The Working Actor

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    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"

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    Retired Desire, Newcomer No-No

    I am 60 years old, male, multiracial, and live in Chicago. I am retired and have always wanted to be an actor. What are my chances and opportunities at this level?

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    Visitation Rights, Streaking Craze

    Last year I got Abrams to be my agent. I've booked with them, but over the last five months I've had no calls. I am frustrated but don't want to burn a bridge, and she has not told me to get another agent.

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    The Three-Foot Toss

    I'm a young teen living in NYC and I really love acting. I've read a few books on the industry and on how to perfect my craft, but I'm having trouble as to where to begin.

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    Googleless, Quit Fix, West Is Best?

    I'm a 26-year-old male actor who moved to L.A. from Chicago about two years ago. I haven't gone on any auditions here in L.A., but I'm going to start auditioning and submitting myself to agents pretty soon.

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    Timing Tiff, Sexist Stiff

    "I’m acting in a short film and I’m having a problem with the director. He is really dismissive of me and makes weird, sexist comments about me, right in front of my face."

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    Dues Discussion

    "I have a difficult time understanding how the unions are protecting the "working actor," and I am hoping you can help to clear something up for me."

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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.

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    Sticking Point

    Should I continue pursuing a stronger agent, with the hope that he or she can get me seen for larger roles? What advice do you have for me to take that next step?

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    Networking Q's, Open Calls

    I know I need to market myself, but how exactly can I do that? Is there anything I can do to stand out?