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    Spreading Their Wings

    "We’ve got great memories for talent. One or the other of us will remember someone that we’ve seen two years ago that came in to audition."

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    VIDEO: Voice-Over Voice Acting (Pt. 1)

    Actors Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt talk to Backstage.com about their work and experiences as voice actors.

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    Innovative Marketing Tool for the Actor

    In my 30-year career as a director, casting director and former actor, I have never once come across an actor who had a reduced, easy-to-pocket, up-to-date resume on them at all times.

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    Pretending It's Chocolate

    I don't have 'showmances' as a rule. Getting involved with your romantic opposite is not only messy, it is a breach of a professional relationship—one which inevitably interferes with your performance.

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    Casting Myself

    I was willing to make one last big effort, and go out with a bang, so to speak. Making a feature film could be just that: One that I wrote and in which I appeared as the lead.

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    The Truth in the Text

    Lester Shane made his stage debut as "the littlest Pepper of them all" in a Cleveland production of "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew," and he's been acting ever since.

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    Oh, What a Tangled Web

    There seem to be a never-ending number of websites claiming that theirs is the best place for actors to post their pictures and résumés for casting folk to take a gander at.

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    Giving Notes?

    "Giving notes to actors is a craft unto itself. It's about efficiency and timing. Knowing how and when to give a note is sometimes more important than the note itself."

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    Cash on the Dresser, Quitting Time

    "It feels like it's really time for me to submit my two-week notice at my survival job. The No. 1 reason is that it leaves me out of energy when I'm done at 5:30."

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    Lisa Keppel

    Is punctuality the key to booking the job? Well, that—along with being prepared and having diverse interests—certainly helped Lisa Keppel.