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    Kristopher Kling

    Even though actor Kristopher Kling signed with an agent shortly after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, he adamantly refused to sit around waiting for the phone to ring. "That's why I subscribed to Back Stage," says Kling, "to be more proactive."

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    Into the Words

    In the beginning, there is the playwright. Then there is you. When the playwright and you, the actor, merge, when the playwright's words and your innermost self—your memories and thoughts and feelings—connect, the result is what we call a "character." Script analysis is a useful first step ...

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    Price Line, Screen Door

    My goal is to make a living as an actor. Would it make sense to just make the decision that I will no longer work for free?

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    Um, Can I Say Something Here?

    New work, workshops, and premieres happen all the time in the real world, and when you're cast in one, you often have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on the script.

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    AA Meeting, Extra Help

    I took a commercial class and got called in by a very big, well-respected agency. It's been three weeks since then and I haven't heard from them at all. I sent thank-you cards right after our meeting, but what do I do now?

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    From Better to Curse

    Nancy Raffa, currently ballet mistress for American Ballet Theatre, is appearing onstage in "The Sleeping Beauty." She is the witch, Carabosse, who curses Aurora with the prediction that as a teen, she will prick her finger and die.

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    Maryland Meltdown, Wardrobe Worry

    What advice can you give a 30-something mother from Maryland who has spent half her life dreaming of working as an actress in New York?

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    What Do You Know Now That You Didn't Know When You Started Casting?

    "In voiceover casting, I have learned that the actors who take a risk and fully commit to what they're doing usually get the part."

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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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    Do You Believe in Having a Plan B?

    "My only plan: Never give up the dream. Make it happen!"  —Gina Stahlnecker