The Return of the Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards!

Backstage needs your help!

We’re bringing back our Readers’ Choice Awards this year, and that means we need Backstage readers to weigh in on the best that’s out there when it comes to acting teachers, survival jobs, hangouts, dance studios, voiceover coaches, and more!

The process is simple: Head to the voting center between June 6 and July 25 and nominate the person you think is most deserving in that category. (All the categories will be divided into L.A. or N.Y., so there will be two winners in each.) Nominations will be limited to one per person per category. Once the nominating process ends, Backstage will tally the results prior to opening up voting Aug. 1. The winners will be announced in our special Readers’ Choice Awards issue Sept. 4.

This is your chance not only to praise the men and women who have made you better, forced you to grow, and kept you sane in a crazy business, but also provide a lifeline to aspiring actors who may be so overwhelmed by the options out there that they don’t know in which direction to turn.

The categories open to nominations for the 2014 Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards are…

Favorite Headshot Photographer

Favorite Dance Studio

Favorite Audition Technique Teacher

Favorite On-Camera Teacher

Favorite Acting Coach/School

Favorite Vocal/Singing Coach

Favorite Voiceover Teacher

Favorite Improv Training Center

Favorite Acting Class for Kids

Favorite Monologue Coach

Favorite Actor Hangout

Favorite Actor Workout Spot

Favorite Acting Technique Books

Favorite Actor Survival Job

Favorite Rehearsal Studio

Previous winners in 2012 included Dennis Kwan (favorite headshot photographer, N.Y.); Anthony Meindl (favorite audition technique teacher and rehearsal studio, L.A.); Broadway Dance Center (favorite dance studio, N.Y.); and Risa Bramon Garcia (favorite on-camera teacher, L.A.).

So start thinking about who in your life is worthy of a nomination. You’ll need those names on hand when you go to submit them—and this isn’t the time for misspellings or typos! That could prove the difference between success and failure!