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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Advice

    Bathing Suits, Onscreen Looks

    I've never, ever had this happen before. Have you ever been asked to bring a bathing suit to change into at a first audition, since the role calls for it? Is this a scam?

  • Advice

    CD Scams Actors via Direct Solicitations

    Working Actor Michael Kostroff warns about the pay-to-play schemes that some shady casting directors perpetrate.

  • Advice

    Independent Worries, Looking Ahead

    I submitted myself for this commercial that I thought really fit me. They called me up today letting me know they might use me for it, but it's nothing for sure. What do you think I should do?

  • Advice

    The A-List, Credit Problems

    The ethical dilemma with pay-to-meet "workshops" is that actors are being charged by potential employers or business partners for meetings. It's like bribery.

  • Advice

    Agency Blues, AFTRA Dues

    "I signed with my agent before I knew much about the industry. I know now that I should have gotten more experience and training before seeking representation."

  • Advice

    To Name Names or Not

    Michael Kostroff explains why he refrained form naming a shady casting director in a recent column.

  • Advice

    Forbidden Question, Meeting Challenges

    "I usually book roles five years younger than I am. I would honestly prefer not to disclose my age, as I believe it alters their perception of me for the role."