The Working Actor

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    Father Ponders Fi-Core

    My daughters have only done background work for the past two years. They accumulated waivers, and I was misinformed and told to join the Screen Actors Guild, which I did.

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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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    Representative Resistance

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

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    Arrivederci, A******

    "I recently interviewed with a new agent. While the office impressed me, there were some red flags."

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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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    Cash on the Dresser, Quitting Time

    "It feels like it's really time for me to submit my two-week notice at my survival job. The No. 1 reason is that it leaves me out of energy when I'm done at 5:30."

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    Residual Reassurance, Group Dynamic

    "If my son has a credited principal role in a major motion picture, will he still get residuals if he's nonunion?"

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    Papa Was a Working Actor

    "I was wondering if you had any success stories about being a parent and an actor and somehow maintaining sanity."

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    Flash in the Pan, Unkindest Cut

    "I have a question that is too tough to ask of people in a position to hire me, so I beg for your help!"

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    Desperate Acts, Moving Pictures

    Does the Screen Actors Guild realistically expect struggling, out-of-work actors to turn down nonunion work? Times are hard, and SAG isn't making it any easier.