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    Headshots: Border or Not?

    Recently a reader sent me a question about the latest headshot trends: whether a headshot should have a border or be full bleed. Every five or so years the "in" headshot format alters.

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    Puffing on Illusion

    Some people do yoga. I hang out in a little cigar shop on Melrose Avenue. I come here to center myself, to think, to contemplate the meaning of my existence, and existence in general.

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    Voice Activation

    Want a new way to be proactive in your voiceover career? Here are the best-known websites geared toward voice talent.

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    The Technique of Process

    What inspires you? What blocks you? What rocks you? What delights and repels you?

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    Audition As If You're Rehearsing

    Todd Thaler launched his career as a casting director 25 years ago by overseeing background casting for Woody Allen, a position he held on 14 of Allen's films.

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    Residual Reassurance, Group Dynamic

    "If my son has a credited principal role in a major motion picture, will he still get residuals if he's nonunion?"

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    Common Mistakes

    "Doing too much in their montages. Even having a montage. Directors and casting directors really want to cut to the chase with you, not see little bits of everything you've ever done."

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    When Less Is More: The Art of the Thumbnail Photo

    Thumbnails—those miniature headshots posted on casting websites—are identical to their 8-by-10-inch counterparts. Except, of course, they're smaller.

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    You, Too, Can Prepare for the Agent Interview

    Although it is impossible to predict which direction the conversation in an initial meeting with an agent will take, there are a few common areas that require preparation.

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    The Not-So-Starving Actor

    According to L.A.-based nutritionist and certified personal trainer Thomas Roe, avoiding the junk food from craft services can be difficult for everyone on set, not just the actors.