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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. Some 360 gallons (around 1,360 liters) of paint and primer were used to provide the iconic sign with it most extensive refurbishment in almost 35 years in advance of it's 90th birthday next year.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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.

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

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)

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