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    Marci Liroff on the Life of a Casting Director

    In a new Q&A series on her Facebook page called "Inside the World of Casting," Hollywood casting director Marci Liroff is currently answering questions from a college student.

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    How Can Actors Help Their Managers do Their Job?

    I wish every client asked this question. Representing actors is a team effort, and actors who simply sit by the phone waiting for it to ring are not going to succeed.

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    Keeping a Long-Running Show Fresh

    If a regular rehearsal doesn't work, then I have the actors do an improv but don't allow them to use any of the show's lines. As a result, they remember the show's purpose.

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    What Acting Teacher Inspired You?

    Sande Shurin—who wasn't my first teacher but was the first teacher who made me deal with me—stopped me in my tracks. I learned how to become present in a way I had never experienced.

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    Auditioning the Parents?

    When I bring a child in for an audition, it's all about the work that they do in the room with me. Are they actively listening while they're doing the scene? Do they take direction well?

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    Casting Roles with Nudity or Sex?

    Quite a few actors won't come in if there's nudity for a part. A lot of the time, producers and director will say, "Oh, they'll want the part enough that they'll do the nudity." No, they won't.

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    Worst Advice?

    Eight years, several leading roles in films, incredible stage runs, and creating my own film festival later, I can say that walking out of that jerk's office was the best thing I could have done.

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    How Do Actors Teach You About Their Character?

    Every actor I work with shows me something about the character, and often the play, that I did not see initially. Andréa Burns, who played Daniela in "In the Heights," is a perfect example.

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    What Do You Wish You Had Known Before Moving to New York?

    "As my grandmother used to say, 'The early bird gets the worm.' I never thought that would serve any purpose in my life, until I moved to New York."

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    What Actor Do You Regret Overlooking?

    "Perhaps the biggest mistake I ever made was turning down Danny DeVito. This was before 'Taxi,' and he was an unknown."