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    Watch the Audition That Landed Matthew McConaughey His First Film Role

    A video has gone viral of Matthew McConaughey auditioning for his first-ever film role in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult-classic “Dazed and Confused.”

  • News

    3 Invaluable Backstage University Events This Week

    Put yourself on tape, meet a manager, and sing for a major casting director this week with Backstage University!

  • J.K. Simmons’ 1 Requirement for Any Role

    The SAG Award nominee spoke about his controversial role in the buzzy indie “Whiplash,” working with a first-time director, and what Arnold Schwarzenegger said about his triceps.

  • News

    14 Films to See in January

    This year is off on the right foot if one’s looking at all the great films being released in January. From the much anticipated Oscar contender “Still Alice” to Bradley Cooper in his most intense role to date, there’s a variety of flicks for the avid film lover ...

  • News

    The ‘Boyhood’ Cast on Getting Into Character Each Year

    On Jan. 5 the team behind the 12-year epic “Boyhood” chatted with the SAG Foundation about getting into character and getting their heads in the game year after year.

  • News

    8 Places to Study Your Craft Abroad

    Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, improve your technique, or make international connections, here are eight international theater training programs where you can expand your craft and your world.

  • Advice

    Are You Ready to File Your Taxes?

    According to tax expert Chuck Sloan, owner of Chuck Sloan & Associates, the single most important thing an actor can do is to keep a record of auditions—otherwise, the IRS may consider your career a “hobby”!

  • News

    Backstage’s 51 Cover Stories of 2014

    “High Maintenance,” Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey, Judy Greer—from the looks of the Backstage covers, it’s been a pretty epic year! Relive 2014 with us as we look back on our year in cover stories!

  • News

    12 Easy Things Actors Can Resolve to Do in 2015

    The new year is a glorious time to start fresh and improve upon the things you let fall by the wayside in the previous months. Take any of these simple resolutions and get to work!

  • News

    11 Actors in Wes Anderson’s Troupe

    Having expertly assembled a motley crew of talent, Anderson’s productions are made even more enjoyable (and often hilarious) by those who bring them to life. Here are 11 actors in the writer-director's troupe!