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    How Acting Class Can Help With Auditions

    Even an acting class not dedicated to audition technique can be a big help when it comes to facing casting directors, as Backstage Expert Anthony Meindl points out in our newest video!

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    How Child Actors Master Cold Reads

    Backstage Expert Denise Simon knows that cold reads are hard enough for adult actors—so how can young performers do them successfully? By following these three tips!

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    How to Be a Generous Actor—and Succeed

    Maybe you became an actor because you liked the attention, but that doesn't mean you should be a showoff. As Backstage Experts Joanne Baron and D.W. Brown explain, a career is built more on generosity than on luxriating in the limelight.

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    3 Tips on When and Why to Shut Up

    Sometimes silence really is golden—or at least might book you the job! Backstage Expert Cathryn Hartt explains the importance of knowing when to shut up.

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    Can You Get an Agent With an Acting Class?

    Acting classes can be for more than just acquiring new skills, and Backstage Expert Anthony Meindl explains how they can actually help you land an agent!

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    Should You Ever Work for Free?

    Broadway Dance Center instructor and choreographer Carlos Neto explains when (and if!) an actor or performer should accept a job without pay.

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    How to Be a Successful Local Actor

    Casting director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd explains to regional actors how they can impress producers and directors—and create a local career in film and TV.

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    3 Rules for Finding the Funny

    Comedy is hard—but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Here are three simple rules from Backstage Expert Shari Shaw to keep in mind in order to learn how to be funny.

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    2 Extra Steps That Might Get You the Job

    With more actors creating original content than ever before, it can be hard to stand out. But Backstage Expert Craig Wallace has two tips that might help book the job!

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    Don't Let Nerves Interfere With Your TV Job

    Your first day on the set of an existing TV show can be stressful—but here are four things to keep in mind to stop your fears from getting in the way of doing the job you were hired to do!