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    What Are Some Inspiring Client Success Stories?

    "The industry and its demands can turn an actor's love of acting into something painful. It's so important for an actor not to lose sight of the fact that acting is fun."

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    Why Are You a Casting Director?

    "My whole reason for being, practically almost my mission in life, is to get the actor to the next level. They would make it there without me, but to be able to help push it through a little sooner."

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    Actor Training Abroad?

    "I would say the gung-ho attitude toward the work would be the most obvious difference between training abroad and training actors here in the U.S." -- Ron Burrus

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    How Do You Cast Family Dramas?

    Television's very fast. If we're lucky, we usually have some time -- maybe eight weeks -- when we're doing the pilot and picking the series regulars.

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    No Bells and Whistles

    Marc Hirschfeld, who heads Marc Hirschfeld Casting, knew from an early age that he wanted to do something in the industry, without knowing precisely what it would be.

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    What Prompts You to Cast Against Type?

    I was asked several years ago by Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis to consider directing a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with a black actor playing the lead.

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    Why I'm Producing 'Love and Human Remains'

    Producer Jen Rudolph explains the passion for Brad Fraser's play that has prompted her to produce it for a second time, this time at the Peter J. Sharp Theater at Playwrights' Horizons.

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    Typed Out?

    I want to stretch, to play parts that challenge me, but I seem instead to always be cast in similar roles. It's undermining my self-confidence. Am I kidding myself about my acting talent?

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    How Do You Prepare Your Students for Life After College?

    "It's called show business, not show art, so I encourage students to approach it as such. They are each the head of their own company: the company of me."

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    How Do Actors Teach You About Their Character?

    Every actor I work with shows me something about the character, and often the play, that I did not see initially. Andréa Burns, who played Daniela in "In the Heights," is a perfect example.