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    What Are the Stakes of Your Audition?

    Ah, the odds. The chances. The stakes. To most actors starting out, auditioning can seem like a daunting, terrifying, and insurmountable responsibility. A contest. A game of luck and chance.

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    3 Common Audition Attitudes and How To Change Them

    Showing up is taking action for your career. It’s the physical presence at the appointment coupled with the emotional presence in the room. It’s being prepared to do your part of the job.

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    Why the Audition Is the Job

    Learn to prep for an audition fully, quickly, and efficiently. That doesn’t necessarily mean cold reading. Cold reading skills in an emergency situation can be helpful. But learn how to truly build a fully fleshed out and unique character quickly.

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    When Do Child Actors Need To Be Coached?

    Here are some guidelines to help you determine when to call in the specialist and when to leave things alone.

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    How To Act With Your Entire Body (Part 1)

    Many actors who I start to see in class or in casting scenarios are what I call “neck-up actors.” They may have made strong choices and on some level be doing good work, but it’s all being produced from the neck up.

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    4 Hot Tips For Being Off-Book

    For the first audition, we expect you to be completely familiar with the material, to have read the script if available, and to have made distinct character choices. You can look down at your sides for reference as long as your head isn’t buried in them.

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    10 Concepts To Change Your Perspective and Change Your Career

    Gwyn Gilliss offers tips for how actors can change their thinking and boost their career success.

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    3 Things Parents of Child Actors Need to Know

    In the youth market, there are things that parents should remember so we can always remain on the same page without encountering any problems.

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    3 Actors Who Inspire Me and Why

    One of the most powerful ways to create success is to learn from those who have paved a successful path before you. So I share this insight with you from some of my favorite artists.

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    Why Auditioning Is Not Acting

    I truly believe auditioning is a separate animal from acting. Acting is what you get to do once you get the part. Auditioning is something else entirely.