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    Change Your World

    Auditions for college acting programs, whether undergraduate or graduate, typically last three or four minutes—about as long as it takes to soft-boil an egg.

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    Oh, the Pain!

    It's all you crazy actors out there who are responsible for my superior rectus being strained. All that dumb, weird stuff you do triggers an eye-rolling motion in my head that I just can't control.

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    Creativity and Depression, Lost Vouchers

    As a performer, I find myself subject to a battle with depression and black moods when not working and sometimes when working. What can a performer do to combat this?

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    'Case' Study

    Though he's never had acting aspirations of his own, casting director Michael Testa feels a special kinship with actors.

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    Angela Lansbury's Latest Role

    But why would Lansbury, a performer known largely as an actor and a singer, commit herself to an organization designed specifically to serve dancers?

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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.

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    Using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube?

    " We're entering a new era where everyone is using MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, and it would be silly not to take advantage of that." -- Sean Marks, Barbara McNamara Casting

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    Playing Young

    "I can knock 10 years off anyone still playing teens. I used to call myself America's oldest teenager," says actor and standup comic Gina Rodgers.

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    Victor Melendez

    Victor Melendez has wanted to be an actor since the 1970s, but life kept getting in the way. Financial and family responsibilities took precedence, and he had to "put acting on hold 99 percent of the time," he says.

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    Recovery and Starting My Own Theater Company

    I was broke and constantly in pain. Then, to make matters worse, the bottom fell out of the economy and auditions became scarcer. "Something has to change," I thought.