The Working Actor

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    When Should Actors Write Thank You Notes?

    Working Actor Michael Kostroff gives advice on when actors should write thank you notes.

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    How to Find a Good Acting Teacher

    Michael Kostroff advises shopping around for acting teachers until you find one you feel comfortable with and from whom you can learn.

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    Join a Union or Stock Up on Credits

    Michael Kostroff examines the tricky question of whether actors starting out should immediately work toward joining a union or bulk up their résumé with nonunion jobs.

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    The Key to Memorization Before an Audition

    Nerves are far more dangerous than looking down at your sides, but Michael Kostroff has some tips for getting comfortable with the text.

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    When Should an Actor Go Nude for a Role?

    Michael Kostroff takes on the naked truth about roles that require nudity and what kind of actor it makes you.

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    Predictions for Your Career in 2013

    Yes, the Brits will still rule U.S. airways. And yes, a vacation may interfere with accepting a job. Working Actor Michael Kostroff looks into his crystal ball and tells you what 2013 has in store.

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    Do You Really Have to Memorize Lines?

    Working Actor Stephen Tobolowsky looks back on his career and questions whether or not learning your lines is even required for an actor.

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    Why Acting Is So Horrible

    The revelation: You never have the right circumstances to do your job. The horrible isn’t the exception. It is the rule.

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    The Reason Why We Act

    "There were times during the shooting when I doubted whether the film would ever see the light of day. Not because of the quality of the film but because of the complexity of the film business. But that didn’t matter either. I realized I wasn’t doing the film ...

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    The Top 10 Acting Myths

    Many studios and schools pride themselves on training their actors to be able to "play anything." As if casting directors are going to consider all actors equally for all roles.