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Crackdown on 'pay-to-play' auditions gets mixed reviews from actors themselves




The freshly painted Hollywood Sign is seen after a press conference to announce the completion of the famous landmark's major makeover, December 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
The freshly painted Hollywood Sign is seen after a press conference to announce the completion of the famous landmark's major makeover, December 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
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On the heels of facing misdemeanor charges for violating the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act, this week the Burbank acting school, the Actor's Key, announced its closure and bankruptcy.

Last week, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the criminal charges in an investigation into so-called pay-to-play casting schemes in Hollywood.

The workshops allegedly charged aspiring actors to read in front of casting directors or their staff.  That practice was often advertised as being "educational."

However, some actors worry their already limited opportunities are being winnowed down by the Krekorian Act. What are your experiences with acting classes and workshops?

Guest:

Gary Baum, senior writer, The Hollywood Reporter; he tweets @garymbaum

Brian Patacca, Founder of Actor Salon, a life and career coaching company for actors; Actor 

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, general counsel and chief operating officer, SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)