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    Changing Your Look?

    "I open someone's headshot online and I see a multitude of hair colors...and I don't know which girl I'm bringing in," says longtime L.A. casting director Ava Shevitt.

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    #ICastIt 1 Reason You May Not Need a Long Resume to Get Cast

    Director Sarah Devlin talks about why she was more interested in actors' auditions than their résumés when casting her short film, "Window Shopping."

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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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    #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 3 Tips to Show You're a Pro from Director C. Ryanne Domingues

    If you've ever been an assistant in Hollywood, producer-director C. Ryanne Domingues says this is the new musical for you. Domingues shares tips on how to be a pro at a musical theater audition.

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    Being Real

    All casting directors talk about the importance of a headshot looking like the actor, but this is essential for actors interested in appearing in independent films.

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    The Ugly of Our Trade

    Sue reminded me of the harsh realities of our trade: If the actors were not making money for the company or, as in Peter's case, not an easy sell, then it only made sense to let them go.

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    Emily Schweber on ‘Dream’ Casting

    Emily Schweber shares the excitement of putting together a "dream" cast of actors in their 60s-80s for Brett Haley's "I'll See You in My Dreams" starring Blythe Danner.

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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.