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    The Big Renegotiation

    Charles de Gaulle said, "Treaties are like roses and young girls; they last while they last." The same can be said of entertainment contracts.

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    No Excuses That You Know

    There are times when an excuse might get you out of a sticky situation. However, in the audition room, 'fessing up to mistakes might be your best bet. Here are some such blunders and ideas on how to handle them.

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    Turn the Beat Around 

    The adage "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression" is undoubtedly true. But although second impressions may not eradicate a lousy first one, they can go a long way in the art of damage control.

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    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    What happens when actors fall ill the day of their audition? Should they call their agents or the casting office and try to reschedule or just put on their best healthy face and go anyway?

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    Speaking Up

    You're on set, putting in your best, when you notice that something isn't right. When you suspect you're being treated out of accordance with your contract, how can you speak up?

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    'Can I Start Over?'

    Picture it: You're in the midst of a stellar audition. Then the unthinkable happens: You flub a line. What to do next?

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    Lobby, No Heroes

    Although actor sabotage doesn't seem to be the norm, it happens, and it can be jarring. How can serious actors stay on their game while minimizing distractions around them?

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    Accents at Auditions: Use 'Em or Lose 'Em?

    A reader inquired: "Paul, how important is it to use an accent at auditions?" In several audition scenarios I can foresee the utilization or avoidance of an accent.

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    Location Management

    "I'm a recent college graduate planning to move to New York to pursue my acting career. I've visited a few times, but I can't figure out how to find an apartment. Should I just move to New Jersey and commute?"

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    Tough Calls

    So there's no doubt about it: Computers rock. But you know what? I still love my phone.