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    Trunk Show

    Actors looking to transplant themselves to Los Angeles have no doubt heard this all-too-familiar refrain: Traffic is a nightmare.

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    How Long to 'Make It' in a Major Market?

    "Although the business can be a bit overwhelming in a large market, things started off solid for me. I booked a national commercial on my first L.A. audition, and I was excited!" — Michael Woodley

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    Omar Kelly

    Barely two weeks after setting up a profile in BackStage.com's talent database, 10-year-old Omar Kelly was cast from his picture and résumé in "What's Going On," a public service announcement.

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    Lost: White Notebook

    What did this notebook have in it that was so important? Oh, I don't know—nothing expensive but also nothing easily replaceable. There were many pages of extensive to-do lists.

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    Facebook Manners

    "If a casting assistant I have read for several times is on Facebook, would it be weird for me to add him as a friend? I don't know him outside of those couple of auditions I have done for him."

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    Animation Nation

    While there may not be as many of them, animated pilots can prove just as lucrative for an actor as live-action ones.

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    What Is a Qualified Performing Artist?

    In the rules of the Internal Revenue Service, there is a special category called the "qualified performing artist," which used to be of significant value to actors.

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    Three New Dance Biographies

    Coinciding with Lincoln Center's 50th anniversary this theatrical season, three new biographies of dance artists who made significant contributions to dance at Lincoln Center have been published.

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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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    Prepping for Pilots

    After apprenticing with some of the most prolific casting directors in the business, Brett Greenstein and Collin Daniel decided to join forces and strike out on their own.