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    CD Wendy O'Brien on What She's Looking For

    She currently handles "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Sons of Anarchy," "Men of a Certain Age," and "Teen Wolf," as well as slew of pilots—and she loves her job.

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    How to Cast an Equity Showcase

    Since 2005, casting director Joy Dewing has worked at Clemmons/Dewing Casting in New York. Back Stage asked Dewing for her advice on casting your own Equity showcase in New York.

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    Returning Actors: A Not-So-Welcome Back

    There is a harsh reality awaiting these actors hoping to return to the thespian fold. They will not be welcomed back with warm embraces and adulation by hirers and representatives of talent.

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    Actors Should be Prepared and Keep Chat Minimal

    I always look at unsolicited submissions for feature films. Those are always exciting for me, because I could meet an unrepresented actor who is just the person I need for a role.

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    Head Case: Actors Acting Against Their Best Interests

    To borrow and mangle-by-paraphrase Arthur Miller: Their craniums are living thoughts of quiet desperation with destructive speculations ricocheting off one another.

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    The Right Track for All Ages

    Always use common sense when contacting a casting director. Talent should know their boundaries and use proper etiquette.

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    How I Met Marisa Ross

    Marisa Ross knows comedy. The Los Angeles–based casting director for the hit CBS series "How I Met Your Mother," Ross is also casting with Alyson Silverberg the Fox pilot "Iceland."

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    How Failure Worked for Me

    For years I had a deeply personal secret. Only family and acquaintances I knew from the era of bell-bottom pants and Ford Pintos were aware of my shame: I failed seventh grade.

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    The Ugly of Our Trade

    Sue reminded me of the harsh realities of our trade: If the actors were not making money for the company or, as in Peter's case, not an easy sell, then it only made sense to let them go.

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    It's Gotten Nicer in New York

    New York commercial casting director Mary Egan-Callahan, of House Casting, originally thought she wanted to be an actor, until she landed a casting internship and fell in love with casting.