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    Auditioning: It's Your Time and Space

    Veteran casting director Fern Champion launched her career more than 30 years ago in New York, casting for Sidney Lumet, John Badham, Alan Pakula, and Herbert Ross.

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    Laura Cook

    A combination of flexibility, training, and careful preparation helped Laura Cook land the role of Fruma-Sarah in the AIM Management tour of "Fiddler on the Roof."

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    'Brighton Beach' Bombs

    Broadway is still reeling from the abrupt closing Sunday of the revival of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" after only nine performances.

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    Shark Attack on Sunset Boulevard

    In quick succession, five agents in five weeks have passed on representing me. They all used essentially the same reason:  "We have too many blondes with far more credits who are just like you."

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    Worshiping a Technique and/or Teacher (aka The Cult Factor)

    "Everything I say is right. Everything I say is wrong. There are many conflicting opinions in this industry. Don't take one person's word as gospel. Including my own. Take what works for you."

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    Arrivederci, A******

    "I recently interviewed with a new agent. While the office impressed me, there were some red flags."

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    The Root of Good Acting

    Personalization is the foundation upon which the house built. Step number one of my eight steps is phrased, "Who am I?"—think of that "I" as standing for identification.

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    The Almighty Assistant

    Most agents in this business started on someone's desk. That means they worked as an assistant to an established agent. Think Lloyd on "Entourage."

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    Touring Tune-Up

    An actor getting ready for a major tour—or any long stage run—is like an athlete prepping for the playoffs. You must be in top physical and vocal shape if you're to have any hope of success.

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    Nick Raio

    As a rule, actors shouldn’t fear playing unlikable characters, as Nick Raio has discovered.