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    Here for You

    The economic recession has taken a bite out of everyone’s wallets, but while the media’s attention has mostly focused on big companies’ losses, Back Stage fully understands that the economy affects the average consumer the most.

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    Bobcat Goldthwait Just Wants to Direct (Commercials)

    Bobcat Goldthwait is probably known as "that Police Academy guy." It's somewhat of a surprise to learn that Goldthwait has also directed the commercials, including the one that announcing Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Web browser.

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    Actor Screw-Ups on Social Networking Sites

    I have a lot of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace friends. About one percent of my computerized companions are 3D friends: i.e., people I actually call friends in the real world.

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    Which Actor's Career Would You Most Like to Have?

    "I would love to have Robert Downey Jr.'s career. I can only imagine the ups and downs that he has had in his career." --Amore Leighton

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    (Audio) Book Smart

    The audio book business has been booming, as has actors' interests in working as narrators in this field. I recently spoke with voiceover greats Pat Fraley and Marc Cashman, who shared their wisdom about this booming business.

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    Randy Memoli

    To hear Randy Memoli tell it, acting saved his life. After graduating from high school in New Jersey, the gregarious and outspoken class clown and self-proclaimed slacker spent most of his time at odd jobs and partying.

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    Asinine Addresses Used in Addressing Professionals

    The pre-pubescent use of sexually suggestive, "personality expressive," childish monikers misused and abused in email addresses utilized for business correspondence has got to stop. Now.

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    Looking Back, Moving On

    If you've auditioned for a commercial in Los Angeles at any time in the past 28 years, you've likely been in Danny Goldman's office.

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    How Do You Deal with Nerves?

    Ideally, I try to turn nerves into character- and situation-appropriate emotions, or at least into excitement about performing. --Alexis Raben

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    What Is This Thing Called Craft?

    Lee Strasberg once said, "Every actor needs a craft which is commensurate with his talent." Stella Adler said, "Without craft there can be no art."