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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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If you play the adjectives, you'll end up with a caricature and that's never believable.

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Using endearments like "love," "dear," "sweetie," etc. is just wrong in this industry.  Please don't do this until you are least on a first name basis with someone.  Even using a person's first name can be presumptuous.  Better to err on the conservative side and wait until a name is given to you to use.  People like to say, "Oh, you can call me by my first name."

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Mickey Rourke was given a second chance but do not romanticize the stories you hear on the Actor's Studio and think that your bad behavior will be tolerated.  Being difficult to work with can sabotage your career.

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When to quit

It's really hard to know when to quit.  If your pursuit of an acting career enriches your life, I say 'keep going.'  But when it becomes a drain -- when it is preventing healthy living and actually killing your spirit -- get out!  Your life is too important. 

Take 48

Sometimes being ready to shoot the best take just takes some time.

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Sometimes students complain about friends who disparage their Meisner training by saying things like "Sounds like a cult!"  When actors make a commitment to training, sometimes it means giving up Friday nights out with friends in favor of rehearsing or prepping for that Saturday class.  Sometimes significant personal growth shows on the actor's face, as he talks enthusiastically about his new experiences.  And those experiences can threaten other people -- especially other actors.  So don't concern yourself when someone refers to Meisner as a cult.  It's not.  But it does demand a singular focus on becoming a great actor.

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