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    Teacher Travails

    We recently had a very bad experience with a neglectful, abusive, and incompetent studio teacher.

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    VIDEO: Tony Nominees Share Advice for Aspiring Actors

    Back Stage spoke with some of the 2012 Tony Award nominees about their performances and what advice they have for actors.

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    Look Like Someone Famous?

    "That's a tough one. [In] the casting director game, it's half this and half that. There are situations where it could help." -- John Papsidera

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    Have a Merry Christmas

    As the year winds down, I want all of you to hit the brakes on your acting careers. Trust me. Show business will still be here after Dick Clark rings in the new year. Christmas isn't about headshots and a new demo reel.

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    Add Layers to Copy, Not Wardrobe

    Your clothes don't audition, you do. But what you wear can help auditors better visualize you in the role.  So, help the auditors along. Dress the part so they can visualize you in the role.

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    Jemal Draco... Got the Part!

    "I feel I'm destined to get these kinds of roles and play some kind of animalistic, futuristic entity here to save the planet or something. Either that or Mowgli from 'Jungle Book.'"

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    Tara Henderson

    After submitting to a casting notice she saw in Back Stage, Tara Henderson auditioned and was one of five people cast—out of approximately 700 submissions and 250 auditioning performers.

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    Lost Equity, Double Jeopardy

    I'd like to join Equity, but it's been many years since I earned all those weeks in the EMC program. I am really nervous that I've blown it by missing the deadline. Will I have to start from scratch?

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    A Pioneer in Representing Dancers

    "I had a really bad knee injury and basically had to reinvent my life," explains Julie McDonald of McDonald/Selznick Associates, a talent agency that specializes in dancers and choreographers.

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    Richard Crandle... Got the Part

    Richard Crandle didn't even have a headshot when he decided to audition for "Hairspray's"  national tour. He had no formal dance training and had never been on a professional audition. But he put that aside to try for his dream role.