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    The Great Pitching Contest, Part Deux

    I've been going over the rejects from last week's contest, and a lot of you don't know how to express yourselves. This shocks me, because language is one of your most important tools.

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    The A-List, Credit Problems

    The ethical dilemma with pay-to-meet "workshops" is that actors are being charged by potential employers or business partners for meetings. It's like bribery.

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    Combining the Art and Biz of Acting

    The art and the business of acting are often at odds; in order to get work, or even agent representation, one must learn to "sell oneself"—that is, represent oneself as a business.

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    Marci Liroff on the Life of a Casting Director

    In a new Q&A series on her Facebook page called "Inside the World of Casting," Hollywood casting director Marci Liroff is currently answering questions from a college student.

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    Head Case: Actors Acting Against Their Best Interests

    To borrow and mangle-by-paraphrase Arthur Miller: Their craniums are living thoughts of quiet desperation with destructive speculations ricocheting off one another.

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    (Hooray for?) Hollywood on Strike!

    In 2007, the WGA  went on strike over new media. The strike was settled, but then the SAG spiraled out of control, unwilling to accept the same terms the writers had but unable to muster a second strike.

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    Readers' Comments

    In response to our April 14 news item headlined "Two Soap Opera Staples Canceled," here is a sampling of reader comments.

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    Giselle Vazquez… Got the Part

    When a casting alert informed her that "Something Outrageous," an evening of sketch comedy, would be produced in New York, she responded, despite not having a comedy background.

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    How to Network a Film Festival

    For the aspiring actor, the film and TV business can appear to be an impersonal bureaucracy. But film festivals offer a possible respite from the industry's oppressive hierarchy.

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    Auditioning Ado, SAG Redo

    I've been called in to audition for a movie. They've given me the circumstances—pretty well defined—but no dialogue. Any tips for how to prepare?