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    Magic in the Chair

    If actors come with the goods to create the miracle in the chair, then they'll be forgiven for their lack of experience and knowledge about the proper way to do auditions.

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    Is 'Beautiful' the New 'Ugly'?

    The headshot is the passport into the casting director's office. It has to say something about who the actor is. A pretty headshot does not always serve the actor in terms of getting an audition.

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    #ICastIt: 1 Reason Less is More in Acting

    The "29 Palms" writer-director talks about casting the trailer for his new film and why sometimes understated is better if you want the part.

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    #ICastIt Phyllis Schuringa's No. 1 Auditioning Tip

    Geffen Playhouse casting director Phyllis Schuringa shares how she brought together a believable Irish cast for "The Night Alive" and offers advice for audition preparation.

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    Casting Director Accountability

    The response to my blog post "A Casting Director's Rude Behavior," which was characterized by Back Stage as "chastising," was overwhelming.

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    An Actor's Most Guarded Secret

    Actors often get round-a-bout questions in auditions by the hiring personnel who hold an interest for discovering an artist's age.

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    Acting Nuts

    Often when I venture upon this acting avenue with thespians—viewing what acting skills they have to show—the first presentation foray is just that: presentation.

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    Scout's Honor

    "Be prepared. You've heard it a million times, but it still slays me that actors think it's okay to walk in unprepared."

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    Actor Sexuality: A Career Impediment?

    Homosexuals can be the biggest homophobes in our industry.  Several weeks ago I received a disturbing note from a reader.

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    Northern Exposers

    Casting directors Kathy Mooney and Janet Pound came together last May to form Michigan's Pound & Mooney Casting. Their credits include the Michigan casting for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and the upcoming films Whip It!, directed by Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera; Demoted, with Sean Astin ...