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    How YouTube Launched Our Talent Showcase

    The idea for “Carner & Gregor’s Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza” series was hatched when Derek and I started discovering video performances of our songs on Youtube—many by talented college students from around the country and world.

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    Balancing Motherhood, Marriage, and Acting and Enjoying It

    Actor, writer, teacher and mompreneur Cynthia Silver discusses the genesis for her hit one-woman show, "Bridezilla Strikes Back!"

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    Commitment Issues

    It's risky to burn bridges, even when you know it's necessary. But I knew I had to follow my instincts. It was never that school I had chosen to commit to—it was acting.

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    Just Say No

    An actor knows he can count on one sure way to land the audition of a lifetime—simply make plans for a much-needed, much-anticipated, much-looked-forward-to-and-carefully-planned trip.

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    The Interview

    I swore I would never wait tables again, but here I am—applying at one of L.A.'s finest Italian restaurants. I've come to terms with the fact that I need to make money. Instead of acting.

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    Casting Myself

    I was willing to make one last big effort, and go out with a bang, so to speak. Making a feature film could be just that: One that I wrote and in which I appeared as the lead.

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    Salt in My Eyes

    "You remember John, don't you?" Of course I did. How could I forget the man my grandmother referred to as "salt of the earth," who had been my uncle's best friend for 40 years—and who was now a successful Hollywood producer.

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    A Kick to the Head

    I seem destined to be that actor that gets pummeled, kicked, and bruised every time I try to do a stunt. But why?  "Was I doing something wrong?" I asked.

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    Recording Show Tunes With Broadway Royalty

    In his new book, “Album Produced By…More of My Rollercoaster Life,” Bruce Kimmel shares stories about working with Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Loudon, and more.

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    A Bit of English in Times Square

    "Be careful what you wish for. It might come true!" my dad once said to six-year-old me when I mentioned my ambition to move to New York City and become an actress.