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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Article about Being Present

I just stumbled upon this great article about being present, yet focused, at an audition- check it out:

Now Casting: A Lesson to Remember: When Staying Focused And Listening Don't Compliment Each Other

Actor Blogs

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For those of you needing a little bit of inspiration and a feeling of solidarity, I’d like to suggest reading the blogs of fellow actors and artists. There are thousands of performers blogging about their audition, show and “day-job” adventures that are heart-breaking, moving and downright hilarious. Sometimes when I need a little “pick-me-up“ I’ll go online and do a search for actor blogs (either through Google, various blog catalogs, or through Blogger or TypePad’s member directories.) I’ll discover how someone just scored an agent and learn what their tactics were. I’ll read about audition horror stories and how the actor persevered against all odds. Sometimes there will be an actor who is depressed over a lost role and I find that fellow actors have left encouraging comments to get them back in the game.

First off, here's mine:

The Erin Cronicals

Here are some others that I have come across that you might take a liking to:

The Green Room
Playbills vs Paying Bills
A California Hippie in New York
Adventures of an Actress
Gary Ploski
In My Mind
My Shining Palace: An Acting Journal
Actor Called Tim
One Happy Kat
New York Acting & Theater Blog
Diary of a Manhattan Actress
The Struggling Actress
Diary of an Aspiring Actress
Mavis and her Musings
Joy In Hollywood
Winona - New York

I have links to a few more on my Resource Page:

Sometimes, just knowing that other people are out there having the same triumphs and struggles is very comforting. So, I welcome you to do a search of your own to find like-minded actors who can give you a little bit of inspiration. Who knows, maybe you can start a little blog of your own? (... and then send it to me so I can post a link!)

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

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Salary Statistics for Actors: 2004

How much do actors make?

From the US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics:

"Median hourly earnings of actors were $11.28 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $7.75 and $30.76. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $6.63, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56.48. Median annual earnings were $15.20 in performing arts companies and $9.27 in motion picture and video industries. Annual earnings data for actors were not available because of the wide variation in the number of hours worked by actors and the short-term nature of many jobs, which may last for 1 day or 1 week; it is extremely rare for actors to have guaranteed employment that exceeded 3 to 6 months."

To learn more about salary, working conditions and union specifications, head to the BLS website at

Click here about my blog on day jobs for actors.


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