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    Innovative Marketing Tool for the Actor

    In my 30-year career as a director, casting director and former actor, I have never once come across an actor who had a reduced, easy-to-pocket, up-to-date resume on them at all times.

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    Pretending It's Chocolate

    I don't have 'showmances' as a rule. Getting involved with your romantic opposite is not only messy, it is a breach of a professional relationship—one which inevitably interferes with your performance.

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    Casting Myself

    I was willing to make one last big effort, and go out with a bang, so to speak. Making a feature film could be just that: One that I wrote and in which I appeared as the lead.

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    The Truth in the Text

    Lester Shane made his stage debut as "the littlest Pepper of them all" in a Cleveland production of "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew," and he's been acting ever since.

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    Oh, What a Tangled Web

    There seem to be a never-ending number of websites claiming that theirs is the best place for actors to post their pictures and résumés for casting folk to take a gander at.

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    Giving Notes?

    "Giving notes to actors is a craft unto itself. It's about efficiency and timing. Knowing how and when to give a note is sometimes more important than the note itself."

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    Cash on the Dresser, Quitting Time

    "It feels like it's really time for me to submit my two-week notice at my survival job. The No. 1 reason is that it leaves me out of energy when I'm done at 5:30."

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    Lisa Keppel

    Is punctuality the key to booking the job? Well, that—along with being prepared and having diverse interests—certainly helped Lisa Keppel.

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    Submission Boo-Boos

    If you're an actor looking for representation, there are a lot of ways to go about it.

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    Talk Back: What Actors Must Do!

    Inspiration is when you can't stop working because an actor has crossed your path and shown you something that you have never seen before, that you never even knew existed.