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    (Audio) Book Smart

    The audio book business has been booming, as has actors' interests in working as narrators in this field. I recently spoke with voiceover greats Pat Fraley and Marc Cashman, who shared their wisdom about this booming business.

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    Randy Memoli

    To hear Randy Memoli tell it, acting saved his life. After graduating from high school in New Jersey, the gregarious and outspoken class clown and self-proclaimed slacker spent most of his time at odd jobs and partying.

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    Asinine Addresses Used in Addressing Professionals

    The pre-pubescent use of sexually suggestive, "personality expressive," childish monikers misused and abused in email addresses utilized for business correspondence has got to stop. Now.

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    Looking Back, Moving On

    If you've auditioned for a commercial in Los Angeles at any time in the past 28 years, you've likely been in Danny Goldman's office.

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    How Do You Deal with Nerves?

    Ideally, I try to turn nerves into character- and situation-appropriate emotions, or at least into excitement about performing. --Alexis Raben

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    What Is This Thing Called Craft?

    Lee Strasberg once said, "Every actor needs a craft which is commensurate with his talent." Stella Adler said, "Without craft there can be no art."

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    Rotten Request, Dumping a CD

    "Hello, I saw your profile on backstage and i will like to know if you are available for a Job from my company because after various screening your profile was chosen ."

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    2009 Los Angeles Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following individuals or companies specialize in one-on-one acting coaching. Private coaching is also available from the majority of those listed in the "Acting Schools and Classes" category. Coaches in other specialties, such as musical theater, voiceover, or young performers, are listed in those categories

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    Private Practice

    Like many actors, Carolyn Power gets private coaching. For an audition for Sarah Ruhl's play "The Clean House."

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    Young Face, Old Soul

    "I simply cannot figure out where to place you," he says. He then speaks words that continue to haunt me: "You're like a young face with an old soul." I stare at him blankly. What am I supposed to make of that?