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    Don't Start, Tipping the Scales

    I'm a 44-year-old male, and I was just wondering if it's possible to start an acting career at this stage in the game.

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    A Quick Quiz to Determine If You Are a Dance Insider

    It's not in the employment of specialized terminology but rather in the use of the tiny, ordinary words that one's level of dance expertise is often more accurately revealed.

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    Tony Sheldon on Judy Garland in 'A Star Is Born,' Colin Bates in 'Billy Elliot'

    Judy Garland in "A Star Is Born" never fails to exhilarate me and leave me shattered at the end of the film. It seems to be the pinnacle of her career and shows absolutely every facet of her talent.

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    Veraalba Santa...Got the Part

    After submitting herself for the role of Arianna, a dancer whose relationship is swiftly deteriorating due to her partner's alcoholism, Santa received a specific directive for her audition.

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    New York Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following is a list of New York–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.

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    Walter B. Smith...Got the Part

    Since getting his first professional review in Back Stage as a young man, "appropriately handsome with a fresh scrubbed–naiveté," Walter B. Smith has shuffled through casting notices in the publication.

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    Finding the Right Teacher

    If you want an agent to sign you, you need to have experience, but how do you get experience if you don't have an agent?

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    Pricey Program, Hostage to Housing

    Last year I auditioned for a New York acting conservatory program that was on an audition tour. The feedback I received was that I am very talented, but because I did not have a strong enough résumé they were not going to accept me.

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    How to Handle Vocal Breaks

    One of the more vexing technical challenges for any singer is the dreaded vocal break, that area where notes suddenly become more difficult as the voice tries to transition from the lower to the upper registers.

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    Sole Proprietors and the IRS

    The income on your return should include all of your gross receipts. That's all business income including cash, checks, credit card payments, bartering, and, of course, any 1099s you receive.