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    Advice to the Adviser

    I have an actor friend who I met at a day job a couple years back. This guy is pretty inexperienced and it shows, but he is a really good guy, and I honestly think he's genuinely talented.

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    Prep School

    The fall season is about what's far more important for aspiring actors to focus on if the goal of a career on the stage is to be achieved — a solid, well-rounded education.

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    Add Rep, Stock Options, Act Now

    My 6-year-old daughter gets plenty of commercial auditions, but not a lot of TV/film. Is it because well-known casting directors don't use breakdowns and go straight to the big agents?

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    Choreographing a Career

    “Most of the performances of my choreography come about because I’m doing work that crosses the path of someone who then invites me to become involved in a project with them."

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    The Secrets of Casting

    Why, if you think you've done a good audition, might you not be chosen? It's so hard to stomach that, when you've put yourself on the line.

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    Out, Out, Damned Spot; Study Stall

    Is there any resource to find out if a commercial is playing and which shows run which ads? Also, is there an appropriate way to contact the production company to get a copy for my reel?

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    Green in WeHo

    My cell phone rang. Well... it could be important, I thought.  As unknown numbers usually do, the caller lived up to the unexpected. It was a manager asking to meet me.

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    Rep Meeting, Round One

    Yes, I received an audition simply because of Twitter. So, as an actor, if you're not on there, what are you waiting for?

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    Just Say 'NO'

    An actor new to Hollywood can often greatly benefit from a can-do attitude—a willingness to do what is asked of you. However, knowing when to sport a "cannot do" attitude may help even more. Need examples? Read on.

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    They're Just Neil and Oliver to Her

    Over the course of her two-decade career, Los Angeles–based casting director Heidi Levitt has worked with everyone from blockbuster king Michael Bay ("The Rock") to indie darlings like Wim Wenders ("Don't Come Knocking").