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    The Secret About Demo Reels That Nobody Told You

    The secret about demo reels. The SECRET. It just evokes an air of mystery, doesn’t it? But a secret is just a piece of information that YOU don’t know yet. So I’m gonna just spill it. And then you’ll know it and that will be that.

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    5 New Year's Intentions for Actors

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. They never worked for me and I think the reason was that they always seemed a bit selfish, like I was asking the world for favors.

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    The Secret to Guaranteed Success

    A most cherished holiday tradition has formed among my friends—my inner circle, my Mastermind group—in which we come together to talk about the year that has past and the year yet to come.

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    How To Make Your Inner Journey Inform the Outer

    For many of us, we’ve never been taught to identify with an inner journey. So we seek continuously outwardly. Partly this is due to our living in a culture that only measures results by the things we achieve and the amount of money we make.

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    Are You Committed to an Acting Career?

    So I suggested that if she wasn’t dedicated enough to do all she could to improve that, maybe she might want to think about finding a career she would feel more passionate about and that she would be happy to do all that was required to excel.

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    4 Things That Make Kids Stand Out To an Agent

    I often get asked what I look for in a child that makes me want to represent them. While that is a hard question to answer, and most youth agents will say they “just had a feeling,” there is a deeper explanation.

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    What To Do Before You Get An Agent

    The common myth floating around out there for actors is that as soon as you finish your training, you need an agent. And the next step is that he/she will get you auditions for all those yummy, high-paying starring roles in films, Broadway shows, and primetime TV series.

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    Best Of Backstage Experts: Child Actors and Agents

    Our Backstage Experts have advice for the best ways for parents to work with their child's agent so that everyone is happy!

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    10 Ways for Actors to Survive the Holidays

    Make the most of the holiday season and new year. If you stay in touch with your inner life, celebrate in moderation, are accepting of others, and connect with generosity, you'll survive anything that the holidays can throw at you.

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    Give Yourself Permission To Be Present in Auditions

    Here we are at the end of another year of creative process – a year of wins and losses, of joys and near misses, and real disappointments. And, here we are approaching the new year and NEW opportunity as we prepare to enter 2013.