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    How To Embrace Your 'Type'

    The business is built on “types.” And you’re going to get work according to your type. But we often have so many judgments about those parts of ourselves that we exclude ourselves from even being considered for the job.

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    4 Acting Scams and How To Spot Them

    When your guard is low and your hopes are high, it’s easy to spend money on things you don’t need or be convinced to do something that goes against your moral compass. Here are some of the common and not so common things actors may be "conned" into ...

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    6 Steps To Giving a Memorable Performance

    Josephy Pearlman shares elements that are always present in every piece of “great” acting.

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    What Is Your Acting Brand? (Or Do You Need One?)

    When you think of yourself as an actor, do you think of yourself as a brand? Or do you think of yourself as an actor who is more interested in expanding your boundaries?

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    4 Acting Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'

    I don't know of anyone in the last several decades who hasn't heard of the "The Wizard of Oz," that wonderful musical journey down the yellow brick road with a teenage Judy Garland singing her heart out. Besides being entertaining, it teaches us four valuable themes about life.

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    How To Translate Lyrics and Connect to a Song

    When we don't translate our lyrics, we are singing or speaking in a different "tongue" – not ours but rather that of our lyricist or playwright.

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    What 8 Year-old Girls Can Teach Us About Acting

    We can be so focused on getting the industry to pay attention to us and validate us that we ignore our own voice.

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    Why Your Shoes Are Important In an Audition

    I’m going to give you the secret to really feeling your character when you’re on stage, on a set, or in an audition. It’s so simple you’ll kick yourself that you didn’t think of it. Shoes. Yes, shoes!

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    How To Get to the Root of the Problem in Your Auditions

    I was talking to a psychologist friend of mine and asked him what the biggest reason is for people to seek therapy. He said it was people not wanting to make the same mistakes over and over in their lives.

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    4 Secrets to Voiceover Acting

    Not a week goes by when an actor-friend doesn't ask me about how to break into voiceovers. So when I sat down with Andy Roth for his episode of "Actor's Next Level," I knew I had to get all his secrets!