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    Chris Reese

    From a March notice in Back Stage, L.A. actor Chris Reese got cast as a 17-year-old piano player in writer-director Sharon Graine’s play “Truck Stop Café.”

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    What Acting Teacher Inspired You?

    Sande Shurin—who wasn't my first teacher but was the first teacher who made me deal with me—stopped me in my tracks. I learned how to become present in a way I had never experienced.

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    Virtual Auditions: Future or Fad?

    More casting directors are using video submissions, but the real deal still matters most.

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    Why a Good Headshot Is Important for Commercial Actors

    A good headshot is crucial to your success as a commercial actor. It’s important to get new headshots every few years, or sooner if you change your hair or appearance.

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    Getting an Extension

    There continues to be the perception that getting an extension allows you to put off both filing your tax return and paying your taxes until the extension deadline of Oct. 15. It's not so.

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    Jacqueline Paige...Got the Part

    "I look at this quite strategically," says Jacqueline Paige in reference to her increasingly well navigated (if not yet extensive) acting career. "I'm excited, but I do realize this is a business."

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    Jonathan Le Billon... Got the Part

    When actors dream of the roles they hope to get, they probably know deep down that they're also going to have to pay their dues, playing roles that bore them to tears.

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    Whom to Recommend Plastic Surgery For?

    "I have no problem with plastic surgery—you can have remarkable results. But if you are under 24, turn the page. I think you are too young." -- Lynda Bensky

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    An Actor's Most Guarded Secret

    Actors often get round-a-bout questions in auditions by the hiring personnel who hold an interest for discovering an artist's age.

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    Facing Your Audition

    The most common cosmetic mistake women make when going to an audition is putting on far too much makeup, says Emmy-nominated makeup artist Debbie Zoller.