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    Looks Bad on Paper

    When it comes to lying on your resume, be it a slight exaggeration or a full-blown falsehood, we can offer but one piece of advice: Don't. Not only does it irritate the casting director but there's no need for it.

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    Parent Trap, Photo Flap

    I'm an actor who happens to also be a mother—not a big deal. Like any professional, when I have a job, I balance my work with life with my husband and childcare.

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    Leonard Zimmerman

    On Jan. 11, Leonard Zimmerman went on an unusual audition. It all happened fast: He saw a casting notice for 24DP Commercials at BackStage.com, immediately submitted his headshot and résumé.

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    From Our Readers

    In response to our Audition Issue (Aug. 18), we heard from actors with their own audition tales. Here are two.

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    The Destination or the Journey

    Too many people in our culture spend their whole lives being miserable in jobs they hate because everything is about the destination and not the journey.

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    Top Tips for Acing a Dance Sequence?

    "One of the things all dancers should do is be prepared as to what it is they're auditioning for. For instance, if they're auditioning for "Guys and Dolls," they have to understand that this is a period piece." - Sergio Trujillo

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    Diving Deeper

    I found that I had a special talent in perceiving other people's feelings and making them feel better. I refused to let myself, or anyone else, fall into sadness.

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    Matt Smith On Peter Falk in 'A Woman Under the Influence'

    Seattle-based monologuist Matt Smith says "quiet" performances like Peter Falk's in "A Woman Under the Influence" inspire him to act.

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    Not Every Opportunity is Golden

    Working Actor Michael Kostroff reminds you that some job offers aren't worth accepting.