Can You Add Virtual Readings to Your Résumé?

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Adding COVID virtual readings to your résumé?
Since COVID started, I’ve been participating in at least one virtual play reading a week; some are new plays, some are classics. Since I’ve been doing so many and staying active, would it be advisable for me to put these on my résumé, or should I just leave them behind with COVID?” —SpecialSkillsSection

What’s your #1 challenge related to memorizing lines?
I’ve been doing a lot of research into various principles and techniques to enhance memory and learning. I’ve found a lot of things I think aren’t very widely known among actors. I’m wondering if there’s some folks who could use some help.

“So, what’s your #1 challenge related to memorizing lines?” —Joibes

Tips for taking the leap? 
I’ve always known my dream is to act, but I’ve been nervous to make it a reality. I’ve done a lot of improv but always ’just for fun.’ 

“I’m wanting to move into acting full time, but trying to figure out where best to begin! I know every actor has their own path but would love any tips on how to start building out my résumé and background—especially during this strange COVID time, too.” —Audrey23

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Casey Mink
Casey Mink is the senior staff writer at Backstage. When she's not writing about television, film, or theater, she is definitely somewhere watching it.
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