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    Why Casting the 'Old-Fashioned' Way Is Important

    I often feel hemmed in by the business of having to package films with star talent and completely bypass the casting process to get films made. Too rarely do we get the opportunity to open the casting process up like we did and truly dig deep to find the best ...

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    How To Create Your Hosting Reel

    To make a great hosting reel, you don't need many of the things that make showing your acting talent so difficult to do.

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    Why Learning Acceptance Is Important as an Actor

    We are a culture obsessed with self-improvement. It seems every time we turn around we are being told that there is something else about us that needs to be changed – our weight, our clothes, our attitudes, even our eyelashes!

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    3 Reasons You Need a Professional Bio

    As an actor, your calling card is your headshot and resume. To get an audition, you need a sizzle reel, preferably on your website. So why do you need a bio? Here are three reasons.

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    Why Acting Is Not a Work-In-Progress

    Each scene presented at anytime must be a committed work, woven with all your vulnerability, doubts, thoughts, and intention.

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    Why Your Exit is Just as Important as Your Entrance

    In the business of acting, we usually talk about making an entrance. There’s a focus on how you enter rooms, start scenes, and begin working with people. Yet a very important factor in the unfolding of your life and career is how you exit.

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    6 Red Flags When Auditing Acting Classes

    I encourage all actors to audit classes when shopping for a new teacher. It’s a lot like dating. When looking for a new acting teacher, you’re looking for a new partner (just not a romantic one).

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    How to Book Work Now!

    This is not an easy time of year. For everyone. And because it's not easy, actors want answers. They want to know how to crack this code, to make it less painful, less traumatic, less ulcer-inducing.

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    12 Ways To Be a Proactive Actor

    Often you hear, he’s a great actor, but wow why is he/she so bitter? They must be having a bad day. You never want anyone to say that to about you!

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    Why Actors Misinform Other Actors: Ignorance or Deceit?

    Never—until I jumped the casting table from actor to director, casting director, and teacher—had I realized how much inept, incorrect, assumed information about the entertainment business and how-to-be-an-actor is spread by incompetent, misinformed actors themselves.