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“No Friction. No Interest. No Play.” – Arthur Penn

“I do not want to know another thing about what a nice guy or gal someone on the stage is: This is entirely irrelevant to me. Some sort of desperation has crept into our theatre–all of our arts, really, but we’re discussing theatre–where we feel a defensive wall is erected around the meretriciousness of our […]

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BAD SHOW! – How to survive a disastrous performance

It is inevitable, even with a well-oiled show, that we will have one VERY BAD performance. Everything will go wrong: lights will blow out, set pieces will break, offstage microphones will be switched off, a zipper will get stuck. And, to make matters worse the audience will be in a collectively judge-y state of mind […]

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The Unions: AEA

AEA (Equity) How do you join AEA (Actors Equity Association) – You can also buy into Equity if you are affiliated and listed as being “in good standing” for one year with one of the other unions. Although, as I am currently non-equity, I will have to come back and tell you more as I […]

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From Angela’s Ashes – some helpful insights (I hope!)

Hello there, Welcome to The NYC Actor – an advice blog designed purely for actors (but good for everyone..). As an actor living in New York, I have begun to work more and more on higher-paying jobs, and auditioning/meeting with some of the biggest hitters in the entertainment industry. What I have realized is that […]

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The Unions

There are 3 main actors unions. These are the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA or Equity). In NYC there is all kinds of work you can book. Some of it will be listed as non-union and some of it as union. Joining […]

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