The Working Actor

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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.

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    Sneaky Students? Calling Comment

    I wish that student filmmakers would stop trying to disguise their little student projects as something other than what they are: a student project.

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    Reasonable Request, Accidental Advantage

    Is it too much to ask for the script before committing to a project? Or are starving actors supposed to take anything without asking any questions?

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    Maryland Meltdown, Wardrobe Worry

    What advice can you give a 30-something mother from Maryland who has spent half her life dreaming of working as an actress in New York?

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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?

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    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?

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    Job Gibe, Mail Order

    I'm 20 years old and often get asked the questions "Are you going to school?" and "What do you want to do as a career?" How do you tell people that you're an actor? Do you just straight up say, "I'm an actor"? Because what I've ...

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    Residual Reassurance, Group Dynamic

    "If my son has a credited principal role in a major motion picture, will he still get residuals if he's nonunion?"

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    Representative Resistance

    I met with an agent yesterday, and although she offered to sign me, I feel strangely unhappy.

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    Hire Education, Out of Character

    Why is it that actors tend to book work when they don't care about the audition, don't need the work, or are sick or tired during the audition?