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    Ordinary and Necessary Expenses

    When deducting career-related expenses on your tax return, remember that you must have paid or incurred them during the tax year for which you're filing, and they must be "ordinary" and "necessary" in your line of work.

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    Think Like an Agent

    This week's column is going to teach you how to think like an agent. To do this, you have to understand that the word agent can be used as a noun or a verb.

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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings.

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    Email Goes Offline

    Our lives as actors are governed by email: We get our audition information from our agents via email, we send out mass emails to promote shows we're in, and we submit ourselves by email for all manner of projects.

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    Charting Your Career With Software

    It's called PerformerTrack, but it's really much more than just an "online version." For helping actors keep track of all aspects of their professional lives, it's one of the most comprehensive bits of software I've encountered.

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    Ask and You May Receive

    With so many elements of our lives in other people's hands-agents, casting directors, producers, directors-it's easy to feel as if we have little control over our careers. But there is one place we have much more control than we imagine: the audition room.

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    Wesla's More

    "Kids don't want to hear about me," Wesla Whitfield says of the many students she's been teaching for the past four years at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif.

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    Narrating vs. Announcing

    To discuss the differences between narrating and announcing, I went to Randy Thomas, one of America's most recognizable female voices.

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    Clicks and Tricks

    If your interest in dance books tends toward the visual or the practical, you may want to check out the latest crop. It includes two artsy photography books, one about social dancing and the other featuring photos by Mikhail Baryshnikov (yes -- by, not of).

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    Ear Training With Bruce Arnold

    The ability to accurately hear and analyze music is one of the hallmarks of a great musician. Most music students develop it through ear training. But traditional methods can leave them frustrated when they try to apply the concepts they've learned to actual music.