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    Your 2015 L.A. Pilot Season Survival Guide

    Calling all Hollywood newbies! Backstage has compiled advice from several experienced casting directors and L.A. actors on the craziest time of the TV season.

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    3 Steps To Making Good Acting Choices

    Here is an easy three-step proven process that I have used in all my projects to help find the right performance style and actor choices that deliver on my clients' concept or idea and proves clearly, there are no bad actors, just bad choices.

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    5 Acting Lessons from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

    Is “The Wizard of Oz” simply a fine bedtime story and fantastic film or was it an allegory forewarning and advising actors on how to manage their careers?

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    The Secret to Guaranteed Success

    A most cherished holiday tradition has formed among my friends—my inner circle, my Mastermind group—in which we come together to talk about the year that has past and the year yet to come.

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    8 Pilot Season FAQs Answered!

    Actors are often confused about pilot season and the roles of casting directors. Here are some of the most common questions and comments Joan Sittenfield hears!

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    12 Easy Secrets To Audition Success

    Actors coming in for a commercial audition should arrive on-time, with copy memorized or as close to memorized as possible, and with the wardrobe that was written on the breakdown.

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    How To Succeed Between Bookings

    As actors, unless you are in a Broadway show or are a regular on television series, you work from time to time, perhaps a week in a film, a day on a commercial, six weeks in a play.

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    How To Stop Auditioning and Still Book the Job

    You deserve to be here—on this planet and in a casting room. You are already whole and complete regardless of what an agent or manager or casting director thinks about your work.

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    Be Yourself In Order to Be the Character

    The personality of the actor is nine-tenths of the performance. This is a terrifying prospect for many actors hoping to completely disappear and hide within a role.

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    4 Ways to Leave ‘Em Wanting More

    You want to leave ‘em wanting more so that they are inspired to call you again for that second meeting. So, here’s four ways to leave ‘em wanting more in your meetings and auditions.