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    Auditioning for Pilots

    Reality-check time: As Los Angeles acting teacher Doug Warhit reminds us, most pilots don't go beyond the pilot stage. Of those that do, most are canceled within the first four weeks.

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    The Root of Good Acting (Pt. 3)

    What are you doing when you act on the line?  You read the script and think, "This is what the line is telling me to do."

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    Give Thanks and Generosity to Actors

    Simple acts of generosity toward other actors, at auditions or in a scene, can make a big difference.

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    Find the Facts To Flesh Out a Role

    Like objectives and actions, facts can be a simple way to flesh out a role or save a floundering scene. A good script offers a number of pre-set facts—or given circumstances—from which to draw. While some actors stop there, facts have more to yield than what most plays ...

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    Sam Christensen Says Finding Your Mythic Theme Can Open Up Your Acting

    Identifying your particular behavior pattern and knowing yourself better helps you put your own spin on your roles.

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    The Method and the Myth

    "I don't want to see or hear any of that Method crap!" How many times has an actor heard that from a director, producer, or teacher? Too many, I'll wager.

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    Stillness is Golden

    Bill Howey wants you to stop moving and stay still to make the greatest impact.

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    Is Nepotism Always Black and White?

    A great deal of “who you know” is at play in the entertainment industry, but is that such a bad thing? In an artistic field with so much competition, nepotism becomes less black and white.

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    How To Find Freedom As An Actor

    Freedom is the ultimate goal of technique. Many actors have no repeatable system of work. Afraid that technique will trap them, they use random instincts, which produce random results.

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    You Can't Fake It

    Here are some signs that you might not be acting totally truthfully: unnatural body language, movement that's general, an unctuous tone in your voice.