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    How I Went From Ex-Con to Movie Villain

    Actor Dave Vescio discusses his unlikely route to acting and his new film "Hick," starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin, and Juliette Lewis.

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    How I Turned My Depression Into a Film Festival Success

    Actor Jules Bruff discusses how she made "Part Time Fabulous," a film about her personal battle with Clinical Depression.

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    How ‘The Room’ Turned Me Into a Cult Movie ‘Star’

    Actor/writer Robyn Paris offers advice on turning a failed film experience into cult movie stardom.

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    How to Get Influencers to Promote Your Stuff

    Actor Taryn Southern shares her immovable laws of requesting online promotion from social media influencers.

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    Trying to Quit Acting: The Movie

    The universe seems to want me to be an actress. Yet it continually puts lots of obstacles in my way, and causes me to doubt my career choice. Does the universe have a sense of humor, or malice?

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    Giving Thanks

    If you were a doctor, nurse, or anyone forced to stay at Hackensack Hospital between 1993 and 1995, you likely saw my hallway renditions of Bell, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine and Pinocchio.

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    Putting Yourself Out There

    "Recognize the event that's taking place," he said. "You're being impertinent in the face of the opportunity of your lifetime. I'm about to make you a star."

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    Turning on the Heat

    Secret societies and yacht clubs aside, Evan and I were both in the same city, in the same bar and—as it turned out—in the same business. "I'm a producer," he said shyly.

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    Groomed for Success

    Acting since childhood, Penny had played the daughter in a rather well-known television series. I looked up to her like a mentor. She'd gotten to live out the childhood I always wanted.

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    The Wrong Method

    Al Pacino once said an acting teacher can ruin an actor. It's one of the most delicate things to instruct, and there are so many hacks out there, you have to be very careful whom you hire.