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    The Play's the Thing...

    It's tough to write a critical review of Final Draft 8 when the screenwriting software—now with stage play and musical theater components—offers such elegant ease of use.

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    Typed Out?

    I want to stretch, to play parts that challenge me, but I seem instead to always be cast in similar roles. It's undermining my self-confidence. Am I kidding myself about my acting talent?

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    Terumi Shimazu

    Actors are constantly asked to perform at their best with little preparation. But sometimes little preparation can serve the character.

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    Have You Ever had to Play A Real Person?

    "I played young Charles Bukowski in a film based on one of his poems. A fan, I jumped at the opportunity."

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    My Agent Is a Bad Boyfriend

    Agents. The bipolar living roller coasters of our delightful industry, who we love to love and love, love, love to hate.

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    Bathing Suits, Onscreen Looks

    I've never, ever had this happen before. Have you ever been asked to bring a bathing suit to change into at a first audition, since the role calls for it? Is this a scam?

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    Playing Farce in the 21st Century

    Have the excesses of reality TV and the distractions of the digital age upped the ante for farce, a time-honored type of comedy usually characterized by slamming doors, mistaken identities, broad characterizations, and physical mayhem?

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    Team Players

    Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Erika Sellin spent many an hour perfecting pirouettes as an aspiring ballerina.

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    How Do You Collaborate With Actors?

    I  like to think of a play as a blueprint for a house. All of the people involved in the production help build the house. In the context of a new play, the actors are the heavy lifters—they are the ones laying the foundation, brick by brick, of the ...

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    Acting Job Opportunities Lost and Won

    This actor knew that here was an opportunity to introduce himself to gate keepers. He was right to begin a conversation. Where did he go wrong?