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    Blurring the Line Between Onstage and Off

    Burned out after a decade waiting tables, and thinking my playwriting career had peaked, I was finally determined to get a "real" job. Then I checked my voice mail.

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    Tara Henderson

    After submitting to a casting notice she saw in Back Stage, Tara Henderson auditioned and was one of five people cast—out of approximately 700 submissions and 250 auditioning performers.

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    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?

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    In Appreciation of the Actor

    "When writing a play, I find it helpful to imagine specific actors in the roles."

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    A Pioneer in Representing Dancers

    "I had a really bad knee injury and basically had to reinvent my life," explains Julie McDonald of McDonald/Selznick Associates, a talent agency that specializes in dancers and choreographers.

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    Permission to Laugh Again

    Ten years ago, "Saturday Night Live" gave a grieving America permission to laugh again. Certainly, no sane person could find humor in the horror that was Sept. 11, 2001.

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    Richard Crandle... Got the Part

    Richard Crandle didn't even have a headshot when he decided to audition for "Hairspray's"  national tour. He had no formal dance training and had never been on a professional audition. But he put that aside to try for his dream role.

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    Small-Screen Selector

    Over the years, John Frank Levey has amassed an impressive array of Emmy and Artios awards for his work on such groundbreaking shows as "ER" and "The West Wing."

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    Have a Merry Christmas

    As the year winds down, I want all of you to hit the brakes on your acting careers. Trust me. Show business will still be here after Dick Clark rings in the new year. Christmas isn't about headshots and a new demo reel.

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    Look Like Someone Famous?

    "That's a tough one. [In] the casting director game, it's half this and half that. There are situations where it could help." -- John Papsidera