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    Introduction to Meditation for Actors (Part 4)

    So far in this series, we have discussed the relevance of meditation to the audition process and introduced some basic techniques to quiet and focus the mind and relax the body before and during your preparation. In this final installment we’ll address the waiting room.

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    What To Do When You’re Too Sick To Audition

    The fact of the matter is, if your illness will affect your audition in ANY way, don't go. An audition that was less than your best is never excusable because you were sick; it is simply an audition at which you were less than your best.

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    10 Things To Do With Your Old Headshots

    New headshots! Hooray! Is anything better than getting new pictures that perfectly reflect who you are as a performer? But you have a crapload of old headshots leftover that cost you a small fortune and you can’t bring yourself to throw them away!

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    5 Things To Know Before Heading to Hollywood

    If you’re dead set on moving to Hollywood, make sure you know the five things Casting Director Lana Veenker says actors MUST have before declaring California or Bust.

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    9 Ways To Be an Acting Warrior

    When anyone urges you to give up your dream – even if they have all the good intentions in the world – recognize it for what it is: an attempt to manipulate, intimidate, and frighten you out of your goals. That is the kiss of death. You have to follow your dream ...

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    5 Excuses You're Making Not To Go to EPAs (Stop Making Them!)

    I recently worked with four Tony-nominated actors and an up-and-coming director at a great regional theater, and I was one of only three actors not pre-cast. I got this job from an EPA (Equity Principal Audition).

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    Stop Waiting and Live Your Life Now

    Stop waiting for things to get better or easier or less busy. Stop saying that you need to wait to be better prepared or more secure or more certain of yourself.

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    5 Places To Find a Great Monologue

    Last week I shared with you how to improve your child’s chances of making a great impression when choosing a monologue. Are you curious where to find some good material for that next big audition?

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    8 Ways To Survive the Dreaded Waiting Room

    Here are a few things you need to do to protect yourself from the elements and stay in your creative zone in order to do your best work.

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    How To Get an Agent To Respond To You

    To get an agent to respond to your marketing materials or to build your network of casting directors here are some tips.