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    Ria Erlich

    Some folks save their true passions for after retirement. Ria Erlich always knew deep inside that acting was her calling, but she kept putting it off in favor of a "real" job.

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    Shari Gulley

    When actor Shari Gulley spotted a Back Stage West casting notice this summer forI Hate My Friends, a play premiering at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, she knew she was ready for the challenge.

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    Gio Banuelos

    Gio Banuelos is proof that the right actor is more important than the right role. He knewSolitudewas a project he wanted to be involved in, so he submitted, even though he didn't fit any of the character descriptions in the breakdown.

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    Alex Querna

    Alex Querna was comfortable in front of the camera long before his first acting gig, having come to L.A. to work in sports television.

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    Candice Gordon…Got the Part

    After years of being a Back Stage subscriber, Candice Gordon was thrilled to land the lead role of Diane Harris in "What If?," an Off-Off-Broadway production at Manhattan's Chernuchin Theatre.

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    James Mcknight

    The nonunion feature filmBlake's Divine Comedytells the story of poet and artist William Blake, a self-doubting English teacher.

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    Alex Haven

    Alex Haven spent years developing a career as a musician, but deep down inside he always wanted to act.

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    Zack Gold

    As soon as he was called in to read for the role of Simey in John B. Keane's The Year of the Hiker last fall at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, Calif., a part he'd submitted for after seeing the casting notice on BackStage.com, Zack Gold got right ...

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    Jessica Blair

    When Jessica Blair saw the casting notice forCrimes of the Heartat the Santa Monica Playhouse, she knew the role of Lenny should be hers. Though Blair didn't physically fit what they had in mind, those casting the role were quickly convinced.

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    C. Stephen Foster

    There are few actors who can cross gender lines and effectively play male and female roles. With his soft Southern lilt and his 5-foot frame, C. Stephen Foster has always been in touch with his masculine and feminine sides on stage.