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Fri, Feb 3, 2017 6:48 AM

Trying to find out how to have an actor, who is misrepresenting herself in a part I played.

There is an actor misrepresenting themselves saying they played the part I played on a TV show. How can I get this fixed. Ms. Kirstin Zotovich has stated on her page that she played the waitress on The Drew Carey Show Episode Knot in the Mood Season 9 Episode 24 however I played that part. And the waitress character had the name of Julia not waitress. I have proof and the residual checks to back it up... Not to mention I worked on that show for three years as the waitress and don't remember her on it. Since I was the only waitress with lines on that episode I would prefer her credit be removed. How can we take care of this?

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4 years ago

Do you have access to this episode (The Drew Carey Show, Ep. 24 "Knot in the Mood", S9)? I mean can you provide some screencaps of this particular role (showing the "correct" actress etc)?

Point is that IMDb probably wants some "proof" if they're going to delete some credit. They prefer to correct/edit, but not delete.

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Yes I can. I can also provide residual check stubs that I still receive. Even if you go to the link below and watch the first 5 mins you'll see me there. I believe she may have been a stand in and an extra here or there based a conversation I just had with someone else who used to work with me there but not sure if she ever had lines on the show ... that you'd have look into. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4w9...

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4 years ago

Well, I can't personally find the name for actress Kirstin Zotovich from the credits, but who is this "waitress" in the screenshot (roughly in the timecode 5:25 and has a few lines of dialogue + is also "singing" with the bartender)? Is it you? Based on her twitter pics, she looks a bit like Ms. Zotovich, though (well, a bit, at least).

In IMDB, Zotovich is credited in 25 episodes of the series as "Waitress" in 2004. This would imply it's a recurring role (a bit like this waitress who appears in a few scenes in every episode?).

( Note, that I haven't really watched this show. )

EDIT: Ok, now I saw your IMDB page and it seems to be you in this screenshot:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0561678/
You seem to be credited in the series (in 2004, at least) under the name "Miette Maxwell" (that is important in IMDB, since it needs the attribute ("as Miette Maxwell"). And the character is "Julia".
(Is this "also" you, btw? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2890189/ )

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4 years ago

That waitress is me!! Yes it looks a bit like This Kirstin woman but it is not. It is me and the waitress character name is Julia. As I have said Ms. Zotovich is mis representing herself as me. And I have the paycheck stubs to prove it. I can also have one of the producers from the show who I still know also verify it. If you go to Cristina maxwell on IMDB you will see it looks like me to... because it is in fact me. Also as of last night this Ms. Zotovich's IMDB had it on as a credit. It is wrong.

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4 years ago

Yes Miette Maxwell was the acting name I used as an actor but because my SAG name was set up as Cristina Maxwell (giving name) and my pay was usually made out to Cristina so I tried to keep everything under Cristina in my IMDB. As for the credit Loves Unfolding Dream..under the Miette name. I remember the name of the production however I may not have been more than a stand in on that film... I don't remember. I don't believe I had lines.... is that a prerequisite for adding it as a credit on IMDB as an actor... that you had to have been paid for lines on the production...?? Also the 24 episode Ms. Zotovich had on Drew Carey also might be false.... like I said I was the waitress on that show for about 3 yrs (it was pretty much a extra gig until the last season when they gave me a few lines) don't remember her stepping in to play that extra roll.

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4 years ago

After watching these (named below) 6 episodes for review today I can tell you that I and Cynthia Watros are the only waitress in them. I will review the rest over the course of the next few days.... as I had said Ms. Zotovich has mis represented herself as the waitress for these shows.

Still Life with Freeloader, Love, Sri Lankan Style, and Knot in the Mood.... Cynthia is the waitresss and lead active in three of these and I am the background performer as the waitress in the first two and then have lines as the waitress, Julia, in the third. The episodes Passions of the Wick, Finale, and Sealed in a Kiss there are no scenes with a waitress at all.

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4 years ago

It is me and the waitress character name is Julia. 
Yes, since you've a link(s) to the episodes of the show with credits (where your name and the character name is credited), screencap and this thread, you probably can add your name to the episodes**. 

In how many episodes did you appeared as "Julie"? Were you always credited (your name appears on the end credits)? I mean you said that you basically got some lines in the last season of the series, so maybe you weren't credited in the previous seasons?
As I have said Ms. Zotovich is mis representing herself as me
This is a bit problematic, since she's not credited as "Julia" (sure, she is credited as "Waitress" which is pretty close to the character of Julia, but still) and we can't be fully sure that someone is trying to "steal" your credits. Usually these are just mistakes and oversights. Are you fully sure that there can't be "another" waitress on the show (some extra on the background etc)? Or in some other episodes?

Getting your name and the character "Julie" to the IMDB shouldn't be all that difficult (it's always up to the IMDB data editors, though), but deleting 25 credits from another actress could be.
As for the credit Loves Unfolding Dream..under the Miette name. I remember the name of the production however I may not have been more than a stand in on that film... I don't remember. I don't believe I had lines.... is that a prerequisite for adding it as a credit on IMDB as an actor... that you had to have been paid for lines on the production...?? 
In "Love's Unfolding Dream", you're not credited as an actor. Your credit is "set production assistant" which would mean that you were part of the crew (not cast). IMDB (mainly) follows the on-screen credits, so how the cast/crew is credited in the credits is what matters the most.

In any case, this credit (and the name "Miette Maxwell") should be merged with your primary name "Cristina maxwell". For more info about merging credits: http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=namemerge&hlp_sr_6_sm


**For general info how to add yourself: http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?resumeaddnewname

(You should add your name as "Maxwell, Cristina", but with the attribute "(as Miette Maxwell)")

**More info of multiple episode submissionshttps://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/how-do-i-fix-my-credit-for-acting-on-a-soap-i-was-a-characte...

If you are missing episode credits, you will need to submit your credits for the missing episodes through our online Update form. Credits on episodic TV shows must be submitted as additions to all individual episodes of the show, multiple episode submissions for the same credit are easier if you go to the main page of the show and click on the 'Edit Page' button. After selecting 'Add 1 Item' next to the correct type of credit, you will be presented with a screen where you can enter the name of the person and an 'Episodes' field. Clicking on the 'arrow' icon next to the 'Episodes' field will display a list of all known episodes for that show: you can select all applicable ones and submit the same credit for all of them at the same time.

( NOTE that I'm not part of the official IMDB team/moderators. )

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4 years ago

Thanks Ebony... and sorry if this seems drawn out. Ok. So in the episode Knot in the Mood.... I am accredited as being Julie who was the waitress at the beginning of the show. Since there is no other waitress (other than possibly the lead female actor, Cynthia, who plays a waitress in the show from time to time too) I also played the waitress on the show for 3 seasons... unaccredited because it was a background performers position. I didn't have any lines then.... which is why this bothers me. I didn't not put those episodes up because they were unaccredited however Kirstin claims to have been accredited as the waitress and she was not.... not accredited and unless she was the waitress while I wasn't there durning season 7 or early season 8 (can't remember when I took off from it) but all the ones she has put up as accredited are incorrect. I can send you all the links of all the episodes she has put up and you may watch them yourself. She is not the waitress nor is she accredited at the beginning or ends of the episodes she had named. As for sharing the link to incorporate my two names... thank you. I really appreciate it and I will look into it. Also thank you for reminding me about Loves Unfolding Dream... yes I remember it now. Someone else must have added me to it because I usually didn't care about connecting my production work to IMDB... it does show up from time to time but because someone has done it. Now if it's ok for Ms. Zotovich to put up back ground work as accredited work can I then put up my 3 seasons of background work as the waitress on the show too on top of my actual acrediation for Knot in the Mood as Julia, the waitress...? And will they let me since someone else, i.e. Ms. zotovich, has already done so?

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4 years ago

I have now submitted a name merge from your behalf. It can take some days (and it's weekend now) though, so be patient.

I could also submit your CREDITED credits (as "Julia"), but I would need to know every episode from the show where you were CREDITED as "Julia" (it's best to add them all at once). This means ONLY those episodes where your name and the character name appears in the end credits. Could you provide the list of those episodes? Just take your time.

IMO, we could tackle the other issues after those are added.

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4 years ago

Thanks Ebony. I also submitted both for merger last night. So am I to understand that I can not submit those episodes for which I am the waitress but not accredited on the running credits of the episode? Yes or no.