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    Why Actors Need to Appreciate Regional Theater

    Harvey Young believes that real theater happens all over the country and all over the world, not just in major cities and on professional stages.

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    How to Determine If Your Child Is Ready to Be a Professional Actor

    Just because your child has a strong desire to act doesn't mean he or she is ready to be an actor.

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    Stop Fighting Your Success

    I can't count how many actors I've coached, at every career level, who come in telling me they’re doing all the right things, yet their vision of the future has been just that—a vision of the future. It hasn’t had the chance to become a ...

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    4 Acting Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'

    I don't know of anyone in the last several decades who hasn't heard of the "The Wizard of Oz," that wonderful musical journey down the yellow brick road with a teenage Judy Garland singing her heart out. Besides being entertaining, it teaches us four valuable themes about life.

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    How To Deal With the Industry Being ‘Unfair’

    Do you think that this business is unfair? OK, but please show me a business that isn't. Don't get me wrong, if I ruled the world every talented actor would be making their living acting, and roles would all be cast according to whomever is the best for ...

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    Why You Should Have Fun at Auditions

    Auditioning is a complex system and has many layers. It is a process and a process needs a strong technique to guide you through it. The technique that ignites and drives your process needs to be joyful, expansive, energizing, creative, and personal in order to work.

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    How To Find the Right Manager For Your Child Performer

    One of the questions I get asked most often by parents is about manager representation. This can be a confusing question to answer because figuring out who you want to represent your child should be supported by both personal and professional reasoning.

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    How Meditation Can Revolutionize Your Acting Career

    We can take a practice of meditation out into our very active and busy worlds on a daily basis. And when we do, not only will our lives improve, but we’ll begin to have awareness of where we get stuck in life.

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    3 Tips On Surviving as an Actor in this Business

    There are some truths that I have seen over and over in the decades that I've been in this business. Take them or leave them, here are a few!

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    Why Your Exit is Just as Important as Your Entrance

    In the business of acting, we usually talk about making an entrance. There’s a focus on how you enter rooms, start scenes, and begin working with people. Yet a very important factor in the unfolding of your life and career is how you exit.