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    5 Steps To Becoming An Oscar-Worthy Actor

    As an actor-entrepreneur in the entertainment business, it's important to be nominated or win an award. It's not just acceptance by the community; it's a signpost for others to hire you.

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    Don’t Let Your Location Be a Career Obstacle

    Living far away from the action shouldn't stop you from being a successful working actor.

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    You Never Know Where An Audition Will Lead

    If your agent or manager gives you an audition, go on it! It doesn’t matter if you think you are too tall or too blonde or too fat or too good to do one line. You never know where any opportunity will take you.

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    How To Find Your Acting Sweet Spot

    Your sweet spot is the specific behavior you propel into a character that’s singular to you. Your ability to recognize it and then radiate it to your audience is your launching pad for tangible artistic success.

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    10 Ways for Actors to Survive the Holidays

    Make the most of the holiday season and new year. If you stay in touch with your inner life, celebrate in moderation, are accepting of others, and connect with generosity, you'll survive anything that the holidays can throw at you.

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    5 Ways to Help Young Actors Deal with Rejection

    This is a tough business, and it's important to teach actors that from a young age!

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    How Acting Affects Your Self-Esteem

    It is a socially accepted way to fulfill the need for attention and approval, and I think most would agree that the sound of applause is thrilling, empowering, and sometimes addicting.

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    3 Improv Tips for Non-Improvisers

    I often get the chance to use improv in on-camera auditions, and it seems just as often, I’m auditioning with people who have never taken a single improv class. So here are three quick tips for you non-improv actors.

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    Use Your Fear To Fuel You

    So, how do you engage your fear? The typical response is to try not to feel afraid. This usually makes it worse because of the increased conflict with your own being. The key with fear is how you "frame" it, i.e. what meaning you put on fear.

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    3 Ways To Create a Path to Success in the New Year

    In the thirty years I’ve been in the film business, I’ve discovered some crucial steps needed for the journey to be successful. Here are three simple ways to create a clearer path to success in 2013.