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    From the Studio to 'Wall Street 2'

    Funny how a phone call or chance meeting can seemingly change your life, right? Isn't that what we all dream about?

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    A Kick to the Head

    I seem destined to be that actor that gets pummeled, kicked, and bruised every time I try to do a stunt. But why?  "Was I doing something wrong?" I asked.

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    Becoming Pilot-Worthy

    It amazes me how actors with few credits and no representation think they have a chance of booking the holy grail of acting jobs during this frantic time of year.

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    Trunk Show

    Actors looking to transplant themselves to Los Angeles have no doubt heard this all-too-familiar refrain: Traffic is a nightmare.

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    How Long to 'Make It' in a Major Market?

    "Although the business can be a bit overwhelming in a large market, things started off solid for me. I booked a national commercial on my first L.A. audition, and I was excited!" — Michael Woodley

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    Omar Kelly

    Barely two weeks after setting up a profile in BackStage.com's talent database, 10-year-old Omar Kelly was cast from his picture and résumé in "What's Going On," a public service announcement.

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    Lost: White Notebook

    What did this notebook have in it that was so important? Oh, I don't know—nothing expensive but also nothing easily replaceable. There were many pages of extensive to-do lists.

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    Facebook Manners

    "If a casting assistant I have read for several times is on Facebook, would it be weird for me to add him as a friend? I don't know him outside of those couple of auditions I have done for him."

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    Animation Nation

    While there may not be as many of them, animated pilots can prove just as lucrative for an actor as live-action ones.

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    What Is a Qualified Performing Artist?

    In the rules of the Internal Revenue Service, there is a special category called the "qualified performing artist," which used to be of significant value to actors.