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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.

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    Saving for a Rainy Day

    You have to pay your agent 10 percent and your manager 10 percent; why not 10 percent for yourself as well? Take that money right off the top and put it away for a rainy day.

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    Dancing On

    The dance artists who are continuing to move forward in these times of economic distress are those who've been managing their finances carefully all along and heeded early warning signs of the downturn.

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    You're Fired!

    Each event was destructive in its own way, but we had to face all three in a very short period of time. It's a miracle we're still standing.

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    Fighting Fear

    I've had some success as an actor, but I wonder if this is the time to think about doing something else with my life. I keep worrying about this all the time, to the point where I can't sleep. What can I do?