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    Give Me Your Height, Not Your Cooties

    I don't want anything smacking us in the face or taking away from your performance. You don't want to have something on your T-shirt while you're reading, because that's going to be distracting.

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    Matthew Jon Beck Finds Voices for ‘Legends Of Oz’

    Matthew Jon Beck found a perfect blend of up-and-coming voices and celebrities to bring to life Dorothy and her friends in Oz for the animated musical "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," which hits theaters May 9.

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    The Business of Auditioning

    I've sort of become the Sherlock Holmes of reading résumés. My job as a casting director is to present the very best talent available for the project.

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    Fair Wages? Are Actor Unions Fairly Serving All Actors?

    There's been an alarming shift towards lower actor wages within the unions. And too many members of AEA and SAG have been complacent about it.

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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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    Actors: Ill-Mannered and Indebted

    Several months ago as I was going through the piles of actor mail I came across a familiar piece of "Thanks for the audition... " correspondence but it had an odd twist.

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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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    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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    Audition As If You're Rehearsing

    Todd Thaler launched his career as a casting director 25 years ago by overseeing background casting for Woody Allen, a position he held on 14 of Allen's films.

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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.