The Craft

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    Why Actors Should Leave Criticism to the Critics

    If you’re criticizing the local 99-seat production of “Spring Awakening” because it wasn’t as good as the one you saw Off-Broadway, you need to check your expectations.

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    They Call It 'Crafting'

    In the acting world, "crafting" is a popular word. But I don't know if the meaning of the word is really understood. Crafting begins and ends with the fundamentals of acting.

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    How To Handle Working With Celebrities

    Jackie Apodaca, the head of performance at Southern Oregon University, reminds actors that the stars on set are just like you.

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    Quit With the Presentation and Just Act

    Most are approaching their work with a seriousness that speaks well of their commitment but muddles any chance of seeing their act.

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    When Men Age

    There is much to be learned from playing characters older than yourself when the chance arises.

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    When Women Age

    How do older women relate to the ages of their characters? And what do they know now about the craft of acting that they didn't know when they were younger?

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    Your Character's Soundtrack

    As many actors know from experience, listening to music can help you prepare to act. Depending upon your selection, it can calm you down or pump you up.

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    Raphael Sbarge Says the Work is What Matters

    A star on ABC's "Once Upon a Time," actor and teacher Raphael Sbarge sees every audition as an opportunity to hone in on your weaknesses and strengths.

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    To Protect and Sing

    Vocal coach John Henny preaches three simple rules for keeping your voice in shape: sleep, water, and vocalize.

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    Succeed by Staying Present

    Anthony Meindl wants you to surrender to what's happening in the moment, regardless of what you planned.