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What Success Looks (and Sounds) Like

Kim Witman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

Too often, people who work exclusively with young professionals lose sight of the ultimate goal and think that excelling in our training environments is the same as possessing the goods to win in the world at large. Fatal mistake.

Leaving the Apartment: Was it Worth It?

Monica Wyche | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Monica Wyche

Two days ago, I wrestled with the Ergo baby carrier, our infant son successfully secured inside, and headed out to walk our dog. It marked the first t...

WATCH: Guess Who!

Posted 07.06.2012 | Entertainment

Today from the annals of the internet: A super scary Gerard Butler trying out for the role of Dracula, in "Dracula 2000," which was released in the ye...

The Waiting Room

Iliza Shlesinger | Posted 05.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Iliza Shlesinger

Wait on calls, wait for auditions, wait on customers. All actors are professional "waiters." Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to distract you from the fact that you're waiting because L.A. is the world's largest waiting room.

Joan Rivers Vs. Stage Moms On 'Joan & Melissa'

Posted 05.06.2012 | TV

Anybody who's seen stage moms know that they can get into intense arguments over the most benign things. On "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best" (Tue., 9...

To Compete or Not to Compete

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

As a singer, vocal competitions are a necessary way of gaining notoriety and funding. I was never really a competition winner. Even still, I had a twenty-year career at the Met.

Lucas Kavner

How Malick Built A Family In 'Tree Of Life' | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts

While a great deal of attention has been paid to the asteroids, opera, dinosaurs, and lava-spewing volcanoes that pepper long stretches of Terrence Ma...

Performers: Rock Your World

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.12.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Since 2004, Sherri Sanders has taught performers at Pace University, Syracuse University and the Paper Mill Playhouse to treat the rock musical audition with the same care as legitimate musical theater.

No Talent Beyond This Point

Alexandra Bromstad | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
Alexandra Bromstad

Young actors are potential commodities from the word go. They are not protected, encouraged, and trained, but instead sequestered, degraded, and dismissed until it will be lucrative to exploit them.

Apple Effect and Other Stories

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

The mystery store on North Avenue and Halsted has been unveiled and opens on Saturday, to teeming throngs no doubt. All thee roads around the immedia...

Auditioning for the Real World Is Too Real

Ryan O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ryan O'Connell

When you graduate from college, you often do things that compromise your dignity. Some people become telemarketers or work at American Apparel. I audition for reality shows like The Real World.

A Different Kind of P2P: The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Linda Constant

The Rhythm Road facilitates not only cross-cultural discourse but also provides an extraordinary platform for artists to emerge from their own localism and share what they do, face-to-face, with the unknown.

I Audition for Sparks in London, 1974

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Ron Chaplin Hitler, barely glancing at me, said in a cold, dismissive, and prissy tone, "Well, you're certainly overpowering, aren't you?"

Ashley Bell: The Last Exorcism Introduces the "Bendy" Girl

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Ashley Bell is the "star" of the new thriller The Last Exorcism. Talking to her, you find a warm, witty 24-year old who studied hard to make her character believable.

I Auditioned For a TV Game Show and Lived to Tell

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"I am not an animal; I am a human being!" The Elephant Man's anguished cry was intended to make his tormentors aware of his humanity. For it is th...

Glee to Create Spin-Off from Terrible Glee Audition Footage

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

The new Glee spin-off will feature hours of people's desperate attempts to laughably resemble the obviously very talented cast of Glee.

Apprentice Anyone

Roseanne Colletti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roseanne Colletti

Wondered why anyone would stand on line in a cattle call for the "Apprentice." Still not sure I know, but a lot of realty show hopefuls did just that today. Success and stardom are elusive things.

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Boston

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The ratings are in and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Idol is still incredibly strong. Idol reached 30 million viewers and even went up a bit in the 18-49 year old demographic.