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    How To Conquer Video Panic

    Does your heart skip a beat when you see that the casting notice requires video? Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. There’s a simple solution for you between now and when you finally collect enough terrific performance footage to put together a reel.

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    11 Pieces of an Actor’s Budget

    Actors frequently ask me, “How much money does it take to be an actor?” The short answer is every actor’s expenses will be different. However, use the list below as a guideline.

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    5 Ways To Stay Sharp When the Industry Slows Down

    There are some known stretches of industry downtime and some unexpected pockets where everything grinds to a sudden halt and leaves us wondering if we’ll ever work again. How we deal with those periods of inactivity is directly related to our ability to stay ahead of the game.

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    Why Actors Shouldn't Lie on Their Resumes

    When any of us create falsehoods, the damage done is not in the moment of "gotcha." No, it’s your self-esteem that suffers a near-fatal blow.

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    Don't Try So Hard To Act. Just Be.

    When you are at your best as an actor—whether it be in an audition or performance—what are you actually doing? If you’re doing it well, you’re showing up, listening, and responding. That’s it.

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    Stop Searching for Perfection and Live in the Now

    the sooner you make the realization that the “perfect” fill-in-the-blank (agent, role, etc.) doesn’t exist, not only will you be much happier, but ironically, you’ll find perfection in what is.

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    9 Counts of Kindness For Actors and Artists

    Actors, be kind to each other. You need each other’s support and sharing information and insight is not only kind of support you need. You need kindness—it’s a necessity to succeed in the long run.

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    10 Steps To Working as an Actor Outside NY and L.A.

    If you are frustrated living outside of a big city and want to make it in show biz, don’t fret. Here are some helpful tips to guide you.

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    4 Tips for Discovering and Promoting Your ‘It Factor’

    As a publicist, I encourage actors to take a moment and discover what their “it factor” is. It’s important because I’ve noticed actors gain a sense of confidence in rediscovering what sets them apart from the rest.

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    How Does the Casting Process Work?

    Many people have asked me lately, “How does the casting process work?” Actors are always curious about what goes on behind closed doors so here is my attempt to clarify the process for you.