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    Changing It Up

    At commercial auditions, it's common to be asked to read a part several times.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready to switch it up on your own when given the opportunity to read again.

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    Acting Is Action

    How does one go about finding the action? To begin with, you must discover the objective. This is the overarching need of the character: What does he or she want in the play?

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    Don't Cross the Line Online

    If you have a website, make sure you have something on it. There's nothing more annoying than going to a website and it says "Coming soon."

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    Union Provisions, Name Decisions

    "The big question: Do I de-ethnicize my name in favor of a more Anglicized/American moniker? If I don't, I might risk being pigeonholed into ethnic parts."

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    Three of a Kind

    When I speak on a panel, actors always ask me the same question: Where do you find your clients? I smile because I know what they're really asking: What did someone else do right, so I can do it too?

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    Can a Musical Theater Actor Learn from a Non–Musical Theater Coach?

    "I have witnessed some extraordinary musical theater acting, and I have found that almost every musical theater actor I have taught comes into my studio in some variation of the same rut: They overact."

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    New York Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following is a list of New York–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.

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    The Casting Couch: Real and Virtual Foreplay

    A reader recently reached out to me asking for guidance on a taboo subject. What is it? The casting couch. The practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer.

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    Helpful Links

    Please see our list of helpful links.  If you would like to suggest a link for this page, please send an email to backstage@backstage.com.  Include "Helpful Links" in the subject line.  

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    TV Network and Cable Casting Departments

    Listed below are the studios and offices for network and cable television.