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    A Transplant's Guide to Los Angeles

    Advice columnist Michael Kostroff, a native New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles, goes toe-to-toe with fellow columnist Jackie Apodaca, an Angeleno who has lived in New York, on some of the quirks of each town.

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    A Transplant's Guide to New York

    Advice columnist Jackie Apodaca, a West Coaster who has lived in New York, goes toe-to-toe with fellow columnist Michael Kostroff, a New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles, on the quirks of each town's culture.

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    Kissing Comment, Class Flack

    I've never had to kiss another actor at an audition, even at callbacks. Can you imagine? Four people called back for each role and you end up smooching by proxy with all of them?

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    Strip Search

    I am in Las Vegas and really want to get into TV and films. I wonder if I can get involved from here, or do I need to go to Los Angeles?

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    Breathless With Emotion

    How can an actor do good work while dealing with a chronic condition in real life? How can I push through this feeling to express myself with emotional truthfulness and do the work that I love so much?

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    Artistically Inclined, College in Mind

    While I know artistry and commercialism don't have to be mutually exclusive in this business, it seems like you have to be good-looking, charming, and tremendously social to even be seen.

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    Forbidden White Lie

    A few weeks back, I offered a two-parter titled "Jerks Don't Work." Though not everyone agreed with all of my advice, I'm always glad to have sparked discussion.

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    Kissing Caution

    I am auditioning for a part that requires me to kiss someone I've never met. How can I be certain this person is not sick and doesn't have any easily transmittable diseases, such as herpes?

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    Across the Ponder

    I was wondering if you could lend any insight into the experience of trying to be a working American actor in the U.K. Are they generally accepting or do they prefer it if you attended drama school in the U.K.?

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    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?