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    Claiming Exempt

    No one likes to look at his or her paycheck and see the amount of money withheld from it in taxes by the government. However, the sad truth is that tax withholding is a good thing.

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    10 Tips For a Winning Audition

    What separates professionals from wannabe talent show prodigies isn't inspiration. It's preparation and execution. Take control of your audition with these ten helpful tips to improve your skills.

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    Launching a Career in Voiceover Is Tough Work

    Commercial voiceover is an actor's medium today. But the competition is stiffer than ever, thanks in large part to voiceover casting websites and electronic self-submissions.

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    Boutique Agencies for You to Know

    Boutiques agencies are smaller, specialized groups, servicing a specific group of actors for highly focused industry needs. Back Stage searched high and low for the 10 boutiques all actors should be aware of—and we ended up with 11 spectacular ones.

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    The Color You Should Wear for On-Camera Auditions

    When you audition on camera the first thing that anyone sees is the color you're wearing. Wear something depressing, annoying, or threatening, and no matter how brilliant your performance, they are going to be affected by the color first and the performance second.

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    10 Sacrifices an Actor Makes

    If you’re lucky, you can earn a very good living at acting. But there are also some sacrifices that an actor makes as she pursues a career.

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    7 Rules for Following Up With Casting Directors

    Learn the right ways to follow up with CDs so you can be kept in mind for future projects!

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    Time to Fix Your Résumé

    Secret Agent Man has had it with your sloppy résumés. Are you guilty of these common mistakes?

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    5 Things to Remember for Your Next Headshot Shoot

    To keep from freezing up the next time you’re due to pose for shots, we spoke to model Erin Leeper for advice on getting the best headshot possible—regardless of nerves.

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    4 Plays That Every Actor Should Read

    Here are plays that everyone should read (and not just see). It’s a short list of titles that can be tackled in a dedicated week of reading.