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    Casting Director Accountability

    The response to my blog post "A Casting Director's Rude Behavior," which was characterized by Back Stage as "chastising," was overwhelming.

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    An Actor's Resume: Special Skills & No-No Skills

    "No-No Skills" are items on an actors resume that should never – repeat, never – be listed as skills on an actor's resume.

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    An Actor's Career-Destroying Screw-Up

    We all make mistakes. But I'm still surprised by the career-destroying screw-ups that some actors will willingly and without-thought-to-consequences make.

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    Actors, Agents and Blackmarket Breakdowns: Part 2

    This has got to stop. Actors paying thieves for black-market breakdowns. Especially actors with representation.

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    Actor Breakdowns Over Breakdowns: Part 1

    If you're not familiar with the term "breakdown" it's the casting notice that casting offices release to agents through a service called Breakdown Services.

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    Actor Screw-Ups on Social Networking Sites

    I have a lot of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace friends. About one percent of my computerized companions are 3D friends: i.e., people I actually call friends in the real world.

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    Asinine Addresses Used in Addressing Professionals

    The pre-pubescent use of sexually suggestive, "personality expressive," childish monikers misused and abused in email addresses utilized for business correspondence has got to stop. Now.

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    Looking Back, Moving On

    If you've auditioned for a commercial in Los Angeles at any time in the past 28 years, you've likely been in Danny Goldman's office.

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    Selling Excitement

    Los Angeles–based casting director Deborah Aquila has a special connection with actors: She studied acting at NYU and the Stella Adler in New York.

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    Northern Exposers

    Casting directors Kathy Mooney and Janet Pound came together last May to form Michigan's Pound & Mooney Casting. Their credits include the Michigan casting for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and the upcoming films Whip It!, directed by Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera; Demoted, with Sean Astin ...