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    No Excuses That You Know

    There are times when an excuse might get you out of a sticky situation. However, in the audition room, 'fessing up to mistakes might be your best bet. Here are some such blunders and ideas on how to handle them.

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    The Newsweek Debate

    As an out professional actor and chair of the Screen Actors Guild National LGBT Actors Committee, I am offended by Setoodeh's attack.

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    All Prep and No Play, Lost in America

    "As a 39-year-old aspiring actress, I'm eager to hear your advice for late bloomers. I believe that my diverse experiences will enrich my acting. What else can you recommend?"

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    Rotten Request, Dumping a CD

    "Hello, I saw your profile on backstage and i will like to know if you are available for a Job from my company because after various screening your profile was chosen ."

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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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    Zack Gold

    As soon as he was called in to read for the role of Simey in John B. Keane's The Year of the Hiker last fall at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, Calif., a part he'd submitted for after seeing the casting notice on BackStage.com, Zack Gold got right ...

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    Retired Desire, Newcomer No-No

    I am 60 years old, male, multiracial, and live in Chicago. I am retired and have always wanted to be an actor. What are my chances and opportunities at this level?

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    The Suburbanoids

    The Red Room