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    Is 'Beautiful' the New 'Ugly'?

    The headshot is the passport into the casting director's office. It has to say something about who the actor is. A pretty headshot does not always serve the actor in terms of getting an audition.

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    Approaching a Role with an Accent

    My actors are required to master accents. They use dialect CDs offering a step-by-step approach with specific drills and exercises.

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    Radical Solutions

    The acting world is not a kind one. Variations in income are a regular fact of life. But what if your steady but variable income takes a big hit? Like in half. How do you address that?

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    2009 List of New York Area Acting Schools and Coaches

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

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    Study Aid

    If you're thinking about taking acting classes, "Can I afford it?" is likely a top question. The answer, according to the schools contacted by Back Stage, is "Probably yes."

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    Sivan Hadari

    "I knew it would be a challenge playing two characters in one play," says Sivan Hadari, "but I thought I could pull it off."

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    Adesa Swann

    Hard work, focus, and dedication are requirements for success in any field, and when Adesa Swann brought all three to her audition, she came out with what she had gone in for: a job.

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    One Dream, or the Other

    My sister Kiki is two and a half years younger than I am. Despite the difference, it always felt as though we were the same age because we were inseparable.

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    Space Case, Thai Ties

    Is it considered unethical for an actor to use a gimmick or shtick to leapfrog over other struggling actors and get ahead in the business?

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    Acting Your 16 Bars

    Musical theater hopefuls sing their 16 carefully chosen bars at open calls. One after another, they belt their highest notes as loud as they can and then...nothing except a thank you.