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Stop Telling Yourself Lies About Your Career!

If only we could stop telling stories that contradicted our hearts, who would we be?<p>Amazing Adventurers. Dynamic Doers. Beautiful Bad-Asses. …

Los Angeles

The 1 Thing Actors Aren’t Doing in Their Auditions

Playing.<p>That’s the thing. What happened to that?<p>Since the beginning of time, that’s the real reason to be an actor. When did we lose this sense of …

Los Angeles

Bryce Pinkham's 7 Strategies for a Long and Successful Acting Career

Five years ago, Bryce Pinkham made an acting five-year-plan of sorts.<p>Just out of the MFA program at Yale, Pinkham gave himself half a decade to …

Graduate School

5 Top Acting No-Brainers

Think you know everything there is to know about an acting career? Think again. Here are five "no-brainers" that I am constantly surprised most …

Why You’re Not Getting a Callback

I got an e-mail from a very sweet, young actor who is just out of college. She had an audition last week and thought it went well because the casting …

Reality TV

An Inside Look at the Casting Process

Many people have asked me lately, “How does the casting process work?” Actors are always curious about what goes on behind closed doors, so here is …

7 Things You Should Know Before You Accept an Audition

Today's column focuses on the business of acting, rather than the art. Due to a recent booking issue with an actor and an agency, I initially wanted …

Woody Harrelson

21 Things That Make Casting Directors Happy in the Audition Room

Casting directors are your advocates and champions. Your wonderful work makes us look good and actually gets the role cast. Your disconnected, …

How To Get Casting Directors To Find You

You wonder how casting directors are going to find you. Of course you do! Whether you have an agent or not, you’re out there ready to go to work and …

Art Galleries

Mark Cuban Found Not Liable For Insider Trading

Cuban was accused of selling his shares in an internet company called mamma.com in 2004 based on private information relayed to him from the CEO, avoiding $750,000 in losses.<p>The SEC was searching for a civil penalty. The AP described the crux of the case weeks ago:<p>The SEC's key piece of evidence is …

Insider Trading

How your Facebook habits could benefit your workflow

We revert to dusty, expensive habits when communicating with employees and colleagues.<p>We live in a world where we are absolutely inundated with social media.<p>People tweet about the new movie “Gravity” and post about that great dish from dinner last night. We're reading articles recommended by our …

U.S. Dollar To Remain Strong After Debt Ceiling Crisis: Analysts

<b>(Kitco News) -</b>With the U.S. government finding a resolution to its debt ceiling crisis, currency experts are expecting to see new momentum for the U.S. dollar.<p>Noon Wednesday the U.S. Senate agreed to raise the debt ceiling until February 7 and pass a temporary budget to fund government operations …

HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Billionaire Philanthropist Is Selling His Central Park Penthouse For $48 Million

The 5,600-square-foot apartment is at the top of the Prásadá building on New York's 65th Street and Central Park West.<p>Stryker originally paid $12.8 million for the two neighboring apartments back in 2002, which was at that time the most expensive apartment purchase in the history of the Upper West …

Real Estate

Mobile Is The Future Of Payments — Here's Why There's Virtually No Ceiling To The Opportunity

The habit of paying for things on smartphones and tablets is already ingrained in modern consumer society, particularly among young demographics. In the same way digital payments companies like PayPal helped usher in the PC-based e-commerce explosion, mobile-focused companies are exploring how to …

FinTech

3 Telltale Signs You're On The Wrong Career Path

If I were to distill my five years of working as a career coach into one simple lesson, it would be this: The knowledge of your best career path will not magically drop into your brain one day in a blazing flash of insight. Instead, it’s something you will discover incrementally, over time, through …

Two Colored Diamonds Fetch $10.3M At Christie's Auction

The diamond engagement ring that Kris Humphries gave to Kim Kardashian prior to their ill-fated marriage provided lots of headlines for Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels auction. However, its $749,000 sale price was the 12th highest result in Tuesday’s sale.<p>The top lots among the 389 lots …

OBAMA: 'WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THE HABIT OF GOVERNING BY CRISIS'

Obama's statement came just after the Senate passed a bill Wednesday night to fund the government through Jan. 15, 2014, and suspend the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. It now heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass with mostly Democratic votes.<p>Obama thanked leaders …

The White House

Stocks Surge As Short-Term Deal Approved To Reopen Govt

U.S. stocks surged higher on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans in Washington agreed on a short-term deal to reopen the Federal Government for 13 weeks through January 15 and raise the U.S. debt limit for 16 weeks through February 7.<p>The deal was approved by votes in the Senate and in the House …

How Searching For The Big Score Usually Loses You Money

Have you ever thought of how your life would be if you struck it rich? Let’s say you won a US$300 million lottery jackpot. Or, your fledgling company gets bought out… sort of like what happened to Instagram. Or, your long shot investment pays off 500 to one.<p>Have you ever contemplated a “big score?” …

How Real Estate Investors Can Protect Themselves From The IRS

<i>Thanks to the new ObamaCare Medicare surtax, real estate investors now have an additional reason to try to</i> <i>qualify as “real estate professionals”. The 3.8% surtax, which kicked in January 1, applies to “investment” income—including rental income and capital gains– to the extent a couple has modified</i> …

17 Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front …

Groundfloor unveils 'Lending Club for real-estate' so you can get richer, faster (exclusive)

Groundfloor wants to take power away from banks and put it in the hands of the people.<p>The startup is building a peer-to-peer platform that gives regular people opportunities to invest in real estate projects. It is emerging out of stealth mode today and opening up to private beta.<p>Founder Brian …

Home

Real Estate Investing With Cash? Why You Should Reconsider

Home prices are finally starting to rise, but not so much or so quickly that the great deals are disappearing. In fact, right now many investors have moved back into the market buying up properties that they will either rehabilitate and resell or rent out for cash flow. With interest rates still …

7 Big Home-Buying Deal Breakers

The real-estate ripple effect

Some areas of the world are still a bargain for buyers.<p>Almost six years after the US real estate bubble burst and set off a deep financial crisis, properties in some areas are rebounding to pre-recession levels. This could good news for non-US real estate markets, as well.<p>In May, average <b>US home</b> …

Real Estate

Surprising foreclosure hot spots

While housing markets across the country are recovering from the deepest throes of the foreclosure crisis, others are just stumbling into it -- and they aren't exactly the places you'd expect.<p>States like Maryland, Oregon and New Jersey, which maintained relatively stable markets after the housing …

How to Invest in Real Estate

Many investors like the idea of investing in real estate. Real estate has the allure of being considered “tangible.” After all, you can touch it, and …