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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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    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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    Shark Attack on Sunset Boulevard

    In quick succession, five agents in five weeks have passed on representing me. They all used essentially the same reason:  "We have too many blondes with far more credits who are just like you."

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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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    Salt in My Eyes

    "You remember John, don't you?" Of course I did. How could I forget the man my grandmother referred to as "salt of the earth," who had been my uncle's best friend for 40 years—and who was now a successful Hollywood producer.

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    Giving Thanks

    If you were a doctor, nurse, or anyone forced to stay at Hackensack Hospital between 1993 and 1995, you likely saw my hallway renditions of Bell, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine and Pinocchio.

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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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    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."

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    Casting Myself

    I was willing to make one last big effort, and go out with a bang, so to speak. Making a feature film could be just that: One that I wrote and in which I appeared as the lead.

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    Just Say No

    An actor knows he can count on one sure way to land the audition of a lifetime—simply make plans for a much-needed, much-anticipated, much-looked-forward-to-and-carefully-planned trip.