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    4 Tips for Memorizing Lines for Young Performers

    Reading and acting are completely different. Someone may be a great reader but a so-so actor or vice versa. If reading is getting in the way of acting, then memorizing lines may be what your child needs to do in order to have a successful audition.

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    How To Become More Charismatic

    Can charisma be learned? It is certainly up for debate, and I don’t profess to know the answer. However, I do know that one of the most bewitching traits of charismatic people is their ability to make whoever they are talking to feel special and important.

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    Why You Should Find a Day Job in the Industry

    Acting is a tough business. While you are building up your chops and doing all those student films, you have to make a living somehow. You want a job that makes you available for your acting classes and auditions. I get it. OK, now forget it.

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    Why 'No' Really Means 'Yes' In Your Acting Career

    Hearing “No” isn’t really that big a deal. But when we associate it with incorrect interpretations in our left hemisphere – we make them mean, “I’m talentless.” “It’s never going to happen for me.” “I suck.” And then we immediately let the “No’s” defeat us.

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    3 Simple Steps To Writing a Terrific Twitter Bio

    A terrific Twitter bio is possible when you rely on key words, showcase your acting credibility, create a connection by sharing something personal, and using some creative editing techniques.

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    How To Slate For The Best First Impression

    Your slate tells those viewing your audition if you are “cast-able." Much of that decision to watch past your slate is based on whether your physicality fits their specs and whether the viewing public will identify with you or aspire to be you.

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    Find The Moment Before 'Zero'

    When you rehearse a scene over and over again, it’s easy to get stuck in the emotional place at the end of the scene instead of rewinding to where you were at the beginning.

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    9 Elements That Make a Great Monologue

    Monologues are always the most difficult auditions to pull off successfully so be prepared. Follow these winning strategies when choosing one.

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    How To Discover Your Inner Truth

    Here’s one of my favorite questions I ask my students to think about when working on a scene: What is your character’s unspoken truth? What is it your character is afraid to reveal about himself?

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    3 Ways Hosting Is Different From Acting

    As actors we have to recognize what the hosting jobs require of us is both similar to and different from acting.