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    What To Do When You’re Too Sick To Audition

    The fact of the matter is, if your illness will affect your audition in ANY way, don't go. An audition that was less than your best is never excusable because you were sick; it is simply an audition at which you were less than your best.

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    Are You an Auditioning Expert?

    When you get the chance to show the industry you best, most polished skills...take it.

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    5 Prioritizing Tips for When You’re Spreading Yourself Too Thin

    Balancing too many things at once? Try your best to prioritize your goals and keep yourself on track.

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    An Ode to Actors Everywhere

    If you're not sure if you should be yourself in auditions, interviews, or on set, just stop questioning. You are more than enough.

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    How To Act With Your Entire Body (Part 1)

    Many actors who I start to see in class or in casting scenarios are what I call “neck-up actors.” They may have made strong choices and on some level be doing good work, but it’s all being produced from the neck up.

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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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    3 Questions From Parents of Child Actors

    Jackie Reid answers questions about shy children, children with accents, and whether or not bringing sides to an audition is a good idea.

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    Why It's Important to Share Your Acting Career Goals

    A lot of actors shy away from talking about their career goals. They believe that they must protect their dreams from the naysayers who warn them of how difficult the business and how "realistic" you must be when it comes to your career pursuits.

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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.

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    Why Actors Need to Stay In the Moment

    Your emotional life is just as fluid—sometimes in a big way, and sometimes in a subtle way. The connection that you have to the various emotions you experience will shift. You are not emotionally the same person as you were yesterday.