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    Actor Angst: Getting Seen

    Just how do you get past the barbarian gatekeepers—re: casting personnel and/or agents—is often as frustrating as getting a NYC subway train that doesn't reek of urine.

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    Actor Sexuality: A Career Impediment?

    Homosexuals can be the biggest homophobes in our industry.  Several weeks ago I received a disturbing note from a reader.

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    Being Real

    All casting directors talk about the importance of a headshot looking like the actor, but this is essential for actors interested in appearing in independent films.

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    Solving the Puzzle

    Lisa Miller Katz lives for those moments of discovery, those special auditions when she knows an actor's nailed a part.

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    Experience vs. Sheepskin: Verdict?

    "Did you go to college?" I replied truthfully: "No." I was informed that my lack of a certificate from a secondary institution of learning would prevent me from teaching at this particular school.

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    Actors: Ill-Mannered and Indebted

    Several months ago as I was going through the piles of actor mail I came across a familiar piece of "Thanks for the audition... " correspondence but it had an odd twist.

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    Be My Host

    Though some actors may have reservations about hosting, because they think they won't be taken seriously, those ideas are changing throughout the industry, and the notion of selling out doesn't exist anymore.

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    Pass the Remote

    One might say that G. Charles Wright has spent his whole life preparing for a job in casting. "All my childhood was spent in front of a television instead of playing outdoors or doing homework," he says.

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    Actor Jealousy and Comparisons

    Comparisons, they happen. Especially in group settings such as the collaboration that is the performing arts. And they can destroy the harmony and productivity of any project.

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    Changing Your Look?

    "I open someone's headshot online and I see a multitude of hair colors...and I don't know which girl I'm bringing in," says longtime L.A. casting director Ava Shevitt.