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    Me, the Porn King, and Improv for Beginners

    I grew up fairly sheltered, in a pleasant little tree-lined Pennsylvania suburb.  I was a sweet, stereotypically diligent student. So I never actually imagined I'd be working with people in porn.

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    Ashley King... Got The Part!

    Ashley King didn't have to search far for inspiration to play middle-school teacher Ms. Peterson, an endearingly spacey earth mother whose classroom is full of bullies, problem children, and one devilish little girl.

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    Money and Moments

    "I spend a lot of time coming up with detailed pasts for the characters I play, but I don't really get how to use a moment before. Any tips for making this work?"

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    Collaborating Across Cultures

    South African choreographer Theo Ndindwa teams up with New York's Steps Repertory Ensemble.

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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.