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    New Year, New Start

    If you're taking the time to read this column this early in the year, then congratulations on your wisdom in wanting to be prepared.

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    Flappers Comedy Club Owners Share Their Training Secrets (Video)

    Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, owners of Flappers Comedy Club in Los Angeles, talk to Back Stage about their comedy training philosophy and how to teach someone to be funny.

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    How to Make an Editor Like You

    Be aware of what you are doing and how you are doing it from take to take and setup to setup. Often, great performances end up on the cutting room floor because actors didn't think.

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    Which Actor's Career Would You Most Like to Have?

    "I would love to have Robert Downey Jr.'s career. I can only imagine the ups and downs that he has had in his career." --Amore Leighton

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    A Healthy Harvest

    Ever since I started pursuing acting, there have always been nice and supportive people around me to whom I am very grateful. And who would have known that writing this column for Back Stage might end up landing me an acting job?

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    Making a Success of It

    The year is halfway over, and though I have added more experience to my acting résumé, I think the number of rejections we all face is a constant reminder of how stiff competition is in this industry.

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    Letter From the Editor

    It's that time of year when we get to pull our sweaters out of storage, leaves start to change colors—or at least fall off a few trees in L.A.—new TV series debut, and television production is back in action.

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    The Big Bill

    Hollywood's history is thick with legendary tales of hopeful young starlets and dashing young leading men packing up their meager belongings in their beat-up old suitcases and heading west to seek their fame and fortune in the movies.

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    Of All Your Performances, Which One Are You Most Proud Of?

    Two years ago, I did a Shakespeare play, "Pericles," for a small Shakespeare company in Seattle, with a director named Sheila Daniels. I played Thaisa, which is not a huge part, but from start to finish the production was one of the most collaborative.

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    Flash in the Pan, Unkindest Cut

    "I have a question that is too tough to ask of people in a position to hire me, so I beg for your help!"