Career Dispatches

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    Facing Challenges, Past and Future

    "This is my last visit with you, and I wish I could give you every last piece of my experience, my joy, my successes, my ups and downs, so that you will have an easier time of it" - Beth Grant

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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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    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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    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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    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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    You've Got to Have Friends

    "While evaluating my December numbers, I noticed that I put together a solid month of activity during the hiatus of "30 Rock." " -- Richard Rella Jr.

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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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    A Love Letter to Gene Wilder, Before His Silver Screen Fame

    A love letter 55 years in the making, actress Jane Buchanan fondly remembers the summer she spent apprenticing in presence of the late, great comedic actor, Gene Wilder.

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    The Benefits of Producing Your Album Independently

    If you’re a singer hoping to release an album one day, Broadway’s Julie Benko (who’s debut album is available now) has advice on how to do it all yourself.

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    How Alexander Technique Helped Dianne Wiest Tackle One of Theater’s Most Difficult Female Characters

    In this week’s installment of Career Dispatches, Alexander Technique teacher Jessica Wolf recounts her experience coaching Dianne Wiest for Theatre For A New Audience’s rendition of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days.”