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    AmEx Funds Audience Development

    The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. has received a $125,000 two-year grant from American Express, while the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia garnered a whopping $150,000 two-year grant, also from American Express.

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    Fears and Nerves

    "I have no reel. I have done three indies, four plays, and three local/Web commercials. I have some training. Should I even have the nerve to send headshots and résumés to agents?"

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    No Excuses That You Know

    There are times when an excuse might get you out of a sticky situation. However, in the audition room, 'fessing up to mistakes might be your best bet. Here are some such blunders and ideas on how to handle them.

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    Rotten Request, Dumping a CD

    "Hello, I saw your profile on backstage and i will like to know if you are available for a Job from my company because after various screening your profile was chosen ."

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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 ...

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    Jon Frederick

    To borrow a phrase from the late Rodney Dangerfield, bass players "get no respect."

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    From Within

    I have immense respect and empathy for those of you willing to act. As a writer-director, I get to hide behind the camera and send my scripts out to audition for me.

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    The Suburbanoids

    The Red Room