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08/31/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Hemmer Talks About CNN Audition

Applying to be an anchorman is a lot like auditioning for a movie role; you need to send in a reel of clips and oftentimes try out in front of the camera. "When I was applying at CNN, I had to do a live audition where they messed up the teleprompter to see how I handled it on the fly. And they'd send breaking news my way to test my ad-libbing skills." You also need an agent, explains Hemmer, because they know how to negotiate your contracts when you get hired.

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