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THE ACTOR
After 10 years on "Days of our Lives," Steve Blackwood is now living in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills, Michigan. The 53-year-old actor returned to his native state in June, 30 years after leaving for the bright lights of Broadway.

THE SET BUILDER
It's just like the ending of a happy movie. Man comes to Michigan, gets a new start on life doing what he loves and meets the woman of his dreams. That's pretty much what happened to 42-year-old Sean Clouser.

THE VIDEO GAME PRODUCER
Though movies get all the limelight, Michigan's tax breaks are also attracting video game developers like Derek Faraci. In October, the 32-year-old left his job testing "Guitar Hero" and other Activision games in Los Angeles to join one of his good friends at a start-up company in Farmington Hills.

THE CASTING DIRECTOR
Sometimes staying home pays off. Just ask Royal Oak resident Carrie Ray. Nearly two years ago, Michigan's film tax breaks gave the experienced casting director a reason to continue living in the state rather than accept a job promotion in Chicago.

THE ASPIRING DIRECTOR
In years past, Kellin Johnson would have had little choice but to head straight to Hollywood. But last November, the 23-year-old left his girlfriend and family behind in Minnesota to move to Michigan, eager to pursue his passion for movies.

(by KATHERINE YUNG
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER)

 
     
   
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