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Actorfest Set for November 11

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There are literally hundreds of acting schools and coaches in New York to teach you the technique of performing. But very few instructors will give you the lowdown on the "business" of show business. How do you find work? Get an agent? Back Stage's annual Actorfest will help you to navigate a career. The event will be held on Sat., Nov. 11 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway (btwn. 44 and 45 sts.). Tickets are $45 and may be purchased through the Back Stage website at www.backstage.com/actorfest, or call the Actorfest hotline at (646) 654-5706. Each $45 package gets you admission to one career seminar, one focus session, and the exhibit hall. (Tickets for the exhibit hall alone at $10). The exhibition hall will feature over 90 booths of industry professionals with services, classes, and products for the performing artist. Tickets are $5 more at the door.

Career seminars include "Six in the City: TV Series Shooting in New York"; "Actors at Work: Getting and Doing the Job"; and "The Dish on Soaps: Industry Experts Come Clean."

There are 28 focus sessions with smaller audiences allowing attendees more individual attention. Topics range from "Surviving the Audition Process" to "Making a Living in Stand-Up Comedy." Two new sessions have just been added: "How to Negotiate a Performing Contract: What to Look For and What to Avoid," a discussion relevant to performers of all disciplines; and "The Commercial Audition Process: Gaining Control of Ad Copy by Gaining Control of Yourself."

For further information, see pages 31-33 in this week's issue.

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