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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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    They Don't Call It 'Show Art'

    When it comes to the age - old dilemma of art versus commerce, young actors are likely to hear advice that falls anywhere between those two extremes. No wonder they're confused.

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    Caitlin Gold

    Caitlin Gold works hard. The Toronto native checks BackStage.com for casting notices every day and submits herself for every character that even somewhat matches her description.

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    Preparing Your Own Return

    Every year, I caution people to be careful about preparing their own tax returns. Coming from a tax preparer, this advice may appear self-serving, but it isn't. Just the other day, something happened that called into question the idea, so heavily promoted in TV ads, that doing your own ...

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    The Casting List You Never Want to Be On

    If you're lucky and you've been around a while, you'll invariably know a few casting directors who've become fans and call you in for auditions all the time. But what happens when the love ends? 


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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings. I knew a guy back East who was just like that. He always dressed like a slob, and he'd get his hair cut at a pet shop.

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    What Mistakes Do Actors Make in Preparing for their Photo Sessions?

    In my opinion, the most important thing an actor can do to ensure a good session is to show up promptly and prepared. If you have to, show up early and wait in your car. Running late creates stress and takes time away from your session and is unprofessional.

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    What Is Sense Memory and How Should You Use It?

    An actor's job is to "feel on cue." We walk into an audition, say hello, then sit down to cry over our imaginary mother's death. Most actors would say we do this through emotional recall.

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    Inside the Agency

    Back Stage has begun holding its Successful Actor series -- an informative, free series of discussions with industry professionals about the business of acting -- open to all Back Stage readers.

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    Production Listings LA

    Back Stage lists major U.S. film, TV and theatre productions that are currently casting or accepting submissions. On this page you'll find productions occurring in the Los Angeles area. Check for new listings every Thursday!