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    21 Things That Make Casting Directors Happy in the Audition Room

    Casting directors are your advocates and your champions. Your wonderful work makes us look good and gets that role cast. Your disconnected, tentative, muddled work does nothing for anyone. We need you to be great.

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    How to Memorize Lines Fast

    Have an audition tomorrow? Here are three great ways to get those lines memorized!

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    7 Tips for a Better Headshot

    In this business, a great headshot is imperative. Is yours as great as it could be? Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton fills you in on what every great headshot needs.

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    6 Books Every Actor Should Have on the Shelf

    Between my Kindle and my bedside table, I have perused and read far too many books to list in one article. However, I’d like to recommend six “must haves” for aspiring and working actors alike.

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    26 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Part

    Since this is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive and the one that hangs you up the most and twists you into knots as an actor and a creative being, let’s get into it.

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    The 10 Best Survival Jobs for Actors

    Are you a working actor who needs a side job to make ends meet? Waiting tables is not your only option! Backstage Expert Matt Newton breaks it down.

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    6 Steps to Writing a Great Bio

    A bio is a summary of the highlights of your career—your training, credits, and something about you personally, i.e. what you do when you are not acting. It tells the industry in sentence form—unlike the columns in your resume—what roles you can play and how to ...

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    3 Reasons a Theater Degree Is Important

    We need a new and more effective way of talking about the value and power of a degree in the performing arts. Here are three reasons why a degree in theater is important.

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    7 Signs of a Casting Scam

    Be suspicious when an advertisement, webpage, or person claiming to represent a casting agency uses one of these telltale strategies to lure you in and take your money.

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    4 Ways to Nail Down Your Type

    Before you can embrace your type, you need to figure out what it is!