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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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    Should Clients Produce Their Own Work?

    "In Hollywood, a talent can be waiting forever to get a callback. Everyone and anyone, including the gas station attendant, is in the biz. The competition is fierce." -- Daniel 'Big D' Mahan

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    Worst Advice?

    Eight years, several leading roles in films, incredible stage runs, and creating my own film festival later, I can say that walking out of that jerk's office was the best thing I could have done.

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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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    Marci Liroff on the Life of a Casting Director

    In a new Q&A series on her Facebook page called "Inside the World of Casting," Hollywood casting director Marci Liroff is currently answering questions from a college student.

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    VIDEO: Casting Director Marci Liroff on Headshots

    Back Stage's Jessica Gardner recently caught up with casting director Marci Liroff at the SAG Foundation, asked her what makes a great headshot. Her answers may surprise you.

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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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    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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    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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    Learning from Other Actors?

    What have you learned by looking at other actors' careers and what could other actors learn from your career?