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    And the Winner Should Be…

    The Oscars are still six weeks away, but I'm already thinking about all the talented actors who aren't going to get nominated.

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    Forbidden Question, Meeting Challenges

    "I usually book roles five years younger than I am. I would honestly prefer not to disclose my age, as I believe it alters their perception of me for the role."

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    Jamie Bell Dancin' Days

    Jamie Bell's youth belies his remarkable talent and considerable experience as a dancer and an actor. Now 14, the northeast England native started dancing when he was 6 years old, participating in numerous competitions, and toured England with a musical theatre group when he was 9. But with his ...

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    Common Mistakes

    "Doing too much in their montages. Even having a montage. Directors and casting directors really want to cut to the chase with you, not see little bits of everything you've ever done."

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    Mistakes Better Not Be Made

    Michael Shannon navigates 100 minutes of roller-coaster speech in his Off-Broadway triumph. How does he do it? Lots of water and no phone calls.

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    Moving Stories

    Whenever show folks address the subject of moving to New York, there's a tendency to emphasize the negatives, the challenges, the warnings. But there's another side to the story.

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    Dancing in Two Different Worlds

    In her latest Broadway outing, "Come Fly Away," Twyla Tharp has concocted a full evening of dazzling choreography to the songs of Frank Sinatra.

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    Know the Details of Your Acting Contract

    Know the SAG-AFTRA commercial contract. I cannot stress enough how important it is to empower yourself as a professional actor and study the contract. You can read it online at www.sagaftra.org.

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    Don't Career Through Your Career

    Branding is about communicating a memorable essence of your actor self. Your brand must be defined clearly and delivered strategically in order for it to help you generate the momentum to move your career forward.

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    AA Meeting, Extra Help

    I took a commercial class and got called in by a very big, well-respected agency. It's been three weeks since then and I haven't heard from them at all. I sent thank-you cards right after our meeting, but what do I do now?