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    Buh-Bye, 2010

    When shut off from all sensory input, your brain will reshuffle events into a new order, grouping together moments that share a common quality. This is a good thing because it gives you the opportunity to examine how you spent your time over the last 12 months.

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    I Love to Laugh

    Adding laughter is one of the best things an actor can do to take a performance from safe to spectacular.

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    Does Being on a Reality TV Show Hurt or Help Aspiring Actors?

    "Yes, Hollywood loves personalities, but unless I have a gun to my head, I would be hard-pressed to hire anyone who's appeared on 'Laguna Beach' or 'The Hills.'"

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    60 Seconds to Impress

    Regional combined auditions are a way for actors—particularly the young and inexperienced—to be seen by an array of theaters and other producing organizations at once. Not all combined auditions are alike, however.

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    Rethink Your Resolutions

    Let's face it: No one really keeps their New Year's resolutions. I know I haven't. Admitting so allowed me to finally start accomplishing my goals. You can do it too. Here's how.

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    Name That Tune

    "I Am What I Am" and "I've Gotta Be Me" are two song titles that should be mantras for every actor when it comes to headshots. Your photos should look just like you on a really good day.

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    Ed Stelz... Got the Part!

    After Ed Stelz graduated last year from the Atlantic Theater Company's conservatory program, he found himself in the difficult role of what he calls "a nobody seeking auditions."

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    Have a Merry Christmas

    As the year winds down, I want all of you to hit the brakes on your acting careers. Trust me. Show business will still be here after Dick Clark rings in the new year. Christmas isn't about headshots and a new demo reel.

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    No Class, Parental Partners

    I'm 12 years old and just starting out. I don't think I should submit myself to any agents, because I need more experience. But again, I can't find any casting calls to gain experience. How do I break out of this annoying cycle?

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    Keeping It Real and Unique

    Veteran casting director Erica Palgon says it's important to show what makes you special during auditions, and uniqueness is the key to getting cast.