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The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund

Although the title may be misleading, the Actors Fund is actually for all those involved in film, theatre or performance. Let’s face it, life gets hard sometimes. Additionally, there are certain elements of difficulty that come with being an artist that are different...
Day Jobs for Actors

Day Jobs for Actors

How fun would it be to tyrannically introduce children to the joys of giving your entire life over to theatre? The phrase “Don’t quit your day job” isn’t exactly a nice or positive one. Additionally, though, it has some implications that are just fundamentally untrue....
Actors’ Equity-How it all Works

Actors’ Equity-How it all Works

The Principal contract is sometimes referred to as “the white contract” while the chorus is often referred to as “the pink contract”. If you’ve been involved with theatre for a while, and/or you’re seeking to be a professional, odds are that the Actors’ Equity...
How to Choose an Agency

How to Choose an Agency

It’s important to know what you’re looking for in an agency, and what goals you have for your career. The time has come. You’ve read Stanislavsky, memorized every lyric to every Sondheim musical, and have seen all the Oscar nominees for the year. You’ve been taking...
5 Reasons to Say “NO” to a Project

5 Reasons to Say “NO” to a Project

In the industry of film and theater, there are many opportunities for actors and directors alike. One of the most difficult parts of this business can be making choices about which projects you choose to participate in. What if you accept a role in one production,...
Becoming a Better Actor Without Acting

Becoming a Better Actor Without Acting

As actors we are storytellers. Now for the real question: how are you supposed to afford to go to the movies every week? Acting is a trade, it is a marketable skill. Thus it follows that the only way to really be successful at it is through practice. You can read all...
7 Extras Who Became Famous

7 Extras Who Became Famous

Ahh, a day on set as an extra. Long hours, amazingly mediocre pay…but also some incredible learning experiences (not to mention Craft Service, amiright?) If you’ve never been part of a large-scale project, working as an extra for a day can be a fun way to learn...
Working with Actors

Working with Actors

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Directing is an easy task. You simply find a production you want to be part of, effortlessly select talent to...
To SAG or Not to SAG?

To SAG or Not to SAG?

According to their website, SAG-AFTRA offers deals and discounts on “entertainment, car rentals, insurance, medical visits, prescriptions, real estate, legal services and more On first glance, anyone informed about the film industry might say “well obviously, SAG”!...

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