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    Los Angeles Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following is a list of Los Angeles–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.

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    Charlotte Schioler

    Flipping through pages of casting notices in Back Stage, Schioler was determined to find the perfect part.

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    Finding the Recess in Recession

    Americans are now experiencing the ups and downs of a boom-bust economy that have always been the actors' lot, including the need to take part-time jobs outside their chosen profession.

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    The Last Word: Almost Famous?

    "I have been compared to Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis. My first thought is, 'But I don't have a big jawbone, and I'm not skinny and weird.' "

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    Audition Tension

    Nancy Mayans thinks about what happens to the body as concern mounts. She worries that the result could be the actor's body tightening before an audition.

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    Desperate Acts, Moving Pictures

    Does the Screen Actors Guild realistically expect struggling, out-of-work actors to turn down nonunion work? Times are hard, and SAG isn't making it any easier.

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    Hit the Road, Jack

    Sometimes I wonder if actors are born with a genetic mutation that forces them to get in their own way. It's the only possible explanation for all the self-destructive behavior.

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    Costumes and Props at an Audition?

    If dressing in character or carrying a phone works, use it! The time an actor spends in the audition room is that actor's time to get the role.

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    It's (Ouch!) Shoe Time

    Shoes with 6-inch stiletto heels or sharp toes or flat soles without arch support may not be a big deal when worn for a short time, but what if you're cast in a role that requires them?

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    Carl Washington

    Your first job can affect the way you think about your career. A good experience can inspire and invigorate, while a bad one might cause you to consider a different path.