Career Dispatches

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    Making a Success of It

    The year is halfway over, and though I have added more experience to my acting résumé, I think the number of rejections we all face is a constant reminder of how stiff competition is in this industry.

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    Not Waitin' on the World to Change

    Taking that leap of faith to pursue acting more seriously last year was not nearly as life-changing as the decision I made a few days ago: I quit my desk job.

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    'Low' Points and the Climb Back Up

    Do you ever feel that no matter how hard you try or how persistent you are, things still don't fall into place? I'm sure a majority of you that have nodded a frustrating "yes," just as I have.

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    The Busy Smell of Success

    What defines a successful actor? Having roles offered without needing to audition? Being labeled "A-list" in the tabloids? Winning an industry award?

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    Meet Your New Friends

    "While in college, I was the French-speaking, backpack-toting, soccer-playing, frat brother–partying, pre-med thespian desperately searching for his sanity."

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    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    I imagined my column would follow the ups and downs of my life as a young performer in New York City; instead, it followed the joys and challenges of my life as a full-time college student and actor from New Jersey.

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    A Healthy Harvest

    Ever since I started pursuing acting, there have always been nice and supportive people around me to whom I am very grateful. And who would have known that writing this column for Back Stage might end up landing me an acting job?

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    Ghosts Past and Present

    "When I turned the key to my grandmother's door a few weeks ago, I expected to find her waiting for me behind it as she always did. Instead, all I found was an apartment full of memories."

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    Reflection, Revival, and Renewal…and a Wedding Singer

    After staying with my agents for a little over a year, I got news from them informing me that they were planning to leave the business and close down the agency in a few months due to personal reasons. --Derek Lui

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    Powerful Influences, Decisions, and Memories

    "Sometimes, the most powerful word in an actor's toolbox is the simple word 'no.'"