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  • Advice

    How to Become a Master at Slating

    I’m seeing an epidemic of extremely uncomfortable actors in casting offices across the globe. Actors who are seemingly adept at tackling Shakespeare to Mamet have one major problem—slating.

  • Advice

    The Mechanics of Pilot Season, Part 1

    Secret Agent Man explains the January–March pilot season casting process—and why it’s utterly ridiculous.

  • Advice

    7 Things To Do If You Think You’ve Been Blacklisted

    Think you've been blacklisted by a casting office? Here are a few things to consider from the casting side.

  • Advice

    15 Ways to Be Happy in 2013

    In the tradition of New Year’s resolutions, here are a few things that might just make it a little easier, even a little more fun, as you create your practice.

  • News

    23 Must-Follow L.A. CDs on Twitter

    We've compiled a list of 23 must-follow casting directors on Twitter. Whether they're tweeting about audition tips or just reacting to what they're watching on TV, their insights can be beneficial. Besides, it doesn't hurt having your name pop up as a notification in their Twitter ...

  • Advice

    Make Sure Your Child Wants to Act for the Right Reasons

    So your child wants to be an actor? Really? Please think about this long and hard. Let me share my perspective as someone who has worked with children for the last 35 years as a casting director and acting coach.

  • Advice

    4 Hot Tips For Being Off-Book

    For the first audition, we expect you to be completely familiar with the material, to have read the script if available, and to have made distinct character choices. You can look down at your sides for reference as long as your head isn’t buried in them.

  • Advice

    Don’t Show Your Underwear At An Audition

    Let’s talk about your underwear for a sec. I know what you’re thinking. My underwear? Isn’t that a little personal? And what does it have to do with auditions anyway? How can this conversation possibly help my acting career?

  • Advice

    Your 2015 L.A. Pilot Season Survival Guide

    Calling all Hollywood newbies! Backstage has compiled advice from several experienced casting directors and L.A. actors on the craziest time of the TV season.

  • Advice

    Is It Ever OK to Turn Down Work?

    Casting director and producer Marci Liroff weighs in on whether or not low-quality projects can help or hurt actors.