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    Playing Cops (and Robbers Too)

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I played a police officer on stage. I immediately discovered why cops walk in that funny, lumbering way: It's the holster. It gets in the way of holding your arms straight down at your sides.

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    Marc Warzecha Recommends Improv for Actors

    The Second City-Hollywood's Marc Warzecha extols the virtues of improv at such places as The Groundlings, iO, The Second City and UCB.

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    Be Intentional at Auditions

    Before an audition, Sterling Studio's Constance Tillotson says, know the character's intent.

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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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    Why Your Emotional History Is Important as an Actor

    An area in an actor’s work that is often neglected is emotional history. With history comes emotion, and it shows up in what the character says and does.

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    How To Get Cast in Family Theater

    Kids are the best audience you’ll ever have. They’ll let you know instantly if you have them enthralled by listening intently, and if you don’t, the wiggles, the giggles, and the talking will start.

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    Quiet! Someone's Getting the Job

    Film and television are reactive media. The next time you're watching a TV show or movie, notice that the actors listen and react more than they talk.

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    I Love to Laugh

    Adding laughter is one of the best things an actor can do to take a performance from safe to spectacular.

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    Acting as Dating

    We hear this all the time: Be willing to suffer for your art. But how do you know if you even want to make the necessary sacrifices to be an actor?