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    Reasonable Request, Accidental Advantage

    Is it too much to ask for the script before committing to a project? Or are starving actors supposed to take anything without asking any questions?

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    R.I.P.

    Society is divided by class, and the world of acting is no different. At one end of the spectrum we have the rich: name talent who command top dollar.

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    Playing Drunk

    Playing drunk is a very difficult thing to pull off. Even though you may be eager to conduct some firsthand research on this project, I'm afraid that it requires a clear head and great skill.

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    Striking It Rich?

    "The talent's acting job is to convince the clients that they believe in and use the product and just happen to be an actor, rather than an actor playing a role."

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    Is 'Beautiful' the New 'Ugly'?

    The headshot is the passport into the casting director's office. It has to say something about who the actor is. A pretty headshot does not always serve the actor in terms of getting an audition.

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    Approaching a Role with an Accent

    My actors are required to master accents. They use dialect CDs offering a step-by-step approach with specific drills and exercises.

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    Radical Solutions

    The acting world is not a kind one. Variations in income are a regular fact of life. But what if your steady but variable income takes a big hit? Like in half. How do you address that?

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    2009 List of New York Area Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following is a list of New York–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.

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    Study Aid

    If you're thinking about taking acting classes, "Can I afford it?" is likely a top question. The answer, according to the schools contacted by Back Stage, is "Probably yes."

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    Sivan Hadari

    "I knew it would be a challenge playing two characters in one play," says Sivan Hadari, "but I thought I could pull it off."