Oscars Encourage Actors to Dream Big

Would-be actors can use this opportunity to study the extraordinary ones who will be recognized March 7

Last Updated: March 3, 2010 @ 4:06 PM

The race is on to Sunday, March 7.

As we get ready for the Academy Awards, the nominated are feeling on top of the world. Everyone is still a winner and the recognition is extraordinary.

Every actor started his or her journey with a wish to perform, to give voice and spirit to an extraordinary character.

As Meryl Streep so beautifully stated at the Golden Globes, it was not that she herself is extraordinary (who are you kidding, Meryl?) but, more important, that she’s the vessel for extraordinary characters.

To be an extraordinary actor, it takes talent, tenacity and a little bit of magic.

In an ever-changing world overflowing with news and the paranormal updates of Twitter and Facebook, actors need to harness their talents and stay informed to be in the game.

So read everything out there, talk to your peers, find your acting gurus and mentors.

On Oscar night, get comfy on the couch, eat and drink, judge the dresses and tuxes, gossip about the rules, the hosts, the players and the outcasts.

Have fun betting the odds and feel free to cry during acceptance speeches.

Remember that dreams can come true and maybe next year, you will find yourself walking the red carpet.

Heidi Levitt is a casting director whose credits include "Natural Born Killers," "The Joy Luck Club" and "Lakeview Terrace." At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, she cast Mark Ruffalo’s directing debut, "Sympathy for Delicious" and Rodrigo Garcia’s "Mother and Child." She is the developer of an iPhone App called Actor Genie.