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    Getting Carded

    How do you get into the unions? The requirements are easy to understand, but the bigger issue for many actors may be deciding when the time is right to get your union card.

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    When to Say No to Work...

    Say no to work? Acting work is scarce enough as it is—so scarce that getting a job can seem a minor miracle. So why would any actor decline an offer of employment?

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    Turning Pro

    Acting school is an important tool to help you become an artist. However, a professional is defined as "one who follows an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain."

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    A Cautionary Tale

    "I can't think of another profession where what they teach you in school is so completely different from what you have to do in the professional world," says Stephen Tobolowsky.

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    Received Wisdom

    Whether you've taken a few commercial classes or graduated from Juilliard, plenty of lessons probably weren't in your curriculum. I asked a few actor friends to expound on the subject.

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    Um, Can I Say Something Here?

    New work, workshops, and premieres happen all the time in the real world, and when you're cast in one, you often have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on the script.

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    Thoughts from Acting School Alums and Working Actors

    "Starting your own company and producing your own plays in a major market is a viable alternative to sitting in a theater lobby all day, waiting for someone to give you a shot."

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    Experts Share Their Wisdom

    Whether it's how to handle your finances or how to handle a casting director, the real world presents the working actor with an endless series of challenges.

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    A Sense of Entitlement

    When graduation day arrived, I had a sense of entitlement that cannot be measured; I was ready to take Hollywood by storm. It took me less than six months to realize I knew nothing.

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    Bonnie Piesse... Got the Part

    Before she was 20 years old, Bonnie Piesse was cast in Episodes 2 and 3 of the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy as Beru, the Tatooine farmer's wife who adopts Luke Skywalker as a baby.