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    How to Become an Actor

    Want to become an actor? You’re in the right place! Here’s everything you need to know about how to start your acting career and to find success in Hollywood and beyond.

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    How to Make a Living as an Actor

    Making a living as an actor means balancing work, life and passion—a tricky subject for anyone who has encountered it. While most working actors need to sacrifice and struggle, the journey can also be incredibly fulfilling. Read on for the official Backstage guide to making a living as an ...

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    The Best 24 MFA & MA Acting Programs in the U.S. and U.K.

    Looking for the right graduate theater program for you? Don’t miss out on these 25 top universities with our Backstage Guide.

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    What Are Special Skills + Which Ones Should an Actor Have?

    There is a secret weapon you can use to your advantage that, every so often, may be the very push you need to get seen, book the gig, or land an agent: special skills. Here are the special skills you should have—and how to get them!

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    How to Become a TV Host or a TV Presenter

    Compared to acting, singing, and dancing, there is much less tangible guidance for how to become a TV host—until now. In this guide, we break down audition prep, your hosting reel, how exactly you’re supposed to read a teleprompter, and everything else you need to know to become ...

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    How to Choose an Acting Class

    Whether you’re brand new to acting or a seasoned vet, it’s crucial to the success of an actor that he or she keeps their skills sharp while also learning new techniques, methods, and approaches, and acting class is the perfect way to do just that.

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    How to Audition

    Whether it’s breaking into the business or landing a spot at a reputable acting school, now’s the time to gain new perspectives on the audition process! Here to help is Backstage’s guide to the art of auditioning.

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    How to Become a TV Actor

    Want to strut your stuff on the small screen? Look no further! We’ve got everything you need to know about what it takes to become a TV actor.

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    How to Conquer Shakespeare

    From iambic pentameter to performing a soliloquy, here’s everything you need to know about reading, understanding, and performing the Bard.

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    How to Choose an Acting Technique

    Finding the right acting technique is about as personal a decision an actor can make, but Backstage is here to help. From Stanislavski to Spolin and everything in between, here’s how to choose an acting technique.