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    Why Your Exit is Just as Important as Your Entrance

    In the business of acting, we usually talk about making an entrance. There’s a focus on how you enter rooms, start scenes, and begin working with people. Yet a very important factor in the unfolding of your life and career is how you exit.

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    6 Red Flags When Auditing Acting Classes

    I encourage all actors to audit classes when shopping for a new teacher. It’s a lot like dating. When looking for a new acting teacher, you’re looking for a new partner (just not a romantic one).

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    How to Book Work Now!

    This is not an easy time of year. For everyone. And because it's not easy, actors want answers. They want to know how to crack this code, to make it less painful, less traumatic, less ulcer-inducing.

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    12 Ways To Be a Proactive Actor

    Often you hear, he’s a great actor, but wow why is he/she so bitter? They must be having a bad day. You never want anyone to say that to about you!

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    Why Actors Misinform Other Actors: Ignorance or Deceit?

    Never—until I jumped the casting table from actor to director, casting director, and teacher—had I realized how much inept, incorrect, assumed information about the entertainment business and how-to-be-an-actor is spread by incompetent, misinformed actors themselves.

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    Why You Need To Take Control Of Your Acting Career

    One of the biggest obstacles in life is knowing whether to blend in or stand out. Should you listen to the "experts" or break your own trail?

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    Are You Ready For Representation?

    You should never pursue representation until you are confident that you are able to compete in the major areas of the industry: Film, TV and Theater. If you are too green, casting directors may remember, and your representative will have a hard time getting a second chance for you to ...

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    3 Ways To Take Ownership of Your Art

    Let's set your intention to open a new pathway to strengthen your inner artist. Here are ways to take ownership of your artistry.

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    Open Your Eyes To The Possibility In Your Life

    No one is putting limits on you. No one sees you as limited, except yourself. You could argue that out in the world you’re constantly being met with people trying to limit you.

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    8 Tips For Networking at Film Festivals

    On assignment at this year’s Berlinale, Casting Director Lana Veenker asked actors from a dozen countries for their top networking tips. Here is their best advice!