Backstage Experts

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    4 Steps to Take Before Signing With Agents

    Audition coach and Backstage Expert Philip Hernández sees too many actors too eager too soon to contact agents. Don't ever reach out to an agency without first doing these four simple tasks!

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    How to Prepare for a Headshot Photo Shoot

    Photographer Luke Fontana walks Backstage readers through how they can best prepare for a headshot photo shoot, the kind that will result in headshots that land the audition!

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    How to Act Shakespeare on Film

    Writer-director and Backstage Expert John Swanbeck sees too many actors not utilizing the full power of the camera—listen to his advice and see what a difference it makes in your on-camera work!

  • Advice

    How to Avoid This Big Voiceover Mistake

    Casting director and Backstage Expert Kate McClanaghan sees too many voiceover artists making the same costly mistake—are you guilty of it, too?

  • Advice

    How to Prep for Fall Auditions

    Backstage Expert and creator of Don't Dodge the Dance Call Erika Shannon offers some stellar organizational tips for the upcoming busy fall season. Add getting organized to your to-do list!

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    How to Silence Your Inner Critic

    Backstage Expert Wendy Braun offers actors five easy steps to taming your inner critic (and a quick guide for feeling good) at every audition.

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    How to Crush Anxiety in Seconds

    Backstage Expert and acting coach Joseph Pearlman has a surefire way to stop anxiety in its tracks and make auditioning less stressful!

  • Advice

    Why You Should Write Your Next Project

    Actor and Backstage Expert Douglas Taurel wants you to write your next challenging role; he did it with his "The American Soldier," and he knows how powerful the experience can be!

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    How Broadway Shows Get Cast

    Casting director Benton Whitley explains how the process of casting theater begins and concludes—from the CDs' research to whittling down the options for the creative team.

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    Fall 2016 Checklist: Child Actors

    Backstage Expert Denise Simon breaks down eight things that every parent of young performers should take care of before summer comes to a close and the busy school year starts up again!