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Back Stage, the industry's foremost informational business resource for the aspiring and established actor, is proud to present its annual industry conference ACTORFEST NEW YORK Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9am-5pm at the New York Marriott Marquis (Times Square, 1535 Broadway, 5th floor). The Exhibit Hall is free and open to anyone.

A package of classes is $45 and includes one Career Seminar and one Focus Session of choice. For registration: www.backstage.com/actorfestny, hotline: 1-646-654-5706, e-mail: actorfest@backstage.com. Registration begins August 22. Members of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will receive $5 off the regular advance-sale price: note union affiliation on registration form.

This is the country's most significant conference dedicated to the actor's career. Actorfest, a unique event for aspiring and established actors, now in its 11th year, annually draws over 2000 people. Agents, casting directors, managers, producers and directors attract actors from across the country to learn essential career know-how regarding film, TV, theatre and other performing arts disciplines. The event includes:

Career Seminars: Three 90 minute seminar/panel discussions. This year's seminars: Get Reel! How to Find Film and TV Work in New York, How to Take Off in L.A.: Prepping for Pictures and Pilot Season (with bi-coastal casting directors), Reality Check: Where You Are and Where You Want to Be (with agents). Each moderated by an entertainment industry professional.

Focus Sessions: 28 different one-hour question/answer sessions. Attendees interact with an agent, casting director, manager, or niche professional. Topics this year include: Marketing Yourself: The Uniqueness Factor, Mastering the Art of Animation, What's Hot in Commercial Types, How Actors Choose Agents, Surviving the Audition Process, and more.

Free Exhibit Hall: Over 90 booths of industry professionals from all aspects of the business including acting schools/coaches, casting services, children's performing arts & education consultants, health services, income tax, online services, and photo services.

As well as sharing a booth in the Exhibit Hall, representatives from AEA, SAG and AFTRA will conduct a joint Focus Session titled The How's, Why's and When's of Joining the Unions. This is always a popular and informative discussion for anyone with questions about the unions.

Back Stage On Stage: The publications of Back Stage; Back Stage, BackStage.com, Back Stage West, Ross Reports, Back Stage Books and The Hollywood Reporter will have representatives present.

Actorfest Cafe: Sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips and beverages will be available for purchase exclusively by our attendees.

Sponsors: Procter and Gamble Productions, producers of "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light"; JetBlue Airways; MAC Cosmetics; Bally's Sports Clubs; Inside Broadway.

Adopt-a-School: A joint program with Inside Broadway, Broadway's Not-for-Profit Educational Organization, and Actorfest New York. This program was initiated three years ago to promote arts in education and build relationships between individuals, groups, and corporations and their local communities. For more information contact Mariah Moody at 212-245-0710.

MAC Cosmetics: For every actor and performer that joins or renews membership in the MAC PRO PPID program in October & November, one dollar will be donated to Equity Fights AIDS. The program provides a forum for professional support, special PRO-only events, benefits and discounts. It allows members the opportunity to attend Master Classes and Preview Nights as well as access to the member-exclusive MACPROPPID.COM website. Contact ppid@maccosmetics.com for membership information.

Actorfest New York is produced by union member actor/producer Jeffrey C. Riebe. The Career Seminars and Focus Sessions are produced by Back Stage Editor-in-Chief Sherry Eaker. Contact: 646.654.5706, actorfest@backstage.com.

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