The Working Actor

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  • Advice

    Teacher Travails

    We recently had a very bad experience with a neglectful, abusive, and incompetent studio teacher.

  • Advice

    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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?"

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    Haven't Got a Prayer

    I am moving to New York City from Oman to start an acting career. I am a devout Muslim, and I was wondering what forums and opportunities there are for Muslims in the New York theater.

  • 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.

  • Advice

    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

    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.