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Theater job brings drama

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:01 am

Q: I recently got a job with a theater company that scheduled me to work once a month. My manager sent out an email a few days ago, asking about our availability for the upcoming month. I told my manager I could not work a particular weekend because I had a prior engagement. To my surprise, I received an email from the general manager saying they're taking me off of the work schedule.

I'm taken aback by the email, because the company has me working on a very limited schedule. How should I address this sudden change with the general manager? – Part-Timer, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A.: If possible, have a personal conversation with your manager first, then the general manager. Reiterate your interest in working at the company. If you have asked in the past about increasing your hours, remind them of this. Explain that you will do your best to be available, even though that one weekend was previously booked.

Speaking up and addressing your bosses directly should at least show them your sincerity and interest in working for them.

Lifestylist and author Harriette Cole is president and creative director of Harriette Cole Media. You can send questions to or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.