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Saturday, August 2, 2014

NY TV Casting Directors & Their Projects (Aug 2014)


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Many of my students have asked me to compile a comprehensive list of casting directors in NYC who hire actors for TV shows and web series, along with their list of projects. So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about how to reach these casting directors, along with studios where you can take classes/workshops from folks in their office.

Note: This list is subject to change at any time. Not all projects shoot in NYC. Some shoot elsewhere on the East Coast or maintain casting in multiple offices.


PRINCIPAL CASTING:

ABC Primetime (Marci Phillips, John Ort)
147 Columbus Ave., Third Fl., New York, NY 10023.

Projects:
Black-ish (Comedy, ABC. Shoots in LA)
Galavant (Comedy, Musical, ABC. Shoots in LA)
Secrets & Lies (Drama, ABC)

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Cody Beke
c/o Comedy Central, 345 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
c/o MTV Networks/Viacom, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Projects:
Broad City (Comedy, Comedy Central)
Eye Candy (Drama, MTV)

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Bowling Miscia Casting (Beth Bowling and Kim Miscia)
609 Greenwich St., Sixth Fl., New York, NY 10014

Projects:
The Middle Man (Drama Pilot, Fox)
Blue Bloods (Drama, CBS. Shoots in NY & Toronto)
Sleepy Hollow (Drama, Fox. Shoots in Charlotte)

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CBS Primetime (Amy Herzig and Katharina Eggmann)
51 W. 52nd St., Fifth Fl., New York, NY 10019

Projects:
Taxi 22 (Comedy Pilot, CBS)
N.C.I.S. New Orleans (Drama, CBS. Shoots in New Orleans & Los Angeles.)
The Odd Couple (Comedy, CBS)
Scorpion (Drama, CBS)

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Kathleen Chopin
12 W. 32nd St., 12th Fl., New York, NY  10001

Projects:
Alpha House (Comedy, Amazon)

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Chrystie Street Casting
55 Chrystie St., Ste. 501, New York, NY 10002

Projects:
The Blacklist (Drama, NBC. Casting by Jessica Kelly)
Outlander (Drama, Starz. Casting by Suzanne Smith Crowley)

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Jessica Daniels
c/o the Network, 242 W. 36th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10018

Projects:
Fresh Off the Boat (Comedy, ABC)
Weird Loners (Comedy, Fox. Shoots in LA)

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Brandon Dubeansky
c/o Late Night With Seth Meyers, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Seventh Fl., New York, NY 10112

Projects:
Late Night With Seth Meyers (Comedy, NBC)

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Jennifer Euston
304 Hudson St., Sixth Fl., New York, NY 10013

Projects:
Girls (Comedy, HBO)
Orange Is the New Black (Comedy, Netflix. Submit c/o Post Factory, Attn: Emer O’Callaghan, 233 Spring St., Fourth Fl., New York, NY 10013.)
Tooken (Comedy, NBC)

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Finnegan/Jacobs (Bonnie Finnegan/Steven Jacobs)
330 W. 38th St., NYC 10018

Projects:
Royal Pains (Drama, USA. Casting by Sabrina Hyman, Bonnie Finnegan & Steven Jacobs)

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Fox Primetime (Clint Alexander)
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 28th Fl., New York, NY 10036

Projects:
Gracepoint (Drama, Fox)
Hieroglyph (Drama, Fox)
Mulaney (Comedy, Fox)
24: Live Another Day (Drama, Fox. Shoots in London.)

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Alison Goodman
260 W. 44th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10036

Projects:
All My Children (Daytime Drama, Hulu)
One Life to Live (Daytime Drama, Hulu)

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Judy Henderson
330 W 89th St, New York, NY 10024

Projects:
Homeland (Drama, ABC. Casting by Kimberly Graham)

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Amy Hiderotis
Ed Sullivan Theatre, 1697 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Projects:
Late Show With David Letterman (Comedy, NBC)

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Marc Hirschfeld Casting
5555 Melrose Ave., Marx Brothers Bldg., Rm. 108–109, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Projects:
The Gaffigan Show (Comedy, TVLand)
Us & Them (fka Friends & Family) (Comedy, Fox. Shoots in NY)

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Rosalie Joseph
609 Greenwich St., Sixth Fl., New York, NY 10014

Projects:
Songbyrd (Drama, E!)

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Avy Kaufman
180 Varick St., 16th Fl., New York, NY 10014

Projects:
Crossbones (Drama, NBC)
The Slap (Drama, NBC)

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Lynn Kressel (Lynn Kressel, Jonathan Strauss, Kevin Kuffa)
West 23rd Street at the Hudson River, Pier 62, Rm. 304, New York, NY 10011

Projects:
Chicago Fire (Drama, NBC. Shoots in Chicago)
Chicago PD (Drama, NBC. Shoots in Chicago)
Law & Order: SVU (Drama, NBC)

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Ellen Lewis (Ellen Lewis, Megan Rafferty)
c/o the Post Factory, 161 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Fl., New York, NY 10013

Projects:
The Long Play (Drama Pilot, HBO)
The Leftovers (Drama, HBO)

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Jennifer McNamara-Shroff
30 Rockefeller Plaza, Ste. 1623E, New York, NY 10112

Projects:
Aquarius (Drama Pilot, NBC)

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Paladino Casting
540 Broadway, Fifth Fl., New York, NY 10012

Projects:
Taxi Brooklyn (Comedy, TFI)

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Laura Rosenthal
401 Broadway, Ste. 711, New York, NY 10013

Projects:
Laughs Unlimited (Drama Pilot, HBO)
The Mysteries of Laura (Drama, NBC)
Olive Kitteridge (Drama Mini-Series, HBO. Shoots in MA)

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Suzanne Ryan Casting
770 Broadway, Second Fl., New York, NY 10003

Projects:
Forever (Drama, ABC)
Unforgettable (Drama, CBS. Casting by Claire Traeger)

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Mark Saks
270 Lafayette St., Ste. 200, New York, NY 10012.

Projects:
Galyntine (Drama Pilot, AMC)
Elementary (Drama, CBS)
The Good Wife (Drama, CBS)
Hindsight (Drama, VH1. Shoots in Atlanta - c/o Scott Free/RSA Films.)
Madame Secretary (Drama, CBS)
Person of Interest (Drama, CBS - c/o Scott Free/RSA Films.)

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Lindsay Shookus
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Projects:
Saturday Night Live (Comedy, NBC)

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Meg Simon and Findley Davidson
1325 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Fl., New York, NY 10019

Projects:
A to Z (Comedy - NBC)
Constantine (Drama, NBC. Shoots in Atlanta.)
Gotham (Drama, Fox)
The Lottery (Drama, Lifetime. Shoots in Vancouver.)
Selfie (Drama, ABC. Shoots in LA)

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Telsey & Co
311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036.

Projects:
Flesh and Bone (Drama, Starz - Casting by Tiffany Little Canfield & Justin Huff)
Members Only (Drama, ABC - Casting by Abbie Brady Dalton)
Penny Dreadful (Horror, Showtime. Shoots in UK)

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Vickie Thomas
609 Greenwich St., Sixth Fl., New York, NY 10014

Projects:
Power (Drama, Starz)

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Cindy Tolan and Adam Caldwell
27 W. 20th St., Ste. 606, New York, NY  10011

Projects:
Deadbeat (Comedy, Hulu)

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Tucker/Meyerson Casting (Julie Tucker and Ross Meyerson)
11 Broadway, Ste. 415, New York, NY 10004

Projects:
The Affair (Drama, Showtime)
The Americans (Drama, FX)
Bad Judge (Comedy, NBC)
Black Box (Drama, ABC)
The Following (Drama, Fox)
Mission Control (Comedy, NBC)
Nurse Jackie (Comedy, Showtime)
Sirens (Comedy, USA. Shoots in Chicago.)
Tyrant (Drama, FX)
White Collar (Comedy, USA Network)

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Meredith Tucker
330 W. 38th St., Ste. 308, New York, NY 10018

Projects:
Boardwalk Empire (Drama, HBO)

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BACKGROUND CASTING:


Background, Inc. (Christine Nelson)
601 W. 26th St., Ste. M224, New York, NY 10001

Projects:
Taxi Brooklyn (Comedy, TFI)

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Central Casting
875 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10001

Projects:
Broad City (Comedy, Comedy Central)
Girls (Comedy, HBO)
Law & Order: SVU (Drama, NBC)
Nurse Jackie (Comedy, Showtime)
Orange Is the New Black (Comedy, Netflix)
White Collar (Comedy, USA Network)

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Comer Casting
262 W. 38th St., Ste. 1706, New York, NY 10018

Projects:
The Good Wife (Drama, CBS)

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Alison Goodman
260 W. 44th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10036

Projects:
All My Children (Daytime Drama, Hulu)
One Life to Live (Daytime Drama, Hulu)

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Grant Wilfley Casting
123 W. 18th St., Eighth Fl., New York, NY 10011

Projects:
Boardwalk Empire (Drama, HBO)
Gotham (Drama, Fox)
The Mysteries of Laura (Drama, NBC)
Person of Interest (Drama, CBS)
Royal Pains (Drama, USA)
Untitled Rock N Roll Project (Drama Pilot, HBO)

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Mat McHugh
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Projects:
Saturday Night Live (Comedy, NBC)

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Barbara McNamara
249 W. 34th St., Ste. 500, New York, NY 10001

Projects:
The Colbert Report (Talk Show, Comedy Central)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Talk Show, Comedy Central)

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Roman Candle Casting
243 Fifth Ave., Ste. 555, New York, NY 10016

Projects:
Unforgettable (Drama, CBS)

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Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates
420 West End Ave., Unit Gr D, New York, NY 10024

Projects:
Alpha House (Comedy, Amazon)
Manhattan Love Story (Comedy, ABC)
Us & Them (fka Friends & Family) (Comedy, Fox)

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REPUTABLE STUDIOS THAT REGULARLY HAVE CLASSES & SEMINARS TAUGHT BY TV CASTING DIRECTORS & ASSOCIATES




Now that you have all of this information, learn how to use it! Contact Erin Cronican with The Actors’ Enterprise to set up a FREE consultation to discuss how career coaching can launch your career to the next level!


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has a weekly "Expert" column on the business of acting at Backstage magazine. As an actor, Erin has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has appeared Off Broadway, regionally and on national tour with both plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of several major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out www.theactorsenterprise.org.



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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Who is TAE, and What Exactly is Career Coaching?


Many of you have been reading this blog faithfully year after year, gathering little nuggets of knowledge about this wild business of acting. And most of you know that I write these blogs based on my experiences as a professional actor and a business/career coach for actors.

But have you ever wondered what career coaching actually looks like? What do I do at The Actors’ Enterprise? Well, look no further!

Thanks to Andrew Poretz, from Ingenuity Coaching, I just completed a fun, conversational interview that explores concept of career coaching for actors. We talk about my acting career and early corporate career, and how they blend together when I am coaching actors on marketing, PR, organization, time management, and audition/interview technique. We share stories about coaching, and even come up with an idea of creating a “Koaches Karaoke” event!

So, check out this fun podcast interview on BlogTalkRadio: Coaches Corner. You can listen right here, or you can download it for free through iTunes.



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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Making Money Using Your Acting Skills- Part I



Hey, everyone! Given that as actors we're constantly in a battle between making money and being artistic, I thought I'd write a series of blogs about different ways you can use your acting skills to make money. And I oughta know - I’ve done a crap ton of unique and crazy work all in the name of being a working actor.


Part 1- Standardized Patient for Medical Schools

Ever see the episode of "Seinfeld" where Kramer signs on to be a "fake patient" at a local hospital? (clip from show) Would you believe that these jobs actually exist? Ok, so the TV show over-dramatizes the job, but every day in medical schools throughout the country, actors are being used as "standardized patients” - allowing medical students and resident MDs to practice/test their clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment. This past week alone, I spent 3 days playing 3 different cases, and it is a heck of a lot of fun.

The scenarios we do have to be kept under wraps, because most involve national testing for medical students to get to the next level. But I thought I could still give you a little taste of what we do, and what the programs are like.

The idea behind using standardized patients (SPs) is one of fairness - if students are expected to see a patient in a testing situation, they have to make sure each student gets an identical test. Given that no two actual patients are the same, medical schools hire actors and train them to give an identical, precise performance. So, all SP work starts with thorough training on a specified case. We learn the back story of the character (which can be up to 15 pages of content, sometimes more) as well as the general demeanor while in the scenario - should the patient be frightened? Frustrated? Edgy? Easygoing? What kinds of clues should we give in our performance to indicate that there is something deeper going on, something that the student should dig for?

Then we make sure we understand all of the medical jargon that might be thrown at us, and we learn the correct (and incorrect) ways to do physical exam maneuvers. For example, did you know that they teach students to listen to the heart in 4 keys areas, and to compare the lungs, listening at a minimum of 3 levels -- and this is called auscultating? Did you know that testing for eye movements (“follow my finger”) can be used to see if a patient has hyperthyroidism? (indicated by eyelids that are slow to respond when the eye moves -- who knew?) I know more medical terminology and practices than I ever thought possible. It’s pretty awesome to be on the inside track of this amazing profession.

Then comes the fun part - doing the actual scenarios. This is improv at its finest, because despite training on a case and knowing your character cold, you never know what kind of questions will be thrown at you. Just yesterday, I (as the character) told the student that I have two kids. Instead of them asking how old the kids were, the student asked me how old I was when I had my kids. (Say wha?? I was not prepared for that! I mean- c'mon, I majored in theater so I wouldn't have to do math on the fly.) But somehow I was able to stall the student while I did the math in my head. Other times, I haven’t responded so gracefully. One November several years ago, the student asked, “What costumes did your kids wear for Halloween?” I froze, then blurted out, "We don't celebrate holidays!” leading to a few seconds of awkward silence. (Yeah... not my finest moment.) But now I always try to guess what kind of small talk the doctor will do (“where do you live?” “what do you do for fun?”) and then come up with something appropriate for the character. The good news is that those little details can vary from SP to SP - not everything has to be strictly the same so there is some room for creativity.

Finally, the SP is charged with leaving feedback about the encounter. Sometimes, feedback is given to the student verbally, involving the SP telling the student how it felt to be their patient. But most of the time, the SP fills out a digital checklist at the end of the encounter, which notes the student’s success in the areas of history taking, physical exam and communication.

This is where it gets tricky - we wear “two hats” as an SP. On the one hand, we’re a patient with a full history, complete with thoughts, feelings and fears. On the other hand, we’re an educator, going through a mental checklist while answering questions to make sure the student has the opportunity to cover everything on the exam checklist. This means that both sides of the brain are working at once, and it can be easy to become overloaded or confused. Often, an SP will see 12-14 students in a given day in 15-30 minute encounters. At the beginning of the day it’s easy to remember which questions you’ve answered and which you haven’t. But at the end of the day, when you’ve answered the same batch of questions 12 times, you start to become a little fuzzy on which items this student asked and which they missed. So, a sharp mind and good memory are essential for the job.

One of the greatest things about SP for work actors is that it is very flexible. Much like temp work, once you are in the system they notify you when work comes up in your age range/type. If you’re available, you do the program. If not, they’ll ask again for the next program. Therefore, as an SP I can take on as much work as possible when not working on a film or theater project, and then take a break from SP work when I’m working elsewhere as an actor.

As an actor, SP work is fabulous training, particularly in the practice of “the illusion of the first time.” Recently, I had to see 14 students as a part of the Compass II 3rd Year exam. Each student needed to have the exact same portrayal, so each time there was a knock on the door, I had to reset for a brand new encounter, as though I’d never done it before. This is where my work on film sets comes in real handy. And for those of you who subscribe to the Stanislavski and/or Strasberg techniques, being an SP is a fabulous way to practice sensory work.

If you’re interested in doing this kind of work, your best bet is to contact the medical schools in your area and ask for the department that handles standardized or simulated patients (usually the department of medical education.) You can often find that information on the school’s website or you can just call the main switchboard. I did some basic research for NYC, LA and Chicago, and here are a few of the major medical schools. (Note- not all schools have their own program - they may share in a single SP program. For example, many NY/NJ/CT schools use Mount Sinai’s Morchand Center for their testing. Contact each school for more information...):

NYC Area: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, NYU School of Medicine, Kaplan Medical, City College of NY, Clinical Competence Center of NY

Chicago Area: U of Chicago School of Medicine, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago

LA Area: USC School of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine,

Here is a list of programs from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (though, it does not appear to be complete. I happen to know that there is a robust program at UCSD Medical School in San Diego, but it is not listed.)

Added Bonus: (Because at The Actors’ Enterprise, we think you deserve bonuses every now and then!)  As I was searching for the clip from Seinfeld, I came across some spoof videos about standardized patients. Now, granted, some of these might be more like inside jokes for folks already involved in med school or with SP work, but I thought they were worth sharing... Clip 1 / Clip 2 / Clip 3 / Clip 4. Enjoy!

What do you think? How many of you have done SP work, and what schools have you worked with? We’d love to hear about your experiences (especially the funny ones!)

Have a comment or question? Leave it by clicking below!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

(This article was originally published at  Playbills Vs Paying Bills)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

10 Sacrifices An Actor Makes

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Being an actor is amazing. You get to “play” for a living, embrace your creativity, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, earn a very good living at it. But there are also so incredible setbacks and sacrifices that an actor makes as they pursue the Silver Screen, the Small Screen, or the Great White Way.

So what exactly are you giving up?

10. Social Life. There is a reason that, “I can’t, I have rehearsal” is emblazoned on t-shirts at thespian festivals and significant others are known as “theater widows.” You’ll create intimate relationships with new castmates at lightning speed, only to have those relationships crumble when the project ends.

9. Leaving Town. Every time I go on vacation, someone contacts me asking me to audition or offers a role outright. The size of the opportunity seems in direct proportion to how far away I am from home. It’s gotten to the point that I’m afraid to leave town for even a day, let alone a weekend or even a week.

8. Security. Ah… to know where your next paycheck is coming from. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

7. Life and Limb (due to Paper Cuts). C’mon, admit it. How many times have you given yourself a paper cut while stuffing your headshot, resume, and cover letter into that pesky 9x12 envelope. See? You’re cringing. Enough said.

6. The Time/Space Continuum. Thank goodness for Facebook and Twitter. Seriously, without these things, I would never know what day it is. I’m a solo-entrepreneur and an actor, which means I work from home and make my own schedule. This also means I have to have a calendar nearby to function. There is no one around to tell me how much they hate Mondays, or a day job to let me know when a weekend is approaching. What’s worse, there’s no one to remind me to “Fall Backward” or “Spring Forward." I run the risk of being an hour late or early as least twice a year.

5. Stability. A few years ago, I was shooting the title role in an indie feature, and my leading man was forced to leave the film to take a theater job out of town. Why? He thought he had plenty of daytime hours to shoot the film while he was appearing in the brand new Broadway musical, “High Fidelity.” You remember that one, right? The one that closed after 10 days of performances. All of the sudden, the sure thing of Broadway was a figment of his imagination, and he was on the hunt for another job. It was heartbreaking.

4. Birthdays. Monday is my birthday, and in the first part of the day I’m doing a reading of a musical, in the early evening I have a meeting for my theater company, and then I’m teaching a master class in social media to my company members. There’s no time to celebrate my birthday that day, nor the days before or after because every other day of the week we’re in rehearsal for our upcoming show that opens at the end of the month. So, add not celebrating your special day as a huge sacrifice on this list.

3. Health. Not only is it difficult to afford health insurance (or earn enough to qualify for union insurance) but our schedules are so erratic that we often eat food that’s bad for us, drink way too much, and exercise way too little. Well, at least our ECC Dance Calls give us a little exercise, right?

2. Tattoos, Odd Hair Colors, Piercings. You’d think that as an actor you’d have the luxury of being able to express yourself in any way you please. Not so much. Our level of expression is limited by the “type” we portray. The last time I checked, Laurey in "Oklahoma" did not have a punk red stripe in her hair. Drats.

And… the number one sacrifice that actors make?

1. Sleep. Film & TV actors are regularly on set for 12-14 hours. Theater actors get up early for auditions and stay up late for performances. We squeeze in day jobs and time to memorize lines, to go to the post office and pay our taxes. Add to that the juggling of items 2-10 on this list, and you can just kiss that 8 hours of beauty rest goodbye.

So, with all of that bad news, why do we do it? Are we crazy? Yes, a little, because we love it, despite all of that. We actors are living historians, yearning to share ourselves with the world in the stories we tell. We need to do it. We burn to do it. And that’s pretty wonderful.

Big shout out to Twitter follower, @TomRomero2, who gave me some inspiration for this article.

Note: This article was originally published by Backstage in their November 22 issue, and on their website

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.


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