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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.

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    In Appreciation of the Actor

    "When writing a play, I find it helpful to imagine specific actors in the roles."

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    A Day In Your Office

    "If you are able, I recommend that every actor should intern at an agent's office for at least a week. I started in this business as an actor interning for the agency who represented me."

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    Papa Was a Working Actor

    "I was wondering if you had any success stories about being a parent and an actor and somehow maintaining sanity."