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    Watching Movies on a Budget

    As awards season sweeps in every year, I immediately start scheming how I can see as many movies as possible for as little money as possible.

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    Playing Along

    How do you handle embarrassing, insulting, or just plain odd direction? Do you do it, however unlikely the commercial will be shot that way? Or do you think, "I'm not playing along with this crap!" and refuse?

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    Preparing Your Return

    There is no simple way to put in plain words how a tax return gets prepared. It's like explaining something to a child who keeps asking "Why?" Every time you clarify one part, you have to explain something else.

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    How Do You Decide on a Career Plan For an Actor?

    I am not a fan of the term "career plan." I prefer the word "campaign," as it is more active and does presuppose that one must get out the vote and not just strategize.

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    Blurring the Line Between Onstage and Off

    Burned out after a decade waiting tables, and thinking my playwriting career had peaked, I was finally determined to get a "real" job. Then I checked my voice mail.

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    Sticking Point

    Should I continue pursuing a stronger agent, with the hope that he or she can get me seen for larger roles? What advice do you have for me to take that next step?

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    Miguel Belmonte... Got the Part!

    When Miguel Belmonte first happened upon the notice for the Off-Off-Broadway production "Memory Is a Culinary Affair," in the pages of Back Stage, it was no simple case of history repeating itself.

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    Meet Your New Friends

    "While in college, I was the French-speaking, backpack-toting, soccer-playing, frat brother–partying, pre-med thespian desperately searching for his sanity."

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    The IRS on the Prowl

    Last month the IRS announced that the number of audited returns had increased by 11 percent over the previous year. But you usually can't get into trouble if you tell the truth and file your returns on time.

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    The Pleasure of His Accompaniment

    Musical director Garry Dial gets technical about how to work with the band. The Manhattan School of Music staffer and independent coach has worked with big names in the business.