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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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    Welcome to the Theater

    Aside from always being on time and always being thoroughly prepared and doing your best, it's kind of up to the gods. The rest you have absolutely no control over.

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    Worshiping a Technique and/or Teacher (aka The Cult Factor)

    "Everything I say is right. Everything I say is wrong. There are many conflicting opinions in this industry. Don't take one person's word as gospel. Including my own. Take what works for you."

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    Paranoia, Phonies and 'Phrauds'

    When my visibility went from 'that guy behind the audition table' to Paul Russell, I fully realized just how cautious actors are about relatively unknown casting and other opportunities.

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    Small-Screen Selector

    Over the years, John Frank Levey has amassed an impressive array of Emmy and Artios awards for his work on such groundbreaking shows as "ER" and "The West Wing."

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    Agents: Another Option to Signing (Without Spending $$)

    How can you additionally pick the lock of the gatekeepers and land an agent? There's one more way to breaking down the vault door to your champion of talent: Me.

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    Political Play: Getting Ahead as an Actor

    Should represented actors—that is, those lucky enough to have an agent and/or manager—attend EPAs? Answer: Yes.

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    Actor Jealousy and Comparisons

    Comparisons, they happen. Especially in group settings such as the collaboration that is the performing arts. And they can destroy the harmony and productivity of any project.

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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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    Actors Generating Jobs Via The New Producers

    Nearly gone are the days of the sole producer who stumbles upon or nurtures an obscure project with an inevitable eye towards commercial presentation.