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    Discipline and Freedom of Expression

    Believe it or not, discipline and freedom can live together in harmony.

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    The No. 1 Question Aspiring Filmmakers Ask

    Director Zack Parker, whose latest thriller “Proxy,” co-starring Joe Swanberg, hits theaters and VOD April 18, writes a guest column about working in independent film.

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    How Much Are You Worth?

    Wow, what an uncomfortable question! It is important to ask it of ourselves, to assess our own self-worth as well as to understand how others may assess us.

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    19 Lessons For Self-Reflection on a Snow Day

    Sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet moment to reflect on things that have inspired me.

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    Transitioning from Child to Adult Actor

    Transitioning from child to adult actor is never easy, and kids need support from parents above all else.

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    The 5 Stages of Casting for the Fringe Festival

    The playwrights behind “The Internet!: A Complete History (Abridged)” give a glance into the process of producing a show for the iconic New York International Fringe Festival.

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    Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Actors

    Actors can be supportive and encourage each other in this business, but actors can also feel competitive with each other. Some actors will get breaks that you did not, and others may become quite successful while you are still slogging away in a restaurant job or just trying to make ...

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    Find the Love In Your Scene

    One of the biggest criticisms I have, especially with teenage actors, is that they are missing the love in their scene. It is easy to be nasty and bitchy, but if they can’t find even an ounce of love, they are unlikeable.

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    Introduction to Meditation for Actors (Part 4)

    So far in this series, we have discussed the relevance of meditation to the audition process and introduced some basic techniques to quiet and focus the mind and relax the body before and during your preparation. In this final installment we’ll address the waiting room.

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    Introduction to Meditation for Actors (Part 3)

    In order for meditation to be beneficial, you have to do it, and do it with some degree of consistency. It's also important that your practice doesn’t feel like a chore but instead feels relaxing, nurturing, and energizing.