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    Create a Winning Acting Mindset

    Often actors limit themselves from a lack of knowledge of how the business works. There are actors just starting their careers who screen test and get major parts. It may not take years to get a breakout role.

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    How To Go From a C-List Actor to an A-List Actor

    There is no secret but that hasn't held back the gallons of ink that have been spilled here and elsewhere trying to give insight as to how to get through that golden door. Most of the advice is exactly as good as all the rest, and precisely none of ...

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    Why the Audition Is the Job

    Learn to prep for an audition fully, quickly, and efficiently. That doesn’t necessarily mean cold reading. Cold reading skills in an emergency situation can be helpful. But learn how to truly build a fully fleshed out and unique character quickly.

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    When It Is OK To Work for Free as an Actor

    Casting director Heidi Levitt shares the importance of working for "experience" instead of pay and how it can help a young artist's career.

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    Why Social Media Is Important For Your Career

    Twitter is a place to connect to my community. It's a place to learn from those that I'm following, hear their needs, and contribute great content.

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    Why You Need to Do It Yourself

    The truth is that actors are innovators by nature – a core skill is the ability to reinvent yourself and to create a character. But, it is more and more clear that with the changes in technology and the need to search and create opportunity, actors must take the reins of ...

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    What Actors Can Learn From Door-to-Door Salesmen

    Robert Curtiss shares what lessons actors can take away from door-to-door salesmen.

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    4 Ways to Determine if an Offer is Too Good to Be True

    Erin Cronican wants to make sure you don't fall for an offer that's too good to be true!

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    Don't Audition. Showcase.

    Why do I call it a "showcase" instead of an "audition"? Because this is your time to shine! This is what you moved to L.A. for!

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    How to Think Beyond Your ‘Brand’

    In my twenty-five years as a career coach and marketing instructor for performing artists, I have been working in-depth in this very specific area long before “brand” became the buzzword in the corporate, and now artistic, world.