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Audio of Interview with Actor, Eric Sheffer Stevens

Audio interview with actor Eric Sheffer Stevens. He chats with author Susan Dansby about how he got his job playing Reid on As the World Turns. Eric talks about the training he received in college, post-grad, private coaching, and paying his dues Off-Off Broadway. He takes us through audition process, revealing how he keeps his perspective when competing with other actors. Eric also chats about the adjustments he had to make to deal with the memorization requirements and the speed of soaps, and what he enjoyed about working in the genre.
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Since ATWT, Eric Sheffer Stevens Has Been a Poetry Prof, an Uptight Upper-Upper and More

Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens catches writer Susan Dansby up on what he’s been doing since his demise via train on As the World Turns. Continue reading

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Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens on Memorization, Medical Jargon and Other Soap Opera Challenges

Dr. Reid Oliver (As the World Turns) was actor Eric Sheffer Stevens’s first recurring role in a soap opera. Here, he talks with a writer from that show about how he coped with the huge amounts of complex text he had to memorize, his process of breaking down a script, and the freedom that came with having to work so fast. Continue reading

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Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens: Auditioning For – and Getting Cast As – Reid on As the World Turns

Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens talks about the actual audition process that led to his recurring soap role as Dr. Reid Oliver on As the World Turns. Eric shares a joke that helps him keep the proper perspective during auditions. Continue reading

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Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens: His Training, and Adjusting to Acting on a Soap Opera

Actor Eric Sheffer Stevens (who played the gay neurosurgeon, Reid Oliver, on the soap opera, As the World Turns, talks about his acting training in college. That training continued with private coaching, Off-Off Broadway roles, grad school, and even with his recurring role in the soap – where he exercised different acting muscles. Continue reading

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When Screen Tests Impress: How Two Soap Actors Got Parts They Weren’t Auditioning For

Assistant Casting Director, Kate Martineau Adams (formerly of As the World Turns) reinforces the view that a great audition can lead to getting cast for a great role – even a role you didn’t audition for. She gives two examples of actors who didn’t get the job they came in for, but still got hired. Continue reading

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Audio Recording with Casting Director Mary Clay Boland as Susan Dansby Asks: How Did You Get That Job?

Casting director, Mary Clay Boland, talks with author Susan Dansby about how she got started in the entertainment industry, and progressed through career changes from an internship in casting for theatre, to working on casting for films and television, to soaps – specifically daytime drama, As the World Turns, and beyond. Continue reading

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Audio Recording with Actor-Director-Playwright Anita Hollander as Susan Dansby Asks: How Did You Get That Job?

Listen as Actor-Director-Playwright Anita Hollander talks with writer Susan Dansby about how she got started as a child actor; how she dealt with a cancer diagnosis during college; losing her leg in her early 20′s; continuing her musical-comedy career; and how she wrote a play (performed at the White House) about how she’s Still Standing. Continue reading

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How Casting Directors Promote, Protect and Defend Actors During the Audition Process

Casting director, Mary Clay Boland (formerly of As the World Turns) discusses the audition process in soaps. She explains why it might be a good idea to go over your audition material with the casting director before you’re seen by producers. Continue reading

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Casting Director Mary Clay Boland Reveals How Theatre Actors Get Hired, Part 2

In Part 2 of this two-part interview, casting director Mary Clay Boland goes into more detail about how theatre actors are hired. She discusses how and where casting calls are posted, and how producer-director sessions determine who gets the jobs. Continue reading

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