The Working Actor

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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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    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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    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 ...

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    How Big of a Leap Should Someone Take to Pursue Acting?

    If your dreams of acting are burning to be realized, Working Actor columnist Michael Kostroff advises starting slowly and aiming low.

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    6 Tips for Finding the Comedy in a Scene

    Even actors who don’t think they’re funny can play comedy, Working Actor Michael Kostroff argues.

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    Should Actors Ever Give Notes to Fellow Actors?

    Michael Kostroff rules firmly in favor of actors keeping their mouths shut when it comes to the performances of their fellow cast members.

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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.

  • Advice

    Kissing Caution

    I am auditioning for a part that requires me to kiss someone I've never met. How can I be certain this person is not sick and doesn't have any easily transmittable diseases, such as herpes?

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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.