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    4 Acting Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'

    I don't know of anyone in the last several decades who hasn't heard of the "The Wizard of Oz," that wonderful musical journey down the yellow brick road with a teenage Judy Garland singing her heart out. Besides being entertaining, it teaches us four valuable themes about life.

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    How To Translate Lyrics and Connect to a Song

    When we don't translate our lyrics, we are singing or speaking in a different "tongue" – not ours but rather that of our lyricist or playwright.

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    What 8 Year-old Girls Can Teach Us About Acting

    We can be so focused on getting the industry to pay attention to us and validate us that we ignore our own voice.

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    Why Your Shoes Are Important In an Audition

    I’m going to give you the secret to really feeling your character when you’re on stage, on a set, or in an audition. It’s so simple you’ll kick yourself that you didn’t think of it. Shoes. Yes, shoes!

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    How To Get to the Root of the Problem in Your Auditions

    I was talking to a psychologist friend of mine and asked him what the biggest reason is for people to seek therapy. He said it was people not wanting to make the same mistakes over and over in their lives.

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    4 Secrets to Voiceover Acting

    Not a week goes by when an actor-friend doesn't ask me about how to break into voiceovers. So when I sat down with Andy Roth for his episode of "Actor's Next Level," I knew I had to get all his secrets!

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    3 Reasons a Theater Degree is Important

    We need a new and more effective way of talking about the value and power of a degree in the performing arts. Here are three reasons why a degree in theater is important.

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    3 Improv Tips for Non-Improvisers

    I often get the chance to use improv in on-camera auditions, and it seems just as often, I’m auditioning with people who have never taken a single improv class. So here are three quick tips for you non-improv actors.

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    Take Action and Don’t Worry About the Outcome

    “Take action” should be a guiding rule in all of our lives. We all have good ideas now and then, and we all have second-guessed them when it comes time for us to actually do something about them.

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    How Actors Really Get Into Character

    The journalist and sociology researcher, Malcolm Gladwell, does a lot of interesting stuff. His best-selling books explore cultural phenomena, the science behind social shifts, and how our environment shapes and influences us in innumerable ways.