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1. Back Stage posts casting notices from all 50 states, Canada, and even overseas. In addition to productions in New York and Los Angeles—from top-of-the-line projects to student films—Back Stage posts many online-only casting calls for jobs in the rest of the U.S. and Canada, and increasingly overseas jobs as well. Whether you want to land a commercial in L.A., an indie film in New York, or a musical theater role in Minneapolis, Back Stage can help you out.

2. You can post many, many headshots online. And videos too. With our multimedia résumé system, you can put your best face forward (literally) with a neatly designed page that includes multiple headshots, demo reels, and your complete list of credits, plus your training, special skills, and much more. Send this career homepage to casting directors. We think your phone will ring immediately.

3. Use our 411 Casting FAQ to get the most from Back Stage's casting tools. Want to learn the best way to get yourself noticed? Not sure how to upload your photos or video? Your questions are answered here. 

4. We offer more than a dozen advice columns per month, each of them accessible 24/7. Our columns, from Ask a Casting Director to Vocal Ease, are available with a couple of clicks. Get the best information available from our busy professionals on how to take your career to the next level.

5. With Call Sheet, you can find contact info for casting directors and talent agents. Need a CD's address or phone number right now? Want to land a new agent? Search Call Sheet (formerly Ross Reports) and pull up everything you need in milliseconds . You can also download a PDF file to your home computer and quickly print mailing labels for every casting director and agent in our extensive database.

6. Back Stage has the busiest message board for actors in the universe. (Okay, the world.) In our 16 forums—including one moderated by our columnist Secret Agent Man and another by our Working Actor columnists—share info with fellow actors on every topic under the sun, from choosing a new headshot to finding the best voiceover teacher to that place you discovered for great hummus.

7. Our Actors Yellow Pages offers access to thousands of services you need. Need new headshots? We list dozens of photographers across the United States. New acting classes? Look up an amazing number of teachers and coaches. Thinking about getting a degree? Yep, we have info on hundreds of colleges. We even have lists of rehearsal studios, apartment rentals, and much more—including accountants, for when those residual checks start rolling in. 

8. Every week, we publish dozens of reviews for movies, TV shows, and New York and L.A. theater. Wondering what we think of your friend's new Pirandello production? Want to know about Paul Giamatti's new movie? Check out our opinionated crew of top-grade reviewers. Better yet, we allow comments on all reviews, so feel free to let us know what you think.

9.See a comprehensive list of productions in New York and Los Angeles,
updated weekly. This includes film, television, and theater. A special
section even highlights TV pilots. Keep abreast of what's happening in town.

10. See how other actors are dealing with the stress and creating success for themselves. On Unscripted, actors from across the country blog about their daily lives. First Person is a weekly column in which actors talk about defining moments in their careers—everything from inspiring mentors to funny incidents on stage to keeping up relationships while on tour. And in Who Got the Part?, we showcase actors like you who have found roles through Back Stage. Learn from their success!

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