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    If I Ruled the World

    Actors be warned! I've finally pulled it off. On the first of April, a statute goes into effect that bans one-person shows from being performed in the city of Los Angeles.

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    Young Actors and the Way In

    I have been teaching young people for the past 15 years how to find their way into acting. This calls for a far different set of skills than with the adult students.

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    Random Thoughts

    If an actor gives a bad performance onstage and there's no one in the audience to see it, did the actor really bomb?

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    What Are the Chances?

    I'll be 36 or 37 when my training is completed. Instead of committing two years to full-time actor training, should I choose instead to study part time while pursuing acting work?

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    The Seven Deadly Singing Sins

    As a voice teacher, I have seen students come to my studio with many of the same problems. I have traced quite a few of these problems to a basic group of mistakes and incorrect beliefs.

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    Casting Roles with Nudity or Sex?

    Quite a few actors won't come in if there's nudity for a part. A lot of the time, producers and director will say, "Oh, they'll want the part enough that they'll do the nudity." No, they won't.

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    Those Devilish Deduction Details

    You should always consider itemizing your tax deductions, because most actors spend considerable sums on their careers in the course of a year.

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    Rachel McLaughlan... Got the Part

    Rachel McLaughlan dove into her routine of looking through casting notices in Back Stage. She searched with mouse clicking online and pen circling in print.

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    The Baby and the Bathwater: Stanislavsky Teaching Today

    Rumor says Lee Strasberg drove his students and those at the Actors Studio to breakdowns because of his obsessive insistence on emotion memory as the most effective trigger.

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    How I Met Marisa Ross

    Marisa Ross knows comedy. The Los Angeles–based casting director for the hit CBS series "How I Met Your Mother," Ross is also casting with Alyson Silverberg the Fox pilot "Iceland."