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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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    1 Reason Filmmaker Amy S. Weber Wants Fearless Actors

    Amy S. Weber shares why not writing any dialogue for her film about bullying led to the real emotional performances from the cast of "A Girl Like Her."

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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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    #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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    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 ...

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    The Cattle Call: Slaughter or Refuge?

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

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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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    #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.