The Working Actor

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    Crappy New Year

    For actors, there's something outright cruel about the timing of the holidays. To be asked to be thankful just as career opportunities are dwindling really rubs salt in the wound.

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    Playing Doctor, Preying Agent

    Most of my acting credits are in Equity-waiver theater from about seven years ago, and I'm not a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I took time off to go to nursing school, finished school, and am currently working as a registered nurse, but I want to get back ...

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    It's Indie Mail, Commission Impossible

    "Does it make sense to send my material to a director's agent or representative if I cannot find his or her company's address?"

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    Artistically Inclined, College in Mind

    While I know artistry and commercialism don't have to be mutually exclusive in this business, it seems like you have to be good-looking, charming, and tremendously social to even be seen.

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    Such a Deal, Too Weary for Words

    Not that I'll be offered one of these any time soon, but what exactly is a "holding deal"? I've heard that term several times recently in conversations, and I don't want to look like I don't know what it is.

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    Stage Door Solicitation, Workshop Confirmation

    Is standing outside a stage door to meet someone and promote yourself shady and/or pushy? I feel this is not a good career move, but the photographer feels differently.

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    Kissing Comment, Class Flack

    I've never had to kiss another actor at an audition, even at callbacks. Can you imagine? Four people called back for each role and you end up smooching by proxy with all of them?

  • Advice

    To Wait or Not to Wait for a Job in China

    Michael Kostroff reminds readers that nothing is anything until it's something -- even a job in China.

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    Readers Share Opinions on What It Takes to be an Actor

    Back Stage readers respond loudly and passionately to Working Actor writer Michael Kostroff's advice about what it takes to be an actor.

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    Jerks Don't Work, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed the professional perils of being a jerk. Today, I'll talk about exceptions to the rule and some ways to cultivate nonjerkiness.