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    Ye Olde Mail Bag

    We received an interesting letter this week at Secret Agent Man headquarters. It came from a New York actor, and I'd like to start off this column by sharing it with you.

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    What is the Silliest Thing You Have Ever Had to Do in the Name of Your Craft ?

    "I was shooting a movie, "Backfire," by Ben Demaree. Starring as the hit woman, I run down the stairs toting a gun. Suddenly Alex yells, 'Put the gun down!' I turn to see two LAPD officers standing behind their car doors, guns drawn, yelling!" -- Michelle Tomlinson

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    Young Face, Old Soul

    Three months before I graduate from New York University, and it's the night of my first agent showcase. I'm on my A-game, and I totally nail the monologue. When I finish, I look at the agent for his response. His face is difficult to read as he glances ...

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    Bob Leonard

    Who would have thought that dancing the Hustle three decades ago would lead to a gig in 2009? But thanks to that experience and a Back Stage casting notice, Bob Leonard attended his first-ever audition and is now a member of the Timeless Torches, a dance team for the WNBA ...

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    Clean Slate

    Follow these tips and your slate should grab the clients, ensuring they'll actually watch your audition. Seriously, do you think they take hours out of their day to watch every single audition?

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    What Should an Actor Look for in a Headshot Retoucher?

    "The most important thing an actor should look for is a professional retoucher who also does headshots. Look for people who specialize in headshot retouching."  -- J. Jhaveri

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    A Very Bad Audition

    I was thrilled and pumped and felt great about all of them—until I got no callbacks and no work. After the fifth audition, I started to lose my confidence more and more each time.

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    Salt in My Eyes

    "You remember John, don't you?" Of course I did. How could I forget the man my grandmother referred to as "salt of the earth," who had been my uncle's best friend for 40 years—and who was now a successful Hollywood producer.

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    Preservation Call: Jazz Dance

    Calling all jazz dancers! Old-school jazz, that is—and your age doesn't matter. New York–based jazz dance teacher Sue Samuels is forming a new dance company, Jazz Roots, featuring choreography in traditional jazz styles from the 1960s and '70s.