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    The Secret to an Acting Career Is Not an Agent

    It must be brutal knowing about all the roles you’d sell your mother to audition for but can’t, because casting directors are generally limiting themselves to “agent submissions only.”

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    How to Choose an Acting School

    Choosing where and what to study might be the single most important decision you make in your acting life. Choose correctly, and it could lead to personal and financial fulfillment beyond your wildest dreams.

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    8 Steps to Actor Happiness

    Our business brings with it heartache, and many of you allow that heartache to rob you of your happiness and forget the joy that comes with doing what you do. Here are a few tips on how to be a happy and fulfilled actor.

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    3 Steps to Creating Accountability as an Actor

    Every successful person understands the power of partnership, the value of accountability, and the necessity of support. As an actor, one easy and cost-free way to get the support you need is by forming a mastermind group.

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    The Top 5 Mistakes Actors Make in Auditions

    Casting Director Danielle Eskinazi shares the top five mistakes she sees actors make in auditions.

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    Why You Need to Face Your Fears

    The fears in our heads are always louder and bigger than the actual experience of them in reality. In fact, once we face the things we are most scared of, we realize that they actually aren’t that scary at all.

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    The Mystery Ingredient to Creating a Character

    It is worth giving a thought or two to your character's spiritual make-up. Faith can fill in some of the holes left by the writer. That can set you free.

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    How to Choose an Outfit for Your Audition

    In order to decide what you should wear to an audition, it is important to understand the terminology casting directors use to describe the designated audition wardrobe.

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    Don’t Get Placed in the ‘Why?’ Pile

    During a casting session, pictures go in one of three piles: the “yes,” the “no,” and the “maybe” piles. However, there is another “pile” that isn’t physical, but mental, and that is the “why” pile.

  • Advice

    How to Think Beyond Your ‘Brand’

    In my twenty-five years as a career coach and marketing instructor for performing artists, I have been working in-depth in this very specific area long before “brand” became the buzzword in the corporate, and now artistic, world.