The Working Actor

Sort by:

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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

    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

    CD Scams Actors via Direct Solicitations

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

  • 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.