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    They're Just Neil and Oliver to Her

    Over the course of her two-decade career, Los Angeles–based casting director Heidi Levitt has worked with everyone from blockbuster king Michael Bay ("The Rock") to indie darlings like Wim Wenders ("Don't Come Knocking").

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    Crying on Cue

    12 techniques to help you explore other ways to release your character's pent-up emotion.

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    Should I Sign with a Rep?

    "Be wise to those who coast on their reputations, are always looking backward, or hold themselves out as a friend. You want a friend, get a dog."

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    Widespread Deconstruction

    Script analysis is what you do before you embark upon character development. It's the process by which you discover the broader context within which to make your personal choices.

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    Spot Stars

    Courtney and Carr are two of just a handful of actors playing recurring characters in current commercials.

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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.