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    Northern Exposers

    Casting directors Kathy Mooney and Janet Pound came together last May to form Michigan's Pound & Mooney Casting. Their credits include the Michigan casting for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and the upcoming films Whip It!, directed by Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera; Demoted, with Sean Astin ...

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    Replacing in a Role

    Actors replace other actors in long-running shows in a variety of circumstances, most of them fraught in one way or another. Some actors follow the role's originator, others have to play iconic characters, and still others must tackle particularly difficult parts.

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    Playing Cops (and Robbers Too)

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I played a police officer on stage. I immediately discovered why cops walk in that funny, lumbering way: It's the holster. It gets in the way of holding your arms straight down at your sides.

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    They Don't Call It 'Show Art'

    When it comes to the age - old dilemma of art versus commerce, young actors are likely to hear advice that falls anywhere between those two extremes. No wonder they're confused.

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    Caitlin Gold

    Caitlin Gold works hard. The Toronto native checks BackStage.com for casting notices every day and submits herself for every character that even somewhat matches her description.

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    Preparing Your Own Return

    Every year, I caution people to be careful about preparing their own tax returns. Coming from a tax preparer, this advice may appear self-serving, but it isn't. Just the other day, something happened that called into question the idea, so heavily promoted in TV ads, that doing your own ...

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    The Casting List You Never Want to Be On

    If you're lucky and you've been around a while, you'll invariably know a few casting directors who've become fans and call you in for auditions all the time. But what happens when the love ends? 


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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings. I knew a guy back East who was just like that. He always dressed like a slob, and he'd get his hair cut at a pet shop.

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    What Mistakes Do Actors Make in Preparing for their Photo Sessions?

    In my opinion, the most important thing an actor can do to ensure a good session is to show up promptly and prepared. If you have to, show up early and wait in your car. Running late creates stress and takes time away from your session and is unprofessional.

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    What Is Sense Memory and How Should You Use It?

    An actor's job is to "feel on cue." We walk into an audition, say hello, then sit down to cry over our imaginary mother's death. Most actors would say we do this through emotional recall.