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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."

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    Angels and Whores

    If film directors can have a director's cut of a movie when released for DVD, what about authors with manuscript material that may have been cut because it was considered too controversial?

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    Doing It Your Way

    Jason La Padura made his Broadway debut as an actor in William Inge's "Summer Brave" before turning his talents to roles behind the scenes, including stage manager, production manager, and assistant to the director.