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Career advice for high-school students and beginning performers. Canadian tax advice for artists of all sorts. Research resources for those looking for performance-related answers.

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I am a Canadian performer, tax preparer and writer.
I have supported myself as an arts entrepreneur for thirty-five years.
I am the most-published writer in the business of being a Canadian artist.
I have written on arts tax matters and prepared performer taxes for fifteen years.


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Recent Answers from Peter Messaline

2015-02-16 Witch AND Baker's Wife audition song:

I am not a musical theatre maven, but I'd suggest you look for a song that shows off your singing. Don't worry about fitting the character -- if you are seen as an excellent singer and you give them something

2014-04-30 career on entertainment:

You don't say where you are living, or your age, so I can only speak in generalities. However,   I'm afraid my answer would be disappointing to you whatever details you had included.  Without the background

2012-12-03 Find an accountant outside TO:

I quite understand your desire to have an accountant who understands your business, and one who you can talk to without constant translation.   The discussion board <a</a> is

2012-08-21 Theatre Help, Pantomime:

How can an answerer resist a follow-up that starts "You're right"?  Now I've come up dry.  I think your problem is that puppeteers are more interested in having the puppets do clever stuff, and dramaturgs

2012-08-21 Theatre Help, Pantomime:

On the face of it, you are hoping that someone has five hundred words on commedia del arte, the British tradition of pantomime, AND the role of a dramaturg.   Here's a discussion of dramaturgy: http://tinyurl


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