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    Louis Patane

    Switching careers midway through life may be difficult, but after 30 years in city government, Louis Patane decided to become an actor.

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    'Herm' Changed My Life

    Every school has one. You know, that one unbearably cool teacher who managed to be accessible at the same time? Ert Jones-Hermerding was the coolest of all of them.

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    Casting Director Accountability

    The response to my blog post "A Casting Director's Rude Behavior," which was characterized by Back Stage as "chastising," was overwhelming.

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    Comedy Open-Mike Nights

    There's no better way to see if you've really got the comic chops to make it than an open-mike night.

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    Do You Believe in Having a Plan B?

    "My only plan: Never give up the dream. Make it happen!"  —Gina Stahlnecker

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    'Improvising' in Scripted Comedy

    I'm often asked by people who have seen "The 39 Steps"—in which I'm performing on Broadway, along with Jill Paice, Jeffery Kuhn, and Sean Mahon—how much of the show is improvised.

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    Can Comedic Timing Be Taught, or Is It Innate?

    An acting teacher of mine (quoting an acting teacher of his, who was quoting an acting teacher of his, etc., ad infinitum) once said, "Emotion is to the actor what sweat is to the athlete."

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    But Seriously…

    Show business should be the place where actors can show off all their colors, but in reality it's more often about showing the same color over and over again.

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    Reading Into It

    I think you really hit upon several salient points regarding acting and the acting-career process—and in an easy-to-read, no-nonsense format. I would like to add one of my own insights.

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    A Chance to Kick Up My White Boots

    We're at Mile High Stadium in Denver. At that moment I was standing in a long line of hundreds of pretty girls, all waiting anxiously.