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    What to Look for in an Acting Teacher

    Picking the right teacher is essential for the student to get the most out of a class; Todd Thaler gives some advice.

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    3 Ways to Become a Lead Actor

    Booking a lead role in any project brings responsibility to the project itself and to the people in it—which essentially describes leadership.

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    Why Your Appearance Matters at Auditions

    I truly believe that everyone has a unique beauty. That being said, there are societal standards and realities for most on camera talent that you simply can’t ignore if you want to be in serious contention for the job!

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    7 Dos and Don'ts For Sizzle Reels

    What’s a sizzle? A sizzle is a 1-2 minute demo of mini-clips showing your work and your range of roles in a fast-paced, fun, entertaining trailer.

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    How To Use Your Fears and Anxieties To Unleash Creativity

    Birthing creativity from the idea phase into the actual application and expression of form isn’t easy. It’s hard and scary and weird and risky and crunchy and ugly and sometimes it yields amazing results and sometimes it doesn’t.

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    3 Steps To Getting Out Of Your Own Way

    It takes strength and determination, and insight into our own behavior, to actually change what is holding us back. Here is a helpful series of steps to guide you.

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    A Casting Director's Note to Actors: Stop Waiting for Permission

    In order to succeed in Hollywood, you honestly do have to get yourself an MBA in marketing. The truth is you will probably spend 99 percent of your time pounding the pavement and 1 percent of your time doing what it is that you were born to do.

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    Why You Should Have Fun at Auditions

    Auditioning is a complex system and has many layers. It is a process and a process needs a strong technique to guide you through it. The technique that ignites and drives your process needs to be joyful, expansive, energizing, creative, and personal in order to work.

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    6 Tips to Gaining Industry Attention for Your Child

    Much has been written on this subject, and after many years in the business working with child performers and their families, I am happy to weigh in with my six tips on increasing your child’s chances of getting representation and auditions.

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    Compete For Every Role You're Right For

    When an actor is truly right for a role, a well-thought-out, well-timed “appropriate pitch” can make all the difference in that actor getting the opportunity to compete for the role.