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    Profile Purpose, Feedback Foul

    I cast extras and principals with Extra Talent Agency, and I have to disagree with a statement in your recent column "Rotten Request, Dumping a CD" (June 18–24).

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    Dues Discussion

    "I have a difficult time understanding how the unions are protecting the "working actor," and I am hoping you can help to clear something up for me."

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    Classes Query, Need for Nerves

    I realized that when I'm super-nervous, I do much better. But once I realized that, I stopped getting nervous and therefore lost all the nervous energy.

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    The Baby and the Bathwater: Stanislavsky Teaching Today

    Rumor says Lee Strasberg drove his students and those at the Actors Studio to breakdowns because of his obsessive insistence on emotion memory as the most effective trigger.

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    Extra Benefits

    A certain casting office hired me for three days. They fitted me in a period costume and wanted my hair to be all one color; I had to be shorter than 5 feet 5 inches and of white European descent.

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    Technology and Imagination in the Acting Process

    At first it was subtle, a few students expressing their frustration at not being able to come up with a new idea in acting class. Then the dissatisfaction of some became more open.

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    Email Goes Offline

    Our lives as actors are governed by email: We get our audition information from our agents via email, we send out mass emails to promote shows we're in, and we submit ourselves by email for all manner of projects.

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    NY Acting Markets: Commercials

    One longtime commercial casting director (speaking anonymously) says she cast far more nonunion jobs—60 to 70 percent—than union jobs last year.

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    The Upside of Uploading

    Getting your webisode online doesn't have to be harder than making it.