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    How Do You Collaborate With Actors?

    I  like to think of a play as a blueprint for a house. All of the people involved in the production help build the house. In the context of a new play, the actors are the heavy lifters—they are the ones laying the foundation, brick by brick, of the ...

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    Of All Your Performances, Which One Are You Most Proud Of?

    Two years ago, I did a Shakespeare play, "Pericles," for a small Shakespeare company in Seattle, with a director named Sheila Daniels. I played Thaisa, which is not a huge part, but from start to finish the production was one of the most collaborative.

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    Can Comedic Timing Be Taught, or Is It Innate?

    An acting teacher of mine (quoting an acting teacher of his, who was quoting an acting teacher of his, etc., ad infinitum) once said, "Emotion is to the actor what sweat is to the athlete."

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    What Does an Actor Need to Know Before Moving to New York?

    Moving to New York to pursue your career is the first step toward a promising future, but that future isn't always as rosy as it may appear from your hometown bedroom.

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    Do You Attend Workshops and/or Showcases?

    I love to attend showcases and workshops. The problem is allotting the time to do so.

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    How Do You Cast Biopics and Historical Figures?

    It's a much more specific demand when we're casting really current figures—figures in the media, very visible figures. They're not just in history; they're people our audience would know very well.

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    What is the Difference Between an Action, an Objective, and an Intention?

    Action is what an actor, playing a character, does or says to achieve an objective.  Objective is what the character wants, or what the character's goal is.  Intention, perhaps the most important job an actor has.

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    What Should an Actor Look for in a Headshot Retoucher?

    "The most important thing an actor should look for is a professional retoucher who also does headshots. Look for people who specialize in headshot retouching."  -- J. Jhaveri

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    Telsey Lately

    "He's really an artist" is how Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher describes casting director Bernie Telsey. "An artist is a person who looks at the world differently than other people, and Bernie does that through casting."

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    Fighting Fear

    I've had some success as an actor, but I wonder if this is the time to think about doing something else with my life. I keep worrying about this all the time, to the point where I can't sleep. What can I do?