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    What Should Be On Every Actor's Demo Reel?

    "Your demo reel is your commercial. With it, you hope to convince the viewers that you, the featured product, are the one they should spend their money on. It needs to be fast, short, sweet, and to the point."

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    Weaving Your Web(site)

    Thanks to the Internet, a headshot and résumé don't have to be an actor's sole calling card anymore. A website can help you raise your visibility and spotlight your talent.

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    Capturing the Real You

    A headshot is like a logo, so be sure that the product can live up to the brand. Jeff Mitchell of Mitchell/Rudolph Casting in New York has a thing or two to say about actors' headshots.  

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    Political Play: Getting Ahead as an Actor

    Should represented actors—that is, those lucky enough to have an agent and/or manager—attend EPAs? Answer: Yes.

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    The Top 10 Apps for Actors

    With so many so delightfully useful apps around, it's a challenge to narrow them down to a top 10. The explosion in app popularity means your favorites are likely coming to your mobile device sooner rather than later.

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    What's on My Desk?

    Secret Agent Man reveals eight essential items on his desktop that are integral to his day-to-day operation or that play an important role in his identity.

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    10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Deciding to Become an Actor

    Building and maintaining an acting career is a daunting endeavor, especially in the early years. Here's a list of things I wish I had known before I decided to become an actor.

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    Richard Crandle... Got the Part

    Richard Crandle didn't even have a headshot when he decided to audition for "Hairspray's"  national tour. He had no formal dance training and had never been on a professional audition. But he put that aside to try for his dream role.

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    Five Inexpensive Ways to Help Your Acting Career

    You know the biggest expenses an actor has: classes, headshots, union dues, online casting services, and post cards and other marketing materials. So try the following inexpensive ways to move your career along.

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    Kristin Linklater's List of Vocal Dos and Don'ts

    "Know your voice—it's strong, it's sensitive, it's resilient, and it's you," says Kristin Linklater, founder of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, before launching into her lists of voice dos and don'ts.