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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.

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    Why Technology Is the New Casting Industry Standard

    Since I'm involved with actors worldwide, I've seen a shift lately in terms of an abundance of "too-good-to-be-true" casting notices, i.e. sites that claim that if you pay their membership fee they will introduce you to casting directors.

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    7 Things To Do Every Morning

    As we recently entered 2013, I offer my suggestions to add to your New Year’s resolutions. My list of "7 Things To Do Every Morning" will help you to run your business more effectively and be more efficient and productive.

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    How To Know Which Pilot Season Roles You're Right For

    We are coming into an amazing pilot season. Most actors would love to see themselves in a series lead role. It is vital to understand the steps to get there. And to get real with yourself on what step you are on.

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    Why Actors Act Against Their Best Interest

    We all, at various detours of our journeys, pull ourselves into these destructive weigh-stations of negative reflection. Yet when that nagging inner-voice routes its phantom calling to our cranium, we sometimes have the tendency to wallow in the false comfort of empty self-pity.

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    Introduction To Meditation For Actors (Part 1)

    In the next couple of weeks I will share some of the steps of the Meditation for Actors practice. I hope you’ll join me. It’s a beautiful and powerful journey.