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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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    1 Way CD Stephanie Holbrook Helps Actors Work Against Type

    Stephanie Holbrook talks about casting actors such as Jennifer Aniston in roles you wouldn't expect to see them in for Daniel Schechter's "Life of Crime."

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    Give Me Your Height, Not Your Cooties

    I don't want anything smacking us in the face or taking away from your performance. You don't want to have something on your T-shirt while you're reading, because that's going to be distracting.

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    The Cardinal Sin of Auditioning

    Never, repeat, never, ever do you as an actor, a professional, go to an audition knowing that you will not accept an offer should you be so lucky as to receive one.

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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.

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    Head Case: Actors Acting Against Their Best Interests

    To borrow and mangle-by-paraphrase Arthur Miller: Their craniums are living thoughts of quiet desperation with destructive speculations ricocheting off one another.

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    #ICastIt: 1 Reason Good Casting Makes Directing Easier

    Actor-writer-director Jola Cora says the hardest part of casting her short film "Live Laugh Love" was rejecting so many talented actors. She shares how she found the perfect fit on Backstage.com.

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    Matthew Jon Beck Finds Voices for ‘Legends Of Oz’

    Matthew Jon Beck found a perfect blend of up-and-coming voices and celebrities to bring to life Dorothy and her friends in Oz for the animated musical "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," which hits theaters May 9.

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    The Business of Auditioning

    I've sort of become the Sherlock Holmes of reading résumés. My job as a casting director is to present the very best talent available for the project.

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    Fair Wages? Are Actor Unions Fairly Serving All Actors?

    There's been an alarming shift towards lower actor wages within the unions. And too many members of AEA and SAG have been complacent about it.