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    How I Met Marisa Ross

    Marisa Ross knows comedy. The Los Angeles–based casting director for the hit CBS series "How I Met Your Mother," Ross is also casting with Alyson Silverberg the Fox pilot "Iceland."

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    How Failure Worked for Me

    For years I had a deeply personal secret. Only family and acquaintances I knew from the era of bell-bottom pants and Ford Pintos were aware of my shame: I failed seventh grade.

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    The Ugly of Our Trade

    Sue reminded me of the harsh realities of our trade: If the actors were not making money for the company or, as in Peter's case, not an easy sell, then it only made sense to let them go.

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    It's Gotten Nicer in New York

    New York commercial casting director Mary Egan-Callahan, of House Casting, originally thought she wanted to be an actor, until she landed a casting internship and fell in love with casting.

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    Loving the Process

    Casting Director Antonia Dauphin talks about making choices, asking questions, and what gets you in the door.

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    Judy Keller Loves Actors

    The Casting Director offers her views on expressive eyes, arresting attention, special skills, digital details, preparation, and more.

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    Agents: Another Option to Signing (Without Spending $$)

    How can you additionally pick the lock of the gatekeepers and land an agent? There's one more way to breaking down the vault door to your champion of talent: Me.

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    Keeping It Real and Unique

    Veteran casting director Erica Palgon says it's important to show what makes you special during auditions, and uniqueness is the key to getting cast.

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    Actors Pretending to Be Real People Pretending Not to Be Actors

    Thirty-one. That's the number of breakdowns via Breakdown Services released to talent agents in the past twelve months for reality programming seeking actors as 'real' people.

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    Scout's Honor

    "Be prepared. You've heard it a million times, but it still slays me that actors think it's okay to walk in unprepared."