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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.

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    Veteran Actor Mark Blum Discusses His Road to Teaching

    Most "methods" seem reductive to me. They do not reflect my own experience of the complex, windy road that I, and most actors, travel in their work.

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    'How to Succeed' on Broadway

    Well, as it turns out, it actually takes a little bit of "Trying" to "Succeed" on Broadway and land in a long-running musical. I have been blessed with this experience three times in my career so far.

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    Sergey Nagorny…Got the Part

    When Sergey Nagorny saw the casting notice for "The Lost and Found Project," an experimental play compiling family stories relating to Russian-Jewish immigration to the U.S., he had no doubt he had to audition.

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    Visitation Rights, Streaking Craze

    Last year I got Abrams to be my agent. I've booked with them, but over the last five months I've had no calls. I am frustrated but don't want to burn a bridge, and she has not told me to get another agent.

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    Developing Talent Part 3: From Start to Finish

    I'd like to take you through the entire process of getting someone started on the road to becoming a professional actor.