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    3 Ways to Master Your Audition Nerves

    Every actor gets a little nervous before an audition, but how can you relax enough to give an amazing performance? Backstage Expert and acting coach Matt Newton shares three quick tips for keeping audition anxiety at bay.

  • Interview

    The CSA Breakdown on Diane Heery

    Diane Heery, a CSA member since 2000, is currently represented onscreen with “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. She explains to Backstage what makes for a successful audition, what actors can do to impress her, and why she wishes she’d worked on the Harry Potter series.

  • Interview

    The CSA Breakdown on Danielle Pretsfelder

    Danielle Pretsfelder, a CSA member since 2011, is currently the manager of talent and casting at Nickelodeon, where she’s working on such projects as “Welcome to the Wayne” and the second season of “Wallykazam!” She talks about making time for others during her downtime, the importance of being prepared ...

  • Interview

    8 Questions With...Mary Steenburgen

    The Oscar winner took time from filming the second season of Will Forte’s post-apocalyptic Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth” to talk about her current acting crush, surprises on set, and recreating scenes at home.

  • Interview

    The CSA Breakdown on John Ort

    Casting director John Ort, a CSA member since 2013, talks about the need for preparation, why you should never walk into a room with the intention of impressing him, and the luxury that comes from getting to choose his projects.

  • Advice

    1 Thing Directors Look for in the Audition Room

    In this episode of “Just Shoot It,“ film editor Eric Kissack and directors Liz Manashil and Matt Pollock discuss how they go about casting and what they look for in the audition room.

  • Interview

    The CSA Breakdown on Lori Wyman

    Lori Wyman, a CSA member since 1989 currently represented with HBO’s “Ballers” and the hit Netflix series “Bloodline,” talks casting in Florida, where she discovers talent, and what makes a successful audition tape.

  • Interview

    ‘Straight’ Actor Jake Epstein’s 1 Secret to Doing Good Work

    Jake Epstein is back on the New York stage with Off-Broadway’s “Straight,” playing through May 8 at Theatre Row. He chats with Backstage about creating chemistry with his two co-stars and baring it all in the audition room.

  • Advice

    21 Bag and Smartphone Essentials for Dancers

    All dancers have one thing in common: They need a fully stocked dance bag for the everyday and the unexpected. In addition to the standard necessities of wallet, cellphone (plus charger!), and keys, here are some other essentials.

  • Advice

    What Is Your Headshot Telling Casting Directors?

    Are you aware of what your headshot is telling casting directors, agents, and industry professionals about you?