The Working Actor

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    Jackie's Last Column

    Be kind to yourself as you seek your own balance, and always remember that acting is not your calling. It's your choice.

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    Extra Benefits

    A certain casting office hired me for three days. They fitted me in a period costume and wanted my hair to be all one color; I had to be shorter than 5 feet 5 inches and of white European descent.

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    Location Management

    "I'm a recent college graduate planning to move to New York to pursue my acting career. I've visited a few times, but I can't figure out how to find an apartment. Should I just move to New Jersey and commute?"

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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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    Swinging Lessons

    I recently landed a role as a swing at the only Equity theater in town.  I overlooked the notes about the swings also doing stage crew work.

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    O, Canada!, Manager Matchmaker

    My question is: How do I balance auditioning, preparing for auditions, and working enough to make a living?

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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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    Fears and Nerves

    "I have no reel. I have done three indies, four plays, and three local/Web commercials. I have some training. Should I even have the nerve to send headshots and résumés to agents?"

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    The Three-Foot Toss

    I'm a young teen living in NYC and I really love acting. I've read a few books on the industry and on how to perfect my craft, but I'm having trouble as to where to begin.

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    Road Rage

    "I recently went through a rough experience involving my first professional tour and am desperately seeking advice on the situation."