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    60 Seconds to Impress

    Regional combined auditions are a way for actors—particularly the young and inexperienced—to be seen by an array of theaters and other producing organizations at once. Not all combined auditions are alike, however.

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    Rethink Your Resolutions

    Let's face it: No one really keeps their New Year's resolutions. I know I haven't. Admitting so allowed me to finally start accomplishing my goals. You can do it too. Here's how.

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    Name That Tune

    "I Am What I Am" and "I've Gotta Be Me" are two song titles that should be mantras for every actor when it comes to headshots. Your photos should look just like you on a really good day.

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    Ed Stelz... Got the Part!

    After Ed Stelz graduated last year from the Atlantic Theater Company's conservatory program, he found himself in the difficult role of what he calls "a nobody seeking auditions."

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    Have a Merry Christmas

    As the year winds down, I want all of you to hit the brakes on your acting careers. Trust me. Show business will still be here after Dick Clark rings in the new year. Christmas isn't about headshots and a new demo reel.

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    No Class, Parental Partners

    I'm 12 years old and just starting out. I don't think I should submit myself to any agents, because I need more experience. But again, I can't find any casting calls to gain experience. How do I break out of this annoying cycle?

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    Keeping It Real and Unique

    Veteran casting director Erica Palgon says it's important to show what makes you special during auditions, and uniqueness is the key to getting cast.

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    Top Tips for Playing Emotional Scenes

    The most important advice I can give is do not rehearse. Steven Spielberg said, "Anytime an actor says a line, they lose some of their innocence."

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    Bausch, Ballroom, and Ballet

    Before you bid your final farewell to 2010, you may want to check out three highly educational dance items that came out during the latter half of the year: "Understanding Pina," "Ballroom!," and "Mirrors & Scrims,"

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    Mistakes Better Not Be Made

    Michael Shannon navigates 100 minutes of roller-coaster speech in his Off-Broadway triumph. How does he do it? Lots of water and no phone calls.