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    Deborah Aquila on Casting Outside the Box for ABC’s 'Black Box'

    Working outside of the traditional pilot season on a limited budget, Deborah Aquila and her casting team were able to take shots on actors who might not normally be considered for series regular roles with ABC's emotionally intense new drama "Black Box."

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    Marcia Ross on Creative Freedom in Casting ‘Small Time’

    After casting big budget films for Disney for years, Ross was excited to have more creative freedom—and the chance to bring back actors with whom she'd previously worked, calling casting directors "the number one ally to all actors."

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    Actor Mailings to Agents: Frequency

    "How often should an actor send a submission to an agent when seeking representation?" That was the question that came flying at me during a recent class.

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    Returning Actors: A Not-So-Welcome Back

    There is a harsh reality awaiting these actors hoping to return to the thespian fold. They will not be welcomed back with warm embraces and adulation by hirers and representatives of talent.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.