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  • Is the Capitol Heights section of Washington, DC near Deanwood Metro Station really that bad?

    I'm planning on moving to the DC area, and that section of the city is PERFECT for my partner and I. The prices are exactly what we are looking for and the location is perfect for our jobs. I used to live in Baltimore, so I'm no stranger to high crime rates. But, I have been reading some really horrible stuff about this neighborhood. It dosen't even LOOK that bad. We do not want to pay Silver Spring or Bethesda prices to live outside of the city. Are there ANY safe, convenient areas of Washington, DC or its surrounding area that don't require you to pay extremely high prices for rent?

    8 AnswersWashington, D.C.8 years ago
  • Is the Trinidad section of DC becoming a less violent neighborhood?

    I'm about to move to DC soon and as everyone knows, it's VERY expensive. The only areas that are not expensive are the ones everybody has told me to stay away from. Even the areas in Maryland and Virginia outside of DC seem expensive. I have been noticing that there is a lot of stuff in our price range in Trinidad, and also in areas of SE DC. I heard that the area is being gentrified because of H Street. How true is this? I think it's informative to say that I am no stranger to dangerous cities. I am from New Orleans and I have also lived in Cleveland. I am a 27 year old gay black male (I'm not really that obviously gay. Not that it makes me better than a feminine guy, I just think this information is helpful since some urban areas are no stranger to gay bashing). It will be my partner and I and a friend of ours renting a house together. Do you think we would be safe there?

    1 AnswerWashington, D.C.8 years ago
  • Is the Trinidad section of DC becoming a less violent neighborhood?

    I'm about to move to DC soon and as everyone knows, it's VERY expensive. The only areas that are not expensive are the ones everybody has told me to stay away from. Even the areas in Maryland and Virginia outside of DC seem expensive. I have been noticing that there is a lot of stuff in our price range in Trinidad, and also in areas of SE DC. I heard that the area is being gentrified because of H Street. How true is this? I think it's informative to say that I am no stranger to dangerous cities. I am from New Orleans and I have also lived in Cleveland. I am a 27 year old gay black male (I'm not really that obviously gay. Not that it makes me better than a feminine guy, I just think this information is helpful since some urban areas are no stranger to gay bashing). It will be my partner and I and a friend of ours renting a house together. Do you think we would be safe there?

    2 AnswersOther - Society & Culture8 years ago
  • Can a man do a woman's monologue for an audition if gender is not mentioned or suggested in the text?

    There's a monologue that I want to do for an audition, but the character in the play is written as a woman, but the specific monologue I want to do makes to mention of the character's gender. I actually played the character once as a woman when I did it as a one man show in college. But, I realized that this particular monologue could work either way, and I REALLY think it's a good monologue for me. I'm not sure what the auditors would think if they were familiar with the play.

    1 AnswerTheater & Acting8 years ago
  • Is it possible to compromise without ruining my relationship, and is commuting from Bmore to Philly possible?

    This is a two part question. One is a relationship oriented question and the other is a question about relocating/commuting. I just got accepted to grad school in Philly, and my fiancé just got a HUGE promotion and raise at work. We live in Baltimore, and that's where his job is. We were planning on moving to Philly before he got a raise, which is why I think they gave him the promotion because he's such a valued worker that they don't want to lose him. I've been living in Baltimore for seven years, 3 years before he got here. I really hate this city. The whole atmosphere and vibe of the city depresses me. I'm much more fond of DC and Philly, and so is he. He doesnt really like it here either. Me being an artist (I'm an actor and writer), I have always wanted to live in NYC, but we both agreed that NYC was a bit too expensive for us right now. So, we decided to stay on the East Coast (close to NYC) go to DC. That didn't work out when we found out that DC was almost as expensive as NYC. So, we decided to set our sights on Philly. I spent MONTHS planning for a move to Philly, I applied to graduate school there and got accepted. That's when his job offers him this promotion, with a HUGE almost unbelievable raise. I have the option to go to school online, but I'd much rather BE there. Plus, I really just want to move. Because I (and so does he) want to move, we can focus on DC again, because DC is much closer to Baltimore than it is to Philly. DC is still expensive though, and even though he's making more money now it still doesn't seem like it makes sense to LIVE in the more expensive place and work in the least expensive place. I really just want to move to Philly, and I'm thinking about going without him. I'm not used to not being able to get up and go when it's time for me to. I feel restricted and held back. Is there a compromise somewhere that I'm not seeing? I've tried to compromise. I've changed my location around to fit both of our needs and I keep getting yanked around. I told him that I was an actor/writer and I would be pursuing my dreams and I would not be living my life here in this city. What should I do? I don't want to leave him, or live away from him but this city and this whole relocation process is driving me insane. Is the commute between Baltimore and Philly reasonable enough to do by car on a daily basis? Is there an area between the two cities that is reasonable for us both?

  • Is the Fort Dupont/Benning Ridge neighborhood in Washington, DC a good neighborhood?

    I am planning to move to DC soon, and I found a reasonably priced home in that area, and it LOOKS very nice, but I have heard some bad things about how this neighborhood used to be in the past. Can anybody tell me if this is a safe neighborhood for twenty-something year old guys? Thanks.

    2 AnswersWashington, D.C.8 years ago
  • Where can American theatre actor find auditions in Canada (particularly Toronto)?

    I am an American theatre actor who is currently In the Equity Membership Candidate program. I am currently looking to expand myself a little bit and begin to audition in Canada, particularly in the city of Toronto. I usually search for audition options through playbill.com and the Actors Equity site. I visited Canada's Actor Equity site, but there was no audition listing. Are there any similar Canadian sites that I can look at for audition information? Thanks a lot! :-)

    1 AnswerTheatre & Acting8 years ago
  • Do I still have a chance of being cast?

    I auditioned for a play in the city where I live. I received a call back and I auditioned again with sides from the play about 3 or 4 weeks ago. The play is a co-production with another theatre in another city, so the show will also be running there after it closes it's first run at the first theatre. I have not heard anything back from the theatre where I had the call back, but I am now seeing that the second theatre is auditioning for their season and the role that I auditioned for is still not cast. Some of the roles are cast, so I'm assuming that they cast them from the first round of auditions. The second round of auditions for the second theatre are taking p,ace in NYC, even though the theatre is not located there. Do I still have a chance of being cast, or should I give up hope? Another actor informed me that it could mean that they are holding me on the back burner as a possible choice, but just want to consider weighing their options. I would call or email the theatre and ask them where they are in the casting process, but they were very upfront in saying that only the actors who were cast would be notified. I don't want to mess up my chances of being cast if I indeed still have a chance. If I am not cast, then I would still like to keep a good relationship with the theatre.

    1 AnswerTheater & Acting8 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia a good place to find theatre and film work?

    I'm an actor who is looking to relocate and get some experience and gain my equity/sag card before tackling NYC. Is there anyone familiar with the city and what it has to offer?

    1 AnswerPhiladelphia8 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia a good place to find theatre and film work?

    I'm an actor who is looking to relocate and get some experience and gain my equity/sag card before tackling NYC. Is there anyone familiar with the city and what it has to offer?

    1 AnswerTheater & Acting8 years ago
  • What is the best city for stage actors to find work, Philadelphia or Washington, DC?

    I'm a theatre actor looking to relocate soon just for a change of scenery and a want to live in/explore/experience another city. I want to also move somewhere where there are a lot of options for finding work. I do not want to move to New York City or Chicago just yet. I want to build up my resume and give myself time to get my equity card so that directors and agents will take me seriously.(I've heard that the first question a director will ask you in NYC is, "Do you have your equity card?". They like you to already have it). Anyway, I have narrowed it down to two cities with relatively smaller markets but lots of opportunities: Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Can anyone familiar with these two places weigh in on the pros and cons of the market for actors in these two places and what to look forward to? Also, in your opinion, which is BEST? (I know that question is relative, depending upon the person, but I'm just asking for personal preferences, choices and experiences). Thank you.

    2 AnswersTheater & Acting8 years ago
  • What is the best city for stage actors to find work, Philadelphia or Washington, DC?

    I'm a theatre actor looking to relocate soon just for a change of scenery and a want to live in/explore/experience another city. I want to also move somewhere where there are a lot of options for finding work. I do not want to move to New York City or Chicago just yet. I want to build up my resume and give myself time to get my equity card so that directors and agents will take me seriously.(I've heard that the first question a director will ask you in NYC is, "Do you have your equity card?". They like you to already have it). Anyway, I have narrowed it down to two cities with relatively smaller markets but lots of opportunities: Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Can anyone familiar with these two places weigh in on the pros and cons of the market for actors in these two places and what to look forward to? Also, in your opinion, which is BEST? (I know that question is relative, depending upon the person, but I'm just asking for personal preferences, choices and experiences). Thank you.

    3 AnswersTheater & Acting8 years ago
  • What do I do if I want to move, but my boyfriend can't?

    I am a 27 year old gay black male. My boyfriend is 31. When we first met, he was not in school, but I was. He moved from where he was living (which he had planned on doing before we met) and moved to where I was living. He was aware that I was an aspiring actor and I did not plan on being here long. He was open to the idea of moving again right after I graduated, and actually still wants to move. Four years later, I have graduated from college a year ago, and we are still here. The thing is that he realized that he wanted and needed to go back to school shortly before I graduated. He was only supposed to be taking classes at a community college to transfer to a four year program in whatever city we moved to. But, one thing has lead to another and he is being offered a really good opportunity at a school in the city where we live now, which could force us to have to stay here for two more years. We had plans on leaving. We even visited some of the places we wanted to move and made connections and started scouting places to live. This is a major let down for me. I'm so depressed... What do you do when you're in a relationship and you desperately want to move away from the place you have been living in for 7 years and take your career and dreams in another direction, but your partner still has things that they have to do that may put them in a position to stay put for another two years? It's not like you can't do what you want to do where you are now because you've been doing it, but you have a strong desire to move forward and experience something else. Your partner is not stopping you from doing what you want to do. As a matter of fact, he insists that you do it. But, you're longer for a change of atmosphere. A fresh start. The place where you live now is ok, but you know there is better. The place where you live also holds a lot of unpleasant memories (though not ALL bad), and sort of represents a period in your life that you feel you have outgrown. It's time for a new chapter. You have been feeling this way for a LONG TIME. When you first got into the relationship, the expectations and plans were different, but now things have changed. You express how important this change is to you, but it sort of stresses your partner out because it makes him feel like he needs to figure out a way to appease you both, but he can't figure it out. He feels like what he needs to do is important and will put you both in a better place financially. For the sake of not wanting to put him through it, you decide to let him know that he can take as much time as he needs to and do whatever he needs to do. But on the inside, you are still longing for change and it's eating you up. What do you do? Is it selfish of you to still want what you want?... I'm trying so hard to be understanding and patient. I can be a bit impatient at times. It's just that I'm a mover. I can't stand being stuck. I've felt stuck for a long time, and it seems like I just can't break away. Not the way I REALLY want to, at least.

  • I battle with my weight constantly, so will I ever be a successful actor?

    I've been very depressed lately because I am feeling like I will never make it as an actor. I am a husky Black male, about 6 feet and 280 pounds. I carry most of my weight in my lower body, so I have a big butt. My body frame is also wide. I am not extremely fat, but I am definitely on the bigger side. I am a very good actor. I have confidence in my acting skills. I have over 12 years of training and a degree in theatre. I have always battled with my weight since childhood, and it has also provided ammunition for low self esteem issues over the years. I am currently in therapy now, and I have been doing better, but every now and then I have relapses in my Thoughts. Last year, I was cast in my first professional play. Ever since then, I have not been able to find work. In the play that I was cast in, the character was very awkward, bumbling and wore tight clothes. I played him well, but I couldn't help but think, "Is this what I have to look forward to? Playing awkward, foolish characters because I'm of a larger size? Will I ever be taken seriously as an actor?"... I know that most of you will say that I can DEFINITELY lose weight, and I can. But, it's not as easy as you may think. This has been a lifelong struggle for me. Furthermore, what if I become comfortable with who I am and I really don't want to have a body like Vin Diesel? Will I be forced to change myself just to be taken seriously? Sometimes I feel like my talent is my biggest curse... FYI, I was talking to a female friend of mine, who is also an actor, that thinks I am totally tripping because "men can play anything they want to at whatever size they are. It's plus sized WOMEN that have trouble finding work and being taken seriously in the theatre and film industries". I'm not sure how true it is, but it doesn't seem like it because when I go to see a show that I didn't get cast in, and I see the actor playing the part that I auditioned for, they NEVER look like me. It's always some slender, "sexy" guy. I've been told I was sexy as well, but regular sexy and stage/film sexy seem to be two different things.

    2 AnswersTheater & Acting9 years ago
  • What are the "ok" neighborhoods in Philadelphia?

    I am planning to move to Philadelphia very soon for grad school. I am aware that the most safe neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the Center City ones, such as Society Hill, Rittenhouse and Art Museum. The problem is that I have been researching the neighborhoods, and most of these neighborhoods are more expensive than what I would be able to pay to live. While I can't afford anything expensive at the moment, I also do not want to live in the extremely dangerous neighborhoods either, such as Kensington or Point Breeze. What neighborhoods in the city are just ok or not so bad? I already live in Baltimore, which is also not the safest city ever, so I am very acquainted with city life and I understand the precautions it takes to live in the city. But, being fairly new to a city, I would like avoid the really bad neighborhoods as much as possible.

    4 AnswersPhiladelphia9 years ago
  • Why does my baby nephew's eyes constantly move around?

    My brother, his girlfriend and I are a little concerned because his 7 month old baby's eyes constantly move around in a circular direction almost like it's hard for him to focus on anything. I know that most baby's eyes wander, but his is constant. He has big eyes and it almost seems like they are always bulging and rolling around very fast. If he does focus on something, it's not for very long. The doctor said that he may have some type of neurological disorder, but it's too early to tell. My brother's girlfriend didn't really want to talk about it. I think she's really nervous that the baby may be mentally challenged or something. Has anybody ever had this experience before? Will the baby be fine? Are we just being worried for no reason? I am really worried.

    1 AnswerOther - Health9 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia really THAT bad, and what attracts people to the city?

    I haven't been to Philadelphia in a while (I live in Baltimore), and I just recently applied to Temple University for grad school. I plan to be moving there at the end of the year. I have been hearing a lot of bad things about Philadelphia, but I don't ever remember it being that bad. I don't understand if it is such a horrible place, then why is the population still as big as it is? It's the 5th largest city in the country, and has the third largest downtown after New York City and Chicago. I imagine that there would be TONS of things to do, places to eat, theatre, shopping, music, museums and art galleries, night clubs, bars, etc., or at least way more to do than Baltimore (ugh). Is this the case, or is Philadelphia really as bad and violent as they say? I've heard people actually downgrade it to being a "dump".

    8 AnswersPhiladelphia9 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia a theatre city?

    How does Philadelphia rank when compared to DC, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta for theatre goers and jobs for theatre actors?

    2 AnswersTheater & Acting9 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia a theatre city?

    How does Philadelphia rank when compared to DC, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta for theatre goers and jobs for theatre actors?

    3 AnswersPhiladelphia9 years ago
  • Is Philadelphia a lively city?

    How does Philadelphia rank in comparison to other big cities such as Chicago, DC, NYC, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta when it comes to attractions, nightlife, events and theatre?

    4 AnswersPhiladelphia9 years ago