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    How to Choose an Outfit for Your Audition

    In order to decide what you should wear to an audition, it is important to understand the terminology casting directors use to describe the designated audition wardrobe.

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    Don’t Get Placed in the ‘Why?’ Pile

    During a casting session, pictures go in one of three piles: the “yes,” the “no,” and the “maybe” piles. However, there is another “pile” that isn’t physical, but mental, and that is the “why” pile.

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    How to Think Beyond Your ‘Brand’

    In my twenty-five years as a career coach and marketing instructor for performing artists, I have been working in-depth in this very specific area long before “brand” became the buzzword in the corporate, and now artistic, world.

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    3 Steps to a Successful Agent Interview

    OK, so you finally get that call from the boutique agency on your wish list asking you to come in for an interview with your dream agent. Don't blow it! Be prepared! Here are three things to remember for the interview.

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    12 Steps to Surviving Open Casting Calls for Parents

    While we rarely conduct open calls, sometimes clients request them for specific reasons. And so it was that several hundred babies, kids, and toddlers recently tottered through our doors over the course of a long Saturday.

  • Advice

    Don't Audition. Showcase.

    Why do I call it a "showcase" instead of an "audition"? Because this is your time to shine! This is what you moved to L.A. for!

  • Advice

    Find the Love In Your Scene

    One of the biggest criticisms I have, especially with teenage actors, is that they are missing the love in their scene. It is easy to be nasty and bitchy, but if they can’t find even an ounce of love, they are unlikeable.

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    Push Through Your Fear Like an A-Lister

    Like everything in acting, the things we most need to develop are the areas that have their own corresponding equivalent in our own personal lives.

  • Advice

    Which Casting Directors Know Your Work?

    Actors often ask me to help them prepare for an interview with an agent. I tell them the following: If there is interest in you, the most commonly pursued line of questioning on the agent’s part will be, “Which casting directors know your work?”

  • Advice

    3 Tips For Doing Interactive Theater

    I've met a lot of people who are scared to go to this type of performance. Little do they know, most of the actors are just as scared of it. If you are one of those actors, you shouldn’t be. Instead, here is what you should do.