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    A Cautionary Tale

    "I can't think of another profession where what they teach you in school is so completely different from what you have to do in the professional world," says Stephen Tobolowsky.

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    Received Wisdom

    Whether you've taken a few commercial classes or graduated from Juilliard, plenty of lessons probably weren't in your curriculum. I asked a few actor friends to expound on the subject.

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    Um, Can I Say Something Here?

    New work, workshops, and premieres happen all the time in the real world, and when you're cast in one, you often have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on the script.

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    Thoughts from Acting School Alums and Working Actors

    "Starting your own company and producing your own plays in a major market is a viable alternative to sitting in a theater lobby all day, waiting for someone to give you a shot."

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    Experts Share Their Wisdom

    Whether it's how to handle your finances or how to handle a casting director, the real world presents the working actor with an endless series of challenges.

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    A Sense of Entitlement

    When graduation day arrived, I had a sense of entitlement that cannot be measured; I was ready to take Hollywood by storm. It took me less than six months to realize I knew nothing.

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    Bonnie Piesse... Got the Part

    Before she was 20 years old, Bonnie Piesse was cast in Episodes 2 and 3 of the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy as Beru, the Tatooine farmer's wife who adopts Luke Skywalker as a baby.

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    Getting an Extension

    There continues to be the perception that getting an extension allows you to put off both filing your tax return and paying your taxes until the extension deadline of Oct. 15. It's not so.

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    What Acting Teacher Inspired You?

    Sande Shurin—who wasn't my first teacher but was the first teacher who made me deal with me—stopped me in my tracks. I learned how to become present in a way I had never experienced.

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    All Sizes, All Types, All Ethnicities

    Do you feel that your height, size, ethnicity, or idiosyncratic dancing style may be preventing you from having a successful dance career? Roberto Villanueva is seeking you.