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    Recovery and Starting My Own Theater Company

    I was broke and constantly in pain. Then, to make matters worse, the bottom fell out of the economy and auditions became scarcer. "Something has to change," I thought.

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    Alex Querna

    Alex Querna was comfortable in front of the camera long before his first acting gig, having come to L.A. to work in sports television.

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    Visitation Rights, Streaking Craze

    Last year I got Abrams to be my agent. I've booked with them, but over the last five months I've had no calls. I am frustrated but don't want to burn a bridge, and she has not told me to get another agent.

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    The Busy Smell of Success

    What defines a successful actor? Having roles offered without needing to audition? Being labeled "A-list" in the tabloids? Winning an industry award?

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    College Counterpoint

    I think the response to Julian in the March 5 issue, discussing whether to go to college or directly into acting, missed the mark.

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    Income Comes First

    What began seven years ago as a play-reading group among East Coast transplants has evolved into something, well, big.

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    A Fresh Take (5)

    "September through December is a very busy time in our profession. This is my second full season on NBC's "30 Rock." -- Richard Rella

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    My Agent Is a Bad Boyfriend

    Agents. The bipolar living roller coasters of our delightful industry, who we love to love and love, love, love to hate.

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    What About Directors Do You Hate?

    "A few years back, I had just come off this Off-Broadway play when I was immediately hired for an independent film. The filmmaker had absolutely no clue how to deal with actors."

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    Into the Words

    In the beginning, there is the playwright. Then there is you. When the playwright and you, the actor, merge, when the playwright's words and your innermost self—your memories and thoughts and feelings—connect, the result is what we call a "character." Script analysis is a useful first step ...