and black moods when not working and sometimes when working. What can a performer do to combat this?

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    Welcome. Now Stop Working.

    I was told that I was not allowed to accept any nonunion work whatsoever, even if it wasn't officially under AFTRA's jurisdiction.

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    Teacher Education, Partner Objection

    "I realize that homeschooling isn't for everyone, but it seems like a good way for child actors to have consistent teachers."

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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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    Teacher Travails

    We recently had a very bad experience with a neglectful, abusive, and incompetent studio teacher.

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    Back on Track, Mom to the Rescue

    "I consider myself an actress for life. So thanks for telling people not to worry, and if it's time, to just do it. The road to every acting gig is paved with fun, friendships, and love."

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    Classes Query, Need for Nerves

    I realized that when I'm super-nervous, I do much better. But once I realized that, I stopped getting nervous and therefore lost all the nervous energy.