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    Can Actors Have Piercings in Their Headshots?

    You already know Backstage is the go-to for all information pertaining to your craft. But now, you have the chance to get involved with the Backstage Community Forum. Check out some of this week’s most interesting new topics and then fire up that keyboard!

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    11 Things You Should Know About Your Headshot + Résumé

    Are guilty of any of these headshot and resume mistakes?

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    6 Steps to Writing a Great Bio

    A bio is a summary of the highlights of your career—your training, credits, and something about you personally, i.e. what you do when you are not acting. It tells the industry in sentence form—unlike the columns in your resume—what roles you can play and how to ...

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    11 Ways to Up Your Audition Game

    Casting director Marci Liroff offers simple ways to improve your technique in the room.

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    The Résumé Mistake You Should Never Make

    What’s an actor to do? Take a stilts/juggling/ukelele class in your free time? Do yourself a huge favor and don’t check those boxes until you’re really good at stilts/juggling/ukelele.

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    Why You Should Never Lie On Your Résumé About Having a Special Skill

    This business is cutthroat and you may find yourself tempted to fib in an effort to stand out. Is there really a risk in stretching the truth in order to get seen? Backstage Experts weigh in on why the answer is a resounding yes.

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    Think Like a Casting Director When it Comes to Your Actor Résumé

    Crafting an impressive résumé isn’t necessarily about listing everything you've ever done. While you might think the long list shows off your versatility and ability to work in a variety of genres, it could also mean you’re missing the eye of the casting director because you’re ...

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    How to Become a Child Actor

    So, your kid has been bitten by the show business bug? You've probably got a lot of questions and, luckily, we have a lot of answers. Here, you'll find all the information you need to know for jumpstarting your child's acting career!

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    How to Compile a Child Actor’s Résumé

    A strong résumé is the key to opening doors in any industry. But what about for a child actor who doesn’t yet have a ton of “work” experience, and whose special skills and talents include jumping rope and playing the recorder?

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    How to Become an Actor

    Want to become an actor? You’re in the right place! Here’s everything you need to know about how to start your acting career and to find success in Hollywood and beyond.