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    Head Case: Actors Acting Against Their Best Interests

    To borrow and mangle-by-paraphrase Arthur Miller: Their craniums are living thoughts of quiet desperation with destructive speculations ricocheting off one another.

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    Doing It Your Way

    Jason La Padura made his Broadway debut as an actor in William Inge's "Summer Brave" before turning his talents to roles behind the scenes, including stage manager, production manager, and assistant to the director.

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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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    Becky Lythgoe’s No. 1 Reason to Attend an Open Call

    Becky Lythgoe shares why it's important for actors to attend open calls as she talks to Backstage about casting a concert version sampling of the Lythgoe Family Productions' holiday Panto shows.

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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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    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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    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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    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.