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    Why Are You a Casting Director?

    "My whole reason for being, practically almost my mission in life, is to get the actor to the next level. They would make it there without me, but to be able to help push it through a little sooner."

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    The Commish

    Part of my job is knowing all the different ways an actor can get paid on a project, but most actors have no idea how I make a living.

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    No Bells and Whistles

    Marc Hirschfeld, who heads Marc Hirschfeld Casting, knew from an early age that he wanted to do something in the industry, without knowing precisely what it would be.

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    Keep It Simple, Stupid

    Starting with the slate, keep it straightforward and simple. That's the advice of Kevin Smith of Backyard Productions in Venice, Calif., about commercial callbacks.

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    To Flirt or Not to Flirt

    Everyone flirts differently. That's the first thing you need to know if you choose the action "to flirt," whether in an audition scene or a performance.

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    Actors Pretending to Be Real People Pretending Not to Be Actors

    Thirty-one. That's the number of breakdowns via Breakdown Services released to talent agents in the past twelve months for reality programming seeking actors as 'real' people.

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    El Pasado and Present

    But there's something else.  Yes, he's a beautiful man, but he has another quality that I'm starting to notice. He swims like no one's watching. Like he's the only one out there.

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    Bill Oberst Jr... Got the Part!

    "I'm terrifying," Bill Oberst Jr. says. "I had no idea I was terrifying before I came out here, but I am."

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    In Defense of 'Workshops'

    "Can you honestly tell me there's any other way other than workshops to get in front of major casting directors or casting associates for one-on-one face time, guaranteed?"

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    Scout's Honor

    "Be prepared. You've heard it a million times, but it still slays me that actors think it's okay to walk in unprepared."