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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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    Newcomer Conundrum, Curse Clarification

    I've heard a lot lately that casting directors are only looking at those with credits right now. What should I do?

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    Derek Lui

    It takes a brave person to leave his homeland, family, and successful career behind to pursue his dreams of stardom in Los Angeles. In 2007, Derek Lui was in Hong Kong, hosting lifestyle TV programs and movie premieres for such blockbusters as Transformers.

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    How Do You Deal with Rejection?

    "When I audition for something that I really want so badly and don't get it, I remind myself that this is show 'business', and rejection is part of it."

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    The Power Behind the Mike

    "Years ago, men had to have big, beautiful, commanding voices and women had to have soft, whispering, dulcet tones," says voiceover agent Peter Varano of AVO Talent.

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    Putting Your Voice to the Test

    It's probably accurate to say that I have "decided" to make a voiceover demo at least six times in the past ten years.

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    Projection Protection

    A play can be as hard on the voice as a musical, with actors required to communicate intense emotions on a nightly basis—emotions that can stress the vocal folds, causing swelling and worse.

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    Celebrities Are Taking All the Jobs

    There seem to be more and more celebrities doing voiceovers, whether it's Morgan Freeman telling us why we should use Visa or Reese Witherspoon and an all-star cast duking it out in 'Monsters vs. Aliens'.

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    What About Directors Do You Hate?

    "A few years back, I had just come off this Off-Broadway play when I was immediately hired for an independent film. The filmmaker had absolutely no clue how to deal with actors."

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    The New BackStage.com

    This week marks the launch of Back Stage's newly redesigned website, which features improved navigation and functionality that, I hope you'll agree, is a significant upgrade.