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    An Eye for Talent

    As the founder and CEO of McCorkle Casting, Patricia McCorkle has worked on hundreds of projects for stage and screen since 1979.

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    Sex Behind the Scenes

    Showmance is what happens between two emotionally charged people involved in a show are attracted and then collide. And sometimes even an airbag or condom can't provide safety.

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    Finding an Agent: Timing

    For unrepresented actors—or those wishing to change agencies—this is the most wonderful time of the year for finding your champion.

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    Small-Screen Selector

    Over the years, John Frank Levey has amassed an impressive array of Emmy and Artios awards for his work on such groundbreaking shows as "ER" and "The West Wing."

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    Auditioning: It's Your Time and Space

    Veteran casting director Fern Champion launched her career more than 30 years ago in New York, casting for Sidney Lumet, John Badham, Alan Pakula, and Herbert Ross.

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    Worshiping a Technique and/or Teacher (aka The Cult Factor)

    "Everything I say is right. Everything I say is wrong. There are many conflicting opinions in this industry. Don't take one person's word as gospel. Including my own. Take what works for you."

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    Publicity Blunders

    Fame and attention. Nouns conjoined, the two desires are often borne from one source: insecurity. It's a "Someone, anyone, please pay attention to me!" syndrome.

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    Spreading Their Wings

    "We’ve got great memories for talent. One or the other of us will remember someone that we’ve seen two years ago that came in to audition."

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    Innovative Marketing Tool for the Actor

    In my 30-year career as a director, casting director and former actor, I have never once come across an actor who had a reduced, easy-to-pocket, up-to-date resume on them at all times.

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    Headshots: Border or Not?

    Recently a reader sent me a question about the latest headshot trends: whether a headshot should have a border or be full bleed. Every five or so years the "in" headshot format alters.