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    Why 'Acting Naturally' May Land You the Role

    I can learn more about you before and after the audition, than I can from the audition itself. This is not at all to imply that the audition is unimportant or insignificant. But you would be wise to consider that the entire experience is part of the audition as well.

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    Form Healthy Habits For Better Audition Results

    As an actor, your health has an especially relevant impact on everything from your looks to your audition anxiety. You only get one body in this lifetime, and yet many people are more aware of their car breaking down than they are about themselves.

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    4 Questions To Ask An Agent or Manager

    Before the meeting, think about some questions to get the conversation going. In my previous article on assembling your team, I suggested some contractual questions. Here are some more conversation starters to consider.

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    Why Not To Get Attached to Audition Outcomes

    When you’ve got an audition and you’re attached to an outcome of any kind - saying your lines a certain way, impressing the room, booking the role - you’re going to get into a state that’s more likely to sabotage the outcome than make it happen.

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    Introduction to Meditation for Actors (Part 2)

    Your whole audition can be made or broken by what happens during the first few minutes you spend with the sides. You only get one shot at reading a piece for the first time, and if your mind is agitated you have wasted a golden opportunity.

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    I'm Pregnant. Is My Career Over?

    First, congratulations! Please note that since our last census childbirth in the U.S. is down by three percent, so that makes you a rarity! Embrace it and have fun!

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    A 2013 Career Checklist for Child Actors and Parents

    As the calendar turns toward another year, it is a good time to refocus and reevaluate priorities within the entertainment business. We all have things we want to work on in 2013, and the following are some ideas that kids and parents can add to their list of resolutions.

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    Want To Book a TV Pilot? Here's How.

    In my acting, I’d try to pretend to be someone else being the “character.” So I’d play ideas or mimic famous people or show caricatures because how could I ever believe that someone would ever be interested in merely watching me? That could never be enough, could it?

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    Be the New Triple Threat: Actor-Writer-Producer

    Due to the Internet, showbiz has changed radically in the last three to five years. Self submissions? Paper headshots and resumes? Making rounds? That’s over. Change is good, but requires a different approach. You need to revise your marketing perspective. It’s a new world.

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    Make Choices in the Audition Room

    You can't rest on the laurels of basic preparation. Acting is storytelling, and it's possible the story can change during your audition. Who knows? Perhaps your look inspired them to make a revision specific to YOU.