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    Commitment Issues

    It's risky to burn bridges, even when you know it's necessary. But I knew I had to follow my instincts. It was never that school I had chosen to commit to—it was acting.

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    Banking on Voicebank

    He's never actually stepped into the voiceover booth, but Stewart Wilson-Turner, vice president and chief technology officer of Voicebank.net claims to shave the speed bumps between performers and producers.

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    Circus Dreams

    It's such a clichéd fantasy—running away and joining the circus. But if you're a highly expressive dancer with a creative bent and an interest in long-term employment, you may want to seriously consider it.

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    Standing Up to My Nerves

    Once I began acting, I had an affinity toward comedic roles. But stand-up comedy? That remained in an entirely too frightening league of its own.

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    Leave the Agony Behind

    "Think of your pet dog having a thousand needles stuck into him over his entire body. Think of his pain. Now, while in this state, do your monologue for me." I don’t ever want to think of those images, especially before shooting a scene.

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    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"

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    Booking Ratios

    Our lives are ruled by numbers. New television shows live and die based on ratings. And actors are often judged by their booking ratio.

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    All the Right Moves

    Back Stage recently spoke with three successful dance pros, who explain what it takes—besides dance ability—to make it as a professional in Los Angeles, on the ballet stage, and as a Rockette.

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    What Acting Skills Do You Want To See in Your Dancers?

    "You can have all the technique in the world, but if you're just a robot and you aren't connecting with the reasons or the emotions of the piece, then you're really not connecting with your audience."

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    There's No Business Like... Paying to Meet Agents

    Someone thought it would be great if actors could meet agents and managers without having an "in"—a referral of some kind. Now, they are as commonplace as insurance commercials.