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    Angels and Whores

    If film directors can have a director's cut of a movie when released for DVD, what about authors with manuscript material that may have been cut because it was considered too controversial?

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    Doing It Your Way

    Jason La Padura made his Broadway debut as an actor in William Inge's "Summer Brave" before turning his talents to roles behind the scenes, including stage manager, production manager, and assistant to the director.

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    Mark Saks Makes 'Good'

    Mark Saks' résumé goes from comedy ("The George Carlin Show") to drama ("Numb3rs") and back again. His current projects include "Medium" and "The Good Wife."

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    How to Lose an Agent and Manager in 10 Minutes

    The agent warned the actor, "I don't like the way this relationship is developing between us. This is not something I'm comfortable with."

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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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    The Casting Couch: Real and Virtual Foreplay

    A reader recently reached out to me asking for guidance on a taboo subject. What is it? The casting couch. The practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer.

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    Theatrically Inclined

    Over the course of her career, Studio City, Calif.–based casting director Beth Holmes has been tasked with tracking down a 75-year-old diver, a bona fide bullfighter, and "a 5-foot-tall wrestler of Latino heritage."

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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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    The Business of Auditioning

    I've sort of become the Sherlock Holmes of reading résumés. My job as a casting director is to present the very best talent available for the project.

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    The King of Commercials

    With 3,500 spots under his belt and a decade-and-a-half stint as president of the Commercial Casting Directors Association, there's no question that he knows his way around the ad world.