• Performance v. Appearance: As many of you know, I'm on twitter (@aleciabatson) and I tweet regularly. A few days ago, a big name talent agent—an American talent agent—tweeted something to the effect of, "white teeth are preferred; whiten your teeth." This tweet has been grating upon me.  Why would a talent agent encourage superficial beauty over quality of talent and caliber of technique? Why not foster an environment (or a twitter feed) wherein each actor is nurtured individually to become her/his best at her/his craft? I'm quite certain this agent isn't solely peddling toothpaste and mouthwash models. Who is steering the boat here? The