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    Actor Breakdowns Over Breakdowns: Part 1

    If you're not familiar with the term "breakdown" it's the casting notice that casting offices release to agents through a service called Breakdown Services.

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    Playing Doctor, Preying Agent

    Most of my acting credits are in Equity-waiver theater from about seven years ago, and I'm not a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I took time off to go to nursing school, finished school, and am currently working as a registered nurse, but I want to get back ...

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    Dariean Henderson

    Having faith is important for all aspiring actors. But Dariean Henderson's faith factored in a little more when the actor responded last year to a notice for a nonunion feature called "True Riches."

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    You and the Role and the Music

    Auditioning is possibly the world's quickest job interview. In as little as 16 bars, you need to convey that you're a great singer, a great actor, and a responsible professional.

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    What is the Difference Between an Action, an Objective, and an Intention?

    Action is what an actor, playing a character, does or says to achieve an objective.  Objective is what the character wants, or what the character's goal is.  Intention, perhaps the most important job an actor has.

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    Ye Olde Mail Bag

    We received an interesting letter this week at Secret Agent Man headquarters. It came from a New York actor, and I'd like to start off this column by sharing it with you.

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    What is the Silliest Thing You Have Ever Had to Do in the Name of Your Craft ?

    "I was shooting a movie, "Backfire," by Ben Demaree. Starring as the hit woman, I run down the stairs toting a gun. Suddenly Alex yells, 'Put the gun down!' I turn to see two LAPD officers standing behind their car doors, guns drawn, yelling!" -- Michelle Tomlinson

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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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    Bob Leonard

    Who would have thought that dancing the Hustle three decades ago would lead to a gig in 2009? But thanks to that experience and a Back Stage casting notice, Bob Leonard attended his first-ever audition and is now a member of the Timeless Torches, a dance team for the WNBA ...

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.