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    Agency Blues, AFTRA Dues

    "I signed with my agent before I knew much about the industry. I know now that I should have gotten more experience and training before seeking representation."

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    Commitment Issues

    It's risky to burn bridges, even when you know it's necessary. But I knew I had to follow my instincts. It was never that school I had chosen to commit to—it was acting.

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    Bargains in New York

    Even when the economy is good, actors can use bargains. Here are some favorites of the Back Stage staff.

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    Erik McKay

    Erik McKay's persistent approach to his career certainly paid off when he landed the lead role of Detective Al Barden in the nonunion feature filmAsbury Forever.

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    Victoria Negri... Got the Part

    The idea of confronting a possessed murderer was not the most frightening part of Victoria Negri's audition. What terrified her was that it would consist of completely improvised scenes.

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    James Dickson

    Dickson was going through an acting dry spell and starting to lose hope about his career, when a phone call came from Shaun Duffy, a casting director at Billy Dowd.

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    Actors Effectively Exploiting Social Networks

    Online social networks have become a modern medium for everyone to sell their wares with the least amount of cost for the most return.

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    The A-List, Credit Problems

    The ethical dilemma with pay-to-meet "workshops" is that actors are being charged by potential employers or business partners for meetings. It's like bribery.

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    Ryan Satterfield...Got the Part

    "I decided to really take my acting career seriously, so I resubscribed with BackStage.com," says Ryan Satterfield. That night, he found a casting notice for a music video, "Hey 14."

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    The Literate Letter

    Even though the agents, managers, casting directors, etc., you correspond with understand that you're trying to get work as an actor, not a copy editor or an 8th-grade English teacher, it is still important to make sure your writing is error-free.