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    Are Actors Swayed by Other Performers?

    When playing a classical or other oft-performed role, to what degree do actors find themselves influenced—intentionally or unintentionally—by the performances of others?

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    Choreographers Discuss Music and Dance

    To effectively perform a piece of choreography, a dancer needs to master not only its physical aspects but also its musicality.

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    How Can Actors Help Their Managers do Their Job?

    I wish every client asked this question. Representing actors is a team effort, and actors who simply sit by the phone waiting for it to ring are not going to succeed.

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    Graceful Goodbyes

    I have been taking acting and vocal classes with the same instructor for about a year, but now I want to do vocals with him and study with another instructor for acting.

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    Splish Splash

    The first thing you need to know about soap operas is that no one in the industry calls them soap operas. We call them soaps. And they're a great way to kick-start your career.

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    Going Mic-less

    Under theater conditions, the unenhanced power of the human voice has been severely challenged since, well, probably 1964, when Carol Channing was amplified in "Hello, Dolly!"

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    Keeping a Long-Running Show Fresh

    If a regular rehearsal doesn't work, then I have the actors do an improv but don't allow them to use any of the show's lines. As a result, they remember the show's purpose.

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    Intaxication

    Obviously, all taxpayers are looking for a refund, and all too frequently they are willing to be creative to get one. Here are some cautionary tales from years of experience.

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    Is It Time for a Tablet?

    Whenever some shiny new tech gadget gets released, I involuntarily covet it.  But do I really need it? Are they worth the money? Can you deduct the expense? At least part of it, for sure.

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    Tony Gracia... Got the Part

    Persistence, determination, and resourcefulness paid off for Tony Gracia with a leading role. He plays the zombie hunter in the independent film "Scream, Zombie, Scream."