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    Don't Cross the Line Online

    If you have a website, make sure you have something on it. There's nothing more annoying than going to a website and it says "Coming soon."

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    Rush for Success

    Having been an actor and worked on the other side of the table, I know how hard it is. For starters, it's so important to be realistic about your age range.

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    Actorfest LA: 3 Things to Know About CD Jeremy Gordon

    Casting director Jeremy Gordon (“We’re the Millers,” “The Wolverine”) will be one of dozens of top CDs appearing at Actorfest LA Dec. 15. Here are three things you didn’t know about him.

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    Accents at Auditions: Use 'Em or Lose 'Em?

    A reader inquired: "Paul, how important is it to use an accent at auditions?" In several audition scenarios I can foresee the utilization or avoidance of an accent.

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    Innovative Marketing Tool for the Actor

    In my 30-year career as a director, casting director and former actor, I have never once come across an actor who had a reduced, easy-to-pocket, up-to-date resume on them at all times.

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    Prepping for Pilots

    After apprenticing with some of the most prolific casting directors in the business, Brett Greenstein and Collin Daniel decided to join forces and strike out on their own.

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    Finding an Agent: Timing

    For unrepresented actors—or those wishing to change agencies—this is the most wonderful time of the year for finding your champion.

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    Don't Glamorize

    When it comes to us reading unsolicited submissions, however, it does boil down to what is going on in that particular period.

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    Keeping It Real and Unique

    Veteran casting director Erica Palgon says it's important to show what makes you special during auditions, and uniqueness is the key to getting cast.

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    Actors Pretending to Be Real People Pretending Not to Be Actors

    Thirty-one. That's the number of breakdowns via Breakdown Services released to talent agents in the past twelve months for reality programming seeking actors as 'real' people.