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    'Case' Study

    Though he's never had acting aspirations of his own, casting director Michael Testa feels a special kinship with actors.

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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.

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    #ICastIt AJ Vargas Helps Backstage Actors Make Their Mark

    Producer AJ Vargas shares how he pulled together a cast from Backstage that helped propel his short film "Song" to the semi-finals in the Producers Guild "Make Your Mark" Short Film Competition.

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    Acting Job Opportunities Lost and Won

    This actor knew that here was an opportunity to introduce himself to gate keepers. He was right to begin a conversation. Where did he go wrong?

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    Actor Angst: Getting Seen

    Just how do you get past the barbarian gatekeepers—re: casting personnel and/or agents—is often as frustrating as getting a NYC subway train that doesn't reek of urine.

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    Pass the Remote

    One might say that G. Charles Wright has spent his whole life preparing for a job in casting. "All my childhood was spent in front of a television instead of playing outdoors or doing homework," he says.

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    ‘Woman in Gold’ Casting Director Deborah Aquila’s 1 Reason Why Details Matter in the Audition

    Casting Director Deborah Aquila talks about finding actors to bring to life the moving story of Maria Altmann in "Woman in Gold," and shares why paying attention to the details of the role can make all the difference in casting.

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    Selling Excitement

    Los Angeles–based casting director Deborah Aquila has a special connection with actors: She studied acting at NYU and the Stella Adler in New York.

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    Risk Management

    Robin Lippin initially imagined her move to L.A. as temporary. Two decades and dozens of casting gigs later, Lippin still calls Hollywood home.

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    #ICastIt 1 Reason Improv Skills Matter in Casting

    Actor-comedian-producer, Mike Estime talks about the inspiration for his web series "All for Love" and why improv played an important role in finding the right cast.