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    An Actor's Most Guarded Secret

    Actors often get round-a-bout questions in auditions by the hiring personnel who hold an interest for discovering an artist's age.

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    Acting Job Opportunities Lost and Won

    This actor knew that here was an opportunity to introduce himself to gate keepers. He was right to begin a conversation. Where did he go wrong?

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    An Actor's Career-Destroying Screw-Up

    We all make mistakes. But I'm still surprised by the career-destroying screw-ups that some actors will willingly and without-thought-to-consequences make.

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    Thinking Outside the Box

    Barbara McNamara, who has headed her own company in New York, Barbara McNamara Casting, for four years, casts films, TV shows, commercials, voiceovers, and industrials.

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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.

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    1 Way Kerry Barden Maintained Authenticity in 'Get On Up'

    Kerry Barden shares how he found actors who could handle the musicality while authentically portraying the real life superstars that populated James Brown's life in "Get On Up."

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    Casting Director Accountability

    The response to my blog post "A Casting Director's Rude Behavior," which was characterized by Back Stage as "chastising," was overwhelming.

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    Acting Nuts

    Often when I venture upon this acting avenue with thespians—viewing what acting skills they have to show—the first presentation foray is just that: presentation.

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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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    An Eye for Talent

    As the founder and CEO of McCorkle Casting, Patricia McCorkle has worked on hundreds of projects for stage and screen since 1979.