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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.

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    3 Questions To Ask About Your Monologue

    I have only one big fat secret to make a monologue work. And it always worked for me. The secret is to ask some questions (and be really careful about how I answer).

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    Top 10 Worst Pieces of Advice for Networking

    Therapists often say that in order to face your fears, you need to deal with the worst case scenarios and the “what ifs?" So, here are the top 10 worst pieces of advice for networking.

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    5 Ways To Get An Agent

    Brian O'Neil shares five great tips for how to get representation.

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    The 5 Marketing Tools Every Actor Needs

    The good news is that marketing yourself has never been easier, cheaper, or more effective. The bad news is that if you’re lazy those things won’t make a bit of difference. So give yourself a pep talk, if necessary, and get crackin’. Here are the five essential parts ...

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    What to Look for in an Acting Teacher

    Picking the right teacher is essential for the student to get the most out of a class; Todd Thaler gives some advice.

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    3 Ways to Become a Lead Actor

    Booking a lead role in any project brings responsibility to the project itself and to the people in it—which essentially describes leadership.

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    Why Your Appearance Matters at Auditions

    I truly believe that everyone has a unique beauty. That being said, there are societal standards and realities for most on camera talent that you simply can’t ignore if you want to be in serious contention for the job!