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    Budgeting Your Movie

    For an actor, New York is one of the best cities on earth. It’s also one of the most expensive. Professionals in the business suggest saving three months’ worth of expenses before moving here, particularly if you don’t yet have a job or a place to live.

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    10 Ways to Keep More Money In Your Pocket

    You could spend money creating a website of your own, but really, why? If you want to promote a play you're in or show off your headshots and reel, social networking sites like Facebook accomplish it beautifully.

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    How Has the Recession Affected Your Career?

    "Like most actors, I survive financially from a balance of extra work and survival jobs. But when the work slowed down, I had to make tough choices." -- James Pass, Los Angeles

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    Bargains in Los Angeles

    Yes, the recession has prompted L.A. actors to be ever more intrepid. Try these bargains, or contact us and let us know what else you've been doing to save money.

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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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    Day Jobs You Don't Have to Hate

    "I love teaching," declares New York actor Michael Mastro. "It took me a long time to admit that. I used to feel that if I wasn't making the majority of my income from acting, then I was a failure."

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    Budget or Move It!

    Back Stage asked three actors to track their spending for one month to see how they're faring. A pair of financial experts then offered advice on how these ambitious thespians can best attain their financial goals.

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    Saving for a Rainy Day

    You have to pay your agent 10 percent and your manager 10 percent; why not 10 percent for yourself as well? Take that money right off the top and put it away for a rainy day.

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    New Way to Deal with Credit Card Debt

    As the recession continues and companies cut costs, the consequences for actors are acutely felt: fewer productions, fewer auditions, and fewer bucks coming in.

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    Travel for Business

    On occasion, you may get the opportunity to tour with a show or to shoot on a location that's well beyond your normal travel circles. The IRS calls it "traveling away from home" when your job requires you to be away from home substantially longer than an ordinary day ...