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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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It's not your job to change the atmosphere of where you are.  It is your responsibility to manage your own feelings and get through the difficult times.  There are people who are dream killers.  Don't try to convince them of anything.  My advice -- stay away from them as much as you can and keep your eye on your long-term goals.

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Don't understand why you're not enthused about shooting your new webseries?  Wondering why you don't feel like going out and auditioning?  Everyone goes through those down times when we can't figure out why we aren't more excited about stuff we could be doing for our careers.  Wendy discusses this and a new resource that might help.

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You've heard it before, "Don't try to be funny."  Don't.

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Fragility of actors

I've been teaching 25 years and I see actors becoming more and more fragile. It's not helpful.  It hinders greatness.  Actors need to understand that just like athletes they have to toughen up to get on their game.

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