The Working Actor

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    Surviving the Survival Job

    "My survival job is sucking the lifeblood out of me. I am drained both mentally and physically. Is there any hope for me?"

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    Theater Space, Self-Producing Promoter

    Budgeting, marketing, fundraising for, and managing a show—with your own money at stake—may take a few years off your life, but it can teach you a lot.

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    Baby Blues

    A few days later I found out I'm pregnant. Should I just give up acting altogether and find a different career that pays a regular salary? What will happen to my dream?

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    Forever 21, Kissing Comfort

    Working actor columnist Jackie Apodaca fields questions about figuring out which ages actors can play and love scenes.

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    Makeup Tips, Conservatory Knocks

    I'm looking for some makeup tips for film. With all the student films and shorts and projects that don't really have funds, you need to do a lot yourself. I want to learn, so I don't look like an idiot.

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    Escape From New York

    My husband and I are looking to move out of New York City, but I want to keep performing in musical theater. Can you recommend any good areas in the United States, or even Canada, for professional theater?

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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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    Back Stage Message Board Reacts to the SAG-AFTRA Merger

    On March 30, the SAG-AFTRA merger was approved by a substantial majority of the membership.

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    Scar Scare, Card Concern, Director Distress

    I don't go to many auditions is because I had an accident when I was little. I'm self-conscious about these scars, and I'm really scared I'll be rejected for jobs because of them.

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    Does Producing and Starring in an Indie Preclude Other Gigs?

    Working Actor Michael Kostroff ponders the dilemma of an actor-writer-producer who worries about refusing acting jobs while dedicating time to an indie film.