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    Leave the Agony Behind

    "Think of your pet dog having a thousand needles stuck into him over his entire body. Think of his pain. Now, while in this state, do your monologue for me." I don’t ever want to think of those images, especially before shooting a scene.

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    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"

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    Booking Ratios

    Our lives are ruled by numbers. New television shows live and die based on ratings. And actors are often judged by their booking ratio.

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    All the Right Moves

    Back Stage recently spoke with three successful dance pros, who explain what it takes—besides dance ability—to make it as a professional in Los Angeles, on the ballet stage, and as a Rockette.

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    What Acting Skills Do You Want To See in Your Dancers?

    "You can have all the technique in the world, but if you're just a robot and you aren't connecting with the reasons or the emotions of the piece, then you're really not connecting with your audience."

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    There's No Business Like... Paying to Meet Agents

    Someone thought it would be great if actors could meet agents and managers without having an "in"—a referral of some kind. Now, they are as commonplace as insurance commercials.

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    Island Wisdom

    "Lost's" wisdom can be applied to almost anything in life, and that includes your acting career. So let's take a closer look at some of the best lines from "Lost" and see what you can learn from them.

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    Commission Explainer, Hairy P.R.

    "I also know that one of the main things you get a manager for is so they can get you an agent. But what if I get an agent first? Do I still need to pay the manager as much, since I got the agent on my own?"

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    Danielle Lozeau... Got the Part!

    After seeing the casting notice in Back Stage, Danielle Lozeau auditioned for the role of Olivia in "Red Hook Black," a feature film about six people living in Red Hook, N.Y.

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    Angels and Whores

    If film directors can have a director's cut of a movie when released for DVD, what about authors with manuscript material that may have been cut because it was considered too controversial?