The Working Actor

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    Speaking Up

    You're on set, putting in your best, when you notice that something isn't right. When you suspect you're being treated out of accordance with your contract, how can you speak up?

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    Forbidden White Lie

    A few weeks back, I offered a two-parter titled "Jerks Don't Work." Though not everyone agreed with all of my advice, I'm always glad to have sparked discussion.

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    Ditto for D.C., Reading List

    "I was wondering if by any chance you can recommend a couple of acting books that will help me in my career. I need to learn how to get my confidence up—I get so nervous in auditions."

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    Thanks For Nothing

    If CD's can't take a couple of minutes to comment on the work I just did, why should I spend the time and money to send them a thank-you card?

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    Misleading Lady

    Are strange or seemingly miscast credits better than no credits at all? Will this turn into a problem that could hurt my chances at future professional auditions?

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    Gig List, Direct Marketing

    Could you give me examples of jobs for actors and singers in the theater business but not as a performer—a reader, teaching, voiceovers, extras, etc.—and the best ways of finding these jobs.

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    Parent Trap, Photo Flap

    I'm an actor who happens to also be a mother—not a big deal. Like any professional, when I have a job, I balance my work with life with my husband and childcare.

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    For Me! For Me?

    I wanted to ask for your advice on researching and joining theater companies. I feel silly asking this question, because it feels like I should know the answer, being from New York.

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    Jackie's Last Column

    Be kind to yourself as you seek your own balance, and always remember that acting is not your calling. It's your choice.

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    Actors' Motivations, Callback Proclamations

    Why do people like acting? If you ask me, it's sadomasochistic. Lots of movie characters have things happen to them that you definitely wouldn't want happening to you in real life.