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    Theatrical Technique

    In a scene-study class, you cogitate on the moment before, what happens after, and, above all, your objective. Rarely do we discuss these techniques for commercials. Why not?

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    What's Needed for Success?

    Actors almost always develop their acting technique while often neglecting their business technique: audition personality, updated résumé and pictures, post cards, and punctuality.

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    Watch and Learn

    If you ask most people if they know who John Cazale is, chances are they'll scratch their heads. But show them a picture from the "Godfather" saga, and they'll likely reply, "Oh, you mean Fredo."

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    VIDEO: Casting Director Marci Liroff on Headshots

    Back Stage's Jessica Gardner recently caught up with casting director Marci Liroff at the SAG Foundation, asked her what makes a great headshot. Her answers may surprise you.

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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

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    Voice 10, Acting…10

    The ability to suspend disbelief has always been the operagoer's stock-in-trade. You have to be able to squint just right to imagine that the 40-something soprano who could best you at arm wrestling is a callow, put-upon waif.

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    Yikes!

    When you hear that an actor is burned out, it usually means he's been working on a successful series for way too many seasons and is physically and mentally exhausted.

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    Disney Dilemma, Forgoing Feedback

    I would love to work on a Disney show. And I'm sure my 4-year-old would love it too. Though I live in New York, I would do whatever it took to go to California for work as well. Can you suggest someone I can email my info to?

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    Cabaret Classroom

    The point—as Sutton Foster and Nora York promote it to their students—is that cabaret is a venue where the voice is only a part of the entertainment equation.

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    Whom to Recommend Plastic Surgery For?

    "I have no problem with plastic surgery—you can have remarkable results. But if you are under 24, turn the page. I think you are too young." -- Lynda Bensky