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Rob Decina is a casting director who has spent

b Decina is a casting director who has spent most of the past seven years wrangling talent for the soap opera Guiding Light. Before that, he worked for Warner Bros. Television, casting more than 40 pilots and working on such venerable shows as Friends and The West Wing. Decina will share his perspective and experience at Back Stage's Actorfest NY on Oct. 14 at the Marriott Marquis in Midtown. This week he talks with Simi Horwitz of Back Stage East and offers insights on the best ways to get work on a daytime drama. His advice is similar to that of many gatekeepers in the business—concentrate on the fundamentals of acting and just be yourself—but he also speaks about what it takes for soap operas specifically: being physically and personally appealing and having the ability to work on 250 episodes a year. To read more, turn to Industry Insider on Page 7. To register for Actorfest, a one-day event featuring seminars, panels, and networking with some of the industry's leaders, go to

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