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    Just Say 'NO'

    An actor new to Hollywood can often greatly benefit from a can-do attitude—a willingness to do what is asked of you. However, knowing when to sport a "cannot do" attitude may help even more. Need examples? Read on.

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    Bukowski and Popsicles

    Pirates?" I reply. "Is it recent?" I'm sitting across from one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, and he's trying desperately to remember the name of a film.

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    Actor Breakdowns Over Breakdowns: Part 1

    If you're not familiar with the term "breakdown" it's the casting notice that casting offices release to agents through a service called Breakdown Services.

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    Playing Doctor, Preying Agent

    Most of my acting credits are in Equity-waiver theater from about seven years ago, and I'm not a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I took time off to go to nursing school, finished school, and am currently working as a registered nurse, but I want to get back ...

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    Dariean Henderson

    Having faith is important for all aspiring actors. But Dariean Henderson's faith factored in a little more when the actor responded last year to a notice for a nonunion feature called "True Riches."

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    You and the Role and the Music

    Auditioning is possibly the world's quickest job interview. In as little as 16 bars, you need to convey that you're a great singer, a great actor, and a responsible professional.

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    What is the Difference Between an Action, an Objective, and an Intention?

    Action is what an actor, playing a character, does or says to achieve an objective.  Objective is what the character wants, or what the character's goal is.  Intention, perhaps the most important job an actor has.

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    Ye Olde Mail Bag

    We received an interesting letter this week at Secret Agent Man headquarters. It came from a New York actor, and I'd like to start off this column by sharing it with you.

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    What is the Silliest Thing You Have Ever Had to Do in the Name of Your Craft ?

    "I was shooting a movie, "Backfire," by Ben Demaree. Starring as the hit woman, I run down the stairs toting a gun. Suddenly Alex yells, 'Put the gun down!' I turn to see two LAPD officers standing behind their car doors, guns drawn, yelling!" -- Michelle Tomlinson

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    Young Face, Old Soul

    Three months before I graduate from New York University, and it's the night of my first agent showcase. I'm on my A-game, and I totally nail the monologue. When I finish, I look at the agent for his response. His face is difficult to read as he glances ...