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    Why Auditioning Is Not Acting

    I truly believe auditioning is a separate animal from acting. Acting is what you get to do once you get the part. Auditioning is something else entirely.

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    4 House Rules for Auditions and Bookings

    It’s been my experience that the people who live easily by these tenants work often and seem to be the ones bringing the most to the creative table.

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    6 Real Auditions Gone Horribly Wrong

    Casting Director Lana Veenker reveals disastrous actor choices in the audition room…and what to do instead.

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    Count Your Blessings This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is classically a time of high and low emotions. If things in your life and/or career are challenging right now, then perhaps this can be a time to make some internal changes that will resonate in a very positive way.

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    The 5 Acts of Your Audition

    Every actor has a story to tell, and when you walk into the audition room, you need to be prepared to tell it.

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    How To Find Inspiration

    The reason we often don’t experience greater moments of inspiration and creativity in our own work is that we quit at the “frustration” phase, not knowing that this stage is an important part of our creative development.

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    How To Solve The Casting Director's Problem

    Everyone is full of fear. Casting directors definitely are on a treadmill with little time, a lot of nerves and anxiety trying to please their boss: the producer, client, or network. Be the solution.

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    Why Observation Is Crucial to Acting

    When you are on the subway in the morning, take a moment and look at the people around you. Chose one in your mind and try to really observe him or her. What is this person like?

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    How To Handle Rejection

    Rejection is a big topic for actors. You may feel rejected each time you audition for a role and do not get the part. You may take this personally, and call this “rejection.”

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    Why and How To Keep an Audition Notebook

    Here’s a very simple suggestion for how take good care of yourself after an audition: Keep a notebook just for your auditions. Have it with you at the audition, and when it’s over, find a quiet place to reflect on and examine the experience you just had.