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Honest conversations to determine if your relationship is supporting or hindering your acting career.

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Owning your niche

If you're a specific type, be fully prepared to own that niche.

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Learn to put your attention somewhere else than on yourself.

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Know the boundary between overfamiliarity and professional courtesy.

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Sexism in the acting industry is a huge topic and takes a lot of time to discuss.  It can also be really complicated.  It's not as simple as "standing your ground."  If you want to have a career and not be a victim of sexism, you'll have to chart your way through complicated waters.

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If you've ever felt intimidated by the actor who walks in exhibiting that "I already know these people" air, let it go.  Regardless of how they might come across, the actors who you find intimidating are possibly terribly insecure.  You can beat those feelings inside of yourself by calmly knowing you're the best in the room.  But you have to become the best in the room.

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Best practices for your auditions when it comes to using accents or other physical adjustments.

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An actor's voice can be one of his or her most attractive traits.  It can also become a great disadvantage when it is too manipulated, overly character-y or obviously projecting the sound of feeling when no real feelings are present.

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Yes, there comes a time when actors need to identify themselves as working actors.  There are also plenty of times when making more money is a reality that actors need to face.  It takes a certain type of confidence to take yourself out of the marketplace -- to train, to plan for a move, etc.  But sometimes that time out of the marketplace sets you up for a much bigger leap in your career.

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During his many interviews with Charlie Rose, Robin Williams shared some basic tips he learned from others in the industry.  They are the same skills we strive to create in Meisner courses -- be reminded of how important they are.

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