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    Zack Gold

    As soon as he was called in to read for the role of Simey in John B. Keane's The Year of the Hiker last fall at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, Calif., a part he'd submitted for after seeing the casting notice on BackStage.com, Zack Gold got right ...

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    What's a Typical Meeting with a Prospective Client Like?

    A typical meeting is sometimes like a blind date: You sit down, make some pleasantries, then talk about what you want for the future. If I've seen someone at a showcase or in a show, we'll obviously talk about that.

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    How Do You Cast Family Dramas?

    Television's very fast. If we're lucky, we usually have some time -- maybe eight weeks -- when we're doing the pilot and picking the series regulars.

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    Travel for Business

    On occasion, you may get the opportunity to tour with a show or to shoot on a location that's well beyond your normal travel circles. The IRS calls it "traveling away from home" when your job requires you to be away from home substantially longer than an ordinary day ...

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    Ordinary and Necessary Expenses

    When deducting career-related expenses on your tax return, remember that you must have paid or incurred them during the tax year for which you're filing, and they must be "ordinary" and "necessary" in your line of work.

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    Think Like an Agent

    This week's column is going to teach you how to think like an agent. To do this, you have to understand that the word agent can be used as a noun or a verb.

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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings.

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    Email Goes Offline

    Our lives as actors are governed by email: We get our audition information from our agents via email, we send out mass emails to promote shows we're in, and we submit ourselves by email for all manner of projects.

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    Charting Your Career With Software

    It's called PerformerTrack, but it's really much more than just an "online version." For helping actors keep track of all aspects of their professional lives, it's one of the most comprehensive bits of software I've encountered.

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    Ask and You May Receive

    With so many elements of our lives in other people's hands-agents, casting directors, producers, directors-it's easy to feel as if we have little control over our careers. But there is one place we have much more control than we imagine: the audition room.