Career Dispatches

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    Sites and Sticking Points

    "I've decided that patience is just a waste of effort. Don't get me wrong: Building a career takes plenty of time and faith. But the energy I've put into this Zen-like calm could be much better spent." - KC Wright

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    A Reflective August

    "I recently was asked to audition for a feature film that called for a fearless actor to play a naked old woman in the woods eating babies." - Deborah Strang, Los Angeles

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    The Busy Smell of Success

    What defines a successful actor? Having roles offered without needing to audition? Being labeled "A-list" in the tabloids? Winning an industry award?

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    A Fresh Take (5)

    "September through December is a very busy time in our profession. This is my second full season on NBC's "30 Rock." -- Richard Rella

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    Reflection, Revival, and Renewal…and a Wedding Singer

    After staying with my agents for a little over a year, I got news from them informing me that they were planning to leave the business and close down the agency in a few months due to personal reasons. --Derek Lui

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    Waiting, Wondering,Wrapping

    Booking one's first SAG job is an exhilarating experience. Last month, I booked my first national commercial and became SAG-eligible

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    Powerful Influences, Decisions, and Memories

    "Sometimes, the most powerful word in an actor's toolbox is the simple word 'no.'"

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    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    I imagined my column would follow the ups and downs of my life as a young performer in New York City; instead, it followed the joys and challenges of my life as a full-time college student and actor from New Jersey.

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    Not Waitin' on the World to Change

    Taking that leap of faith to pursue acting more seriously last year was not nearly as life-changing as the decision I made a few days ago: I quit my desk job.

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    A Healthy Harvest

    Ever since I started pursuing acting, there have always been nice and supportive people around me to whom I am very grateful. And who would have known that writing this column for Back Stage might end up landing me an acting job?