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    Tell the Story To Book the Job

    While interviewing casting director Duncan Stewart, whose cast the upcoming Broadway revival of "Pippin," I was really struck by what he said was the number one reason someone books the job.

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    3 Acting Lessons From Lena Dunham

    Dunham's sudden burst of popularity and even her mere presence as a (relatively new) player in our industry is not only a breath of fresh air, but a treasure trove of lessons for you as an actor. Here are just three that pop to mind that can help you ...

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    5 Steps To Becoming An Oscar-Worthy Actor

    As an actor-entrepreneur in the entertainment business, it's important to be nominated or win an award. It's not just acceptance by the community; it's a signpost for others to hire you.

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    How To Know When You're Ready To Audition For a Pilot

    So if pilot auditions are in the cards for you this season, it’s important to have a way of working that not only takes care of the immediate needs of the scene, but will allow you to dig deeper and show the powers that be the potential of the ...

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    Why Letting Go Of Negative Thoughts Could Land You An Agent

    We often find living our creative lives (and the accomplishing of our goals) to be a haphazard experience. This is partly due to our mind’s many thoughts telling us we can’t have what we truly desire.

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    3 Steps To Booking The Roles You Deserve

    I like to call what Perlman is describing as one’s "tip." A tip is the unique fingerprint [or mark] of personality you leave on your performance. Here's how to make your mark on a performance and book the roles you deserve.

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    5 Tips For Performing Via Skype

    So, as many other artists, when I saw what Skype can do, I hurried to use it as a theatrical tool. The result is a show we call “Long Distance Affair," which is a show that we are presenting around the world and is in New York this month.

  • Advice

    How Changing Your Outlook Can Change Your Acting Career

    Start by taking a look at the “job-givers” you've worked with in the past. Make a list. Include the playwright, the commercial director, the film producer, etc. Now, ask one of those people to coffee.

  • Advice

    Why You Should Never Stop Playing 'Make-Believe'

    I would never discourage any aspiring actors from seeking some type of formal training (especially if they plan on acting in plays). But technique is the parachute you employ when you’re not working instinctively.

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    19 Lessons For Self-Reflection on a Snow Day

    Sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet moment to reflect on things that have inspired me.