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    Q: What can I do to break out of the ensemble? Where should I focus my training energy? —Mariah R., new york city
    Having been in several ensembles, I understand the desire to do more within a production. But I want to acknowledge that being in the ensemble has some incredible benefits besides the opportunity to be a working actor, like job security and the fact that the ensemble is often the busiest bunch in the show, making your experience much more rewarding at the end of the night.
    But I get it: Playing a principal role means you get one of those coveted final bows and a private dressing room. If you’re lucky enough to be in the ensemble, there’s no magic formula to breaking out. However, here are four tips I can offer for making it into the principal spotlight.
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    Build relationships. You need to constantly be building relationships with the people who are looking for principal actors, whether they know it or not. Meet writers, composers, directors, and producers in addition to casting directors. If you don’t know where to start, explore being a volunteer for writing workshops where they need someone like you to

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