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    The Most Important Element of an Audition

    What is the most important element of an audition? Casting director Benton Whitley explains—and then gives actors his definition of "talent," which might change everything for you!

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    How to Treat Auditions Like Business Meetings

    As auditions coach Clay Banks explains, being an actor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow the best practices outlined by major companies. After all, you yourself are a marketable commodity!

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    How to Maintain Momentum

    Backstage Expert and casting director Kate McClanaghan sees too many performers rest on their accomplishments instead of pushing ahead to the next level—and she urges you to stop!

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    3 Words to Get You Through a Bad Day

    We all have terrible days, but how we push through them is all that counts in the end. Secret Agent Man offers up the three words that help him out of a tough spot.

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    1 Surefire Way to Deal With Criticism

    Backstage Expert and acting teacher Paul Barry reveals the secret to recovering from negative feedback.

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    How to Cry on Cue

    Getting actual tears to fall while being pressured to give a compelling, honest performance on film—or even in the audition room!—may sound daunting. But turning on the waterworks isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

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    Where to Watch Circus Fare Meet Horror

    Hideaway Circus marries theater and circus to create something new.

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    3 Reasons Your Audition Song Isn’t Working

    Backstage Expert and audition coach Philip Hernández explains how when it comes to hitting the right note in auditions, it's about much more than just your voice.

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    How to Find a Mentor

    Bob Ost of Theater Resources Unlimited says, “Don’t just talk about yourself!” The founder and president of the organization offers more tips on networking, finding a mentor, and establishing yourself in the theater community.

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    4 Insider Tips on Singing A Capella for B’way

    Deke Sharon has conquered a capella, movies, and reality TV. Now he’s trying his hand at the stage and offers Backstage readers his top pieces of advice.