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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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    Common Mistakes

    "Doing too much in their montages. Even having a montage. Directors and casting directors really want to cut to the chase with you, not see little bits of everything you've ever done."

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    Who Has Taught You the Most About Acting?

    "Movies and television were my first teachers and taught me the most. There's a combination of all the great actors that I watched in movies and on television while growing up."

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    What Do You Know Now That You Didn't Know When You Started Casting?

    "In voiceover casting, I have learned that the actors who take a risk and fully commit to what they're doing usually get the part."

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    The Hollywood Closet

    I now have a chance to go to Hollywood, but I've been told I need to go way back into the closet if I want to be a leading man there.

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    Unmasked

    Sure, it's not impossible that a "Freaks and Geeks" spinoff will land at your feet, but for most auditions, acne is not considered an asset.

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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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    How Do You Cast Theater for Kids?

    Are you willing to be confidently idiotic in front of all of us? Because that's what we do. People who are willing to look dumb and be silly tend to be the same people who know how to handle kids.

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    How Do You Cast Superheroes?

    "With Peter Parker [in "Spider-Man"], it's interesting because he's sort of the anti-superhero. He's the nerd who becomes powerful against his will."

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    Learn About Acting as a Director?

    Once I began directing, I became more fully cognizant that what is truly engaging is the energy that exists between actors, or between an actor and the audience or the camera.