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Do you want to see your name in lights? The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) provides the nuts and bolts basics you'll need to know if you want to become a professional actor or actress. They also give you the facts you might not want to know - according to SAG statistics, most of SAG's members earn less than $7,500 a year.

Still interested? ShowBizJobs is a good starting point for entertainment job leads. You can search the Job Board for listings by category, company and location. Other venues to review are the employment listings from highlighted employers like Paramount Pictures. Many of the job listings are peripheral ones, but, they might at least help you get your foot in the door. The Hollywood Reporter is a trade web site that gives you the latest film, television and music news so you can stay abreast of what's happening in Hollywood.

Potential stars of the stage can search Playbill Online for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, national and London jobs including performance, design, administration and technical openings, as well as the all important casting calls. The ads currently online feature openings for a Composer and Actors for King Lear in New York City and for Celebration in Louisiana. There are also many other acting, design and technical positions now available. Playbill's Feature Stories will keep you up-to-date on the national and international theater scene.

Interested in working behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera? The Assistant Directors Training Program is a great way to break into that field.

Dancers can find links to ballet and contemporary dance companies, dance newsgroups and organizations, and dance schools on Dance Links. DanceArt.com's message boards allow you review the job openings and, if you wish, you can even list your skills.

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