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    Preservation Call: Jazz Dance

    Calling all jazz dancers! Old-school jazz, that is—and your age doesn't matter. New York–based jazz dance teacher Sue Samuels is forming a new dance company, Jazz Roots, featuring choreography in traditional jazz styles from the 1960s and '70s.

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    How Have Your Supposed Imperfections Helped Your Acting Career?

    "I carry 80 extra pounds on my 5-foot-4-inch frame, and I'm a 'saleable' actor because I embrace all of me. It's a good thing auditioning for a studio pilot with A-listers. So I don't get offended when the sides call for 'a tank of a woman.'That ...

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    Telsey Lately

    "He's really an artist" is how Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher describes casting director Bernie Telsey. "An artist is a person who looks at the world differently than other people, and Bernie does that through casting."

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    Not Godot, Not Anyone!

    Here I sit in an airplane waiting to leave Denver. All day I have been waiting. Waiting to leave LAX after a canceled morning flight. Waiting to leave Denver after a four-hour delay.

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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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    Ria Erlich

    Some folks save their true passions for after retirement. Ria Erlich always knew deep inside that acting was her calling, but she kept putting it off in favor of a "real" job.

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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.