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    Jesse Bernath

    Originally a musical theater performer, Jesse Bernath successfully transitioned into plays when he auditioned for 'Liars' after seeing a casting notice in Back Stage.

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    How Would You Vote on SAG's TV-Film Contract?

    "You can vote yes on this deal if it’s okay with you that Warner Bros., Paramount, NBC Universal, ABC Disney, Sony, and MGM are all free to make Internet and made-for-new-media TV shows nonunion." -- Martin Sheen

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    Thought Control

    Recently I found myself thinking about…well, about thinking. What should or shouldn't be in your mind when you're acting? How do you control your thoughts? How do you not think about a pink elephant?

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    Referral Riddle, Contact Conundrum

    The director and I got along really well. I could tell he was sincere when he said, "If you ever need a referral, let me know." How do I use this offer to my advantage?

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    Character Dance

    Have you ever fantasized about being an animated cartoon character? Or perhaps you're just looking for a new outlet for your dance skills. If so, you may want to think about motion capture.

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    Audition Confidence

    "That's why I'm here," said my friend, laughing, as he scanned the lobby crammed with dozens of actors all vying for the same role in a Snuggles commercial. "I'm working out my family issues every time I audition."

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    How Important Is Typing for an Actor? 

    When you know who you are and how other people see you, it transcends the nuts and bolts of acting technique and becomes about the true you.

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    Diva Development

    If you saw Donizetti's La Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera this season, you witnessed Carrie-Ann Matheson being hauled from the prompter's box during the fracas that ends the first act.

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    Gig List, Direct Marketing

    Could you give me examples of jobs for actors and singers in the theater business but not as a performer—a reader, teaching, voiceovers, extras, etc.—and the best ways of finding these jobs.

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    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    I'm constantly meeting actors who spend every free moment they have seeking representation but never find any. They're regulars at casting workshops but never get called in. Why is that?