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    Getting Your Pilot Off the Ground

    Pilot season draws a lot of attention, but the process starts with pitching season. The process of pitching for writers is like the audition process for actors, so it's important to prepare for the meeting.

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    The Art and Science of Getting Your Idea Across

    All successful scriptwriters are forced to master pitching before they can get paid to actually write. Just as auditioning is a separate skill every actor must develop, every writer must build a pitching muscle.

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    How to Pitch Yourself at an Agent or Manager Meeting

    Now that pilot season is over and the upfronts are done, agents and managers are clearing the dead weight from their rosters and looking for exciting new clients to add.

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    How to Write a Powerful Pitch Letter

    If you are not getting as many auditions as you want, chances are it's because not enough of the right people know you exist.

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    What Makes a Pitch Stand Out?

    If I can't understand what it's about or the subject matter is overly familiar, then it doesn't matter how great the pitch is. The more high-concept the idea, the more likely I will want to read the script.

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    To Be (an Actor) or Not to Be

    There comes a point in every struggling actor's career when they question whether they are on the right path. Trust me. I pretty much ask myself that every day (so do my parents).

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    Nilla Watkins...Got the Part

    After two years in the legal trenches doing everything expected of her, Nilla Watkins had the nagging feeling that she was overlooking her true calling.

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    The Centennial Column

    Many of you would like to find out my true identity. You wonder how you can trust what I say when you don't know who I am. "Who" is but the form following the function of "what," and what I am is a man in a mask.

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    Gibney Dance Center Is Growing

    Choreographer Gina Gibney discusses expanding her studio into a creative hub for dance artists.

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    What Schools or Coaches Catch Your Attention?

    We've had good experiences with people who have studied in Los Angeles with Kate McGregor-Stewart, as well as at the American Film Institute and at the University of Southern California.