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    Readers Share Opinions on What It Takes to be an Actor

    Back Stage readers respond loudly and passionately to Working Actor writer Michael Kostroff's advice about what it takes to be an actor.

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    Actor's Responsibilties on Set?

    What do you expect from actors when they show up on the set? What are their responsibilities?

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    Alex Chester

    In 2009, Christmas came early for Alex Chester, who fulfilled a longtime dream when she booked the role of Punky Who in the Los Angeles production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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    Jason Alexander on the cast of 'Network'

    I've been part of some amazing ensembles in my career. So I am always more impressed by the work of an ensemble. Ensembles are a special kind of magic.

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    A Cuckold's Tale

    Philadelphia Dramatists Center

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    Jerks Don't Work, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed the professional perils of being a jerk. Today, I'll talk about exceptions to the rule and some ways to cultivate nonjerkiness.

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    Bridgette Bassa… Got the Part

    When Missouri transplant Bridgette Bassa spied the casting notice for "Indestructible," one thing stood out to her: It was for writer-director Daniel Myrick of "The Blair Witch Project."

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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

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    Read the Entire Script Before the Audition

    When auditioning, a really common mistake is to not read the entire script. Oftentimes actors will just look at the lines for their own character. When you arrive at an audition, the first thing you should do is read the full script.

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    Ask and You May Receive

    With so many elements of our lives in other people's hands-agents, casting directors, producers, directors-it's easy to feel as if we have little control over our careers. But there is one place we have much more control than we imagine: the audition room.