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    How I Hit a Home Run Casting Kids for ‘Home Run Showdown’

    Director Oz Scott shares how he found child actors in Michigan for "Home Run Showdown."

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    Instincts

    I finally drummed up the courage to ask him what I really wanted to know: Why he had cast me out of all the dozens of young women he'd seen at the casting calls. "Because you were the only one who trusted yourself in the audition," he said.

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    The Wrong Method

    Al Pacino once said an acting teacher can ruin an actor. It's one of the most delicate things to instruct, and there are so many hacks out there, you have to be very careful whom you hire.

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    Setting Me Free

    Something was really wrong. I felt disturbed and abandoned by my own body. Please make this stop. I pleaded and then cried in the hallway. Alone. Panic gripped me.

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    A Sticky Situation

    As I eyeball the pasties, it hits me that I have—basically—just signed up to be a human mannequin for the day.  A half-naked one at that.

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    Balancing Motherhood, Marriage, and Acting and Enjoying It

    Actor, writer, teacher and mompreneur Cynthia Silver discusses the genesis for her hit one-woman show, "Bridezilla Strikes Back!"

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    Puffing on Illusion

    Some people do yoga. I hang out in a little cigar shop on Melrose Avenue. I come here to center myself, to think, to contemplate the meaning of my existence, and existence in general.

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    The Art of Transition is About Adapting

    Tony-winner Hinton Battle shares his artistic journey and discusses "Love Lies," part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

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    I Want Curtains!

    It was my first day in a new 'revolving door' apartment. You know: Actors who sublet from actors who took over rooms from other actors who decided they didn't want to be actors anymore.

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    Wearing Actor, Writer, and Director Hats in ‘6 Month Rule’

    Actor Blayne Weaver shares how he balanced actor, writer, and director jobs on "6 Month Rule."