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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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    Why Did You Become a Manager?

    "My very first word was "Hi!" There and then I knew that what I wanted more than anything else in the whole world was to entertain." - Betty McCormick, Midwest Talent Management, Los Angeles and Ohio

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    Maintaining a Relationship with Your Agent

    The relationship between client and agent is delicate. The client and agent can go through periods when there simply is no "relationship." But there is hope.

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    Bad Audition Recovery?

    "The funny thing about auditions: Sometimes when I think I've totally blown it, that's when I get the callback. The same can be true for a performance," --Scott Kerns

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    Telsey Lately

    "He's really an artist" is how Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher describes casting director Bernie Telsey. "An artist is a person who looks at the world differently than other people, and Bernie does that through casting."

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    What Do You Listen for in an Audio Reel?

    When we listen to a demo, we usually want to hear some degree of versatility spread among a range of characters, accents, and even languages spoken.

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    Manager and Agent Working Together?

    "When building a team, an actor hires agents—legit, commercial, voiceover—and a manager who can work together, complement each other, and provide opportunities to achieve success."

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    What Schools or Coaches Catch Your Attention?

    We've had good experiences with people who have studied in Los Angeles with Kate McGregor-Stewart, as well as at the American Film Institute and at the University of Southern California.

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    How Can You Use Improvisation in Preparing for a Role?

    "Improvisation is the art of finding your freedom within a moment. Acting in film is about creating and shaping moments for the camera.One cannot create and shape moments without freedom."

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    When To Brand Yourself?

    "I think that branding yourself is a great idea if you are very specific to begin with. Many actors are more versatile, so branding can pigeonhole them." -- Josselyne Herman-Saccio