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    Coming to a Smartphone Near You

    Today, f you don't have an app, you're committing the sin of ignoring customers who have embraced apps like a previous generation embraced the Hula-Hoop.

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    Theatrically Inclined

    Over the course of her career, Studio City, Calif.–based casting director Beth Holmes has been tasked with tracking down a 75-year-old diver, a bona fide bullfighter, and "a 5-foot-tall wrestler of Latino heritage."

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    Shauna Rose Davis

    When director Adam Christian Clark was looking to cast the part of a 22-year-old intern who was "sexy in a 1940s kind of way," none of the actors he saw fit the bill. That was until he came across 13-year-old Shauna Rose Davis' headshot.

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    A Kick to the Head

    I seem destined to be that actor that gets pummeled, kicked, and bruised every time I try to do a stunt. But why?  "Was I doing something wrong?" I asked.

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    David Rockwell on Curiosity and 13,000-Pound Trains

    The award-winning architect and set designer was recently nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for both “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”

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    Giselle of the Golden West?

    Has a band of Wilis invaded the western United States? Why is it that five ballet companies in cities west of the Mississippi are mounting productions of "Giselle" in 2011?

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    Giselle Vazquez… Got the Part

    When a casting alert informed her that "Something Outrageous," an evening of sketch comedy, would be produced in New York, she responded, despite not having a comedy background.

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    Pretending It's Chocolate

    I don't have 'showmances' as a rule. Getting involved with your romantic opposite is not only messy, it is a breach of a professional relationship—one which inevitably interferes with your performance.

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    Finding the Perfect Fit in the Commercial World

    With more than 3,000 commercials under her belt, Los Angeles casting director Megan Foley has populated TV spots for clients ranging from Budweiser to American Express.

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    How To Guide: Do It Yourself

    Back Stage's guide to all the ways you can take the reigns, from setting up your own theater company, to obtaining work visas, to paying quarterly taxes.