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    Exactly What You Need on a Résumé—And How to Format It

    Once you have a headshot, you need something to put on the back of it—a résumé! Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton breaks down what to put on a résumé and exactly how to format it.

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    The Best Way to Meet an Agent

    One of the most important—and difficult!—parts of becoming a professional actor is getting an agent. But how do unknown actors meet agents? Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton explains in our new video series!

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    The 4 Signs of An Acting Scam

    This industry is full of scammers who prey on hopeful actors. From hidden fees to promising fame and fortune, the show business world is an easy place to get duped. So New York acting coach Denise Simon shares what red flags to watch for!

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    How to Choose the Best Audition Monologues

    Should you need to audition with a monologue, how do you choose what to perform? We asked Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton about what makes for a good audition monologue.

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    Are Your Headshots Good Enough?

    It's no secret that great headshots open doors for actors. Then why do so many actors have really, really bad ones? Acting Coach Matt Newton breaks down how to get headshots that pop.

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    Advice for Your First Day On Set

    Once you're cast, you have enough to worry about without fretting over filming for the first time, so Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton walks you through what to expect from a professional set—and how to behave.

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    What Needs to Be on Your Demo Reel

    Demo reels are a necessity to prove that you’ve worked before and that you have talent, especially if you’re a new actor without a slew of well-known credits. But how do you know what is worth including on a demo reel and what immediately marks you as an ...

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    When Should a Child Actor Join the Union?

    Acting teacher and Backstage Expert Denise Simon explains when the time is right for a young performer to become a union member, and when it’s not.

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    WATCH: Top Audition Tips From Matt Newton

    Auditions are a necessity in the business, so don't let your nerves overcome your talent. To help you give the best performance possible, acting coach and Backstage Expert Matt Newton hands out some of his top audition room tips.

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    Which Is Better: Outdoor or Indoor Headshots?

    Taking professional headshots is an important step in advancing your acting career—but they're not a cheap investment! So how can you maximize your next session? Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton shares a few tips on the how (and where) to take the best headshots possible!   Welcome ...