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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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    Actor Sexuality: A Career Impediment?

    Homosexuals can be the biggest homophobes in our industry.  Several weeks ago I received a disturbing note from a reader.

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    Ian Loren ... Got the Part

    Audrey Hepburn and Debra Messing on "Will & Grace" inspired Loren and helped him land a web series.

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    How Do Actors Teach You About Their Character?

    Every actor I work with shows me something about the character, and often the play, that I did not see initially. Andréa Burns, who played Daniela in "In the Heights," is a perfect example.

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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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    Jeanette Steiner... Got the Part!

    With the help of Back Stage, the creators of the indie action thriller "Delivered" were able to locate their femme fatale in L.A.-based actor Jeanette Steiner.

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    Leslie Ivarson

    A transplant from Milwaukee, Leslie Ivarson moved to Los Angeles in June 2006 to follow her dream of acting.

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    Zach Handler ... Got the Part

    Taking a chance on a casting call for "real people" leads to a print campaign for Astoria Regional Savings Bank.

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    How Do You Behave On a Project?

    "I've been working since I was 4, and my mom always told me, "Listen to everybody and do what you're told and have a great personality. Don't just be one of those vegetables." -- Sarah Hyland

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    How Do You Help an Actor Who Is Struggling to Create a Role?

    "I think my job usually is to be like a second instinct, brain, and conscience for the actors. I have to work at least as hard as they do, especially prior to and during rehearsal. I have to be able to come in and provide options."