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    The Best Survival Jobs for Actors in London

    How do you find a job that pays the bills but gives you the time and flexibility to head to auditions or spend a week shooting a short film? You need a survival job—here’s a list of where to start looking in London.

  • Advice

    A London Actor’s Guide to Part-Time Work

    The reality of being an actor means it’s wise to have a part-time job—or several—lined up. A part-time, flexible, or seasonal job outside of the acting industry can help actors make smart decisions about their careers. Here are tips every London-based actor should keep in mind!

  • Backstage Guides

    How to Make a Living as an Actor

    Making a living as an actor means balancing work, life and passion—a tricky subject for anyone who has encountered it. While most working actors need to sacrifice and struggle, the journey can also be incredibly fulfilling. Read on for the official Backstage guide to making a living as an ...

  • Advice

    4 Ways to Promote Yourself On a Budget

    In today’s Hollywood, getting noticed is more important than ever: if you are out of sight, you’re most likely out of mind. But another great thing about working in today’s Hollywood is that it’s easier than ever to promote yourself on a limited budget. Here’s ...

  • Advice

    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.

  • Interview

    27 Actors on the Survival Jobs That Shaped Them

    Nearly every famous actor had to endure a survival job to pay the bills before they made it big. While they never lost sight of their dreams, these jobs played formative roles in the early lives of these struggling artists. These actors shared some of their best survival jobs stories ...

  • Interview

    Betsy Brandt on Terrifying Auditions and L.A.-Style Headshots

    From a kleptomaniac on “Breaking Bad” to a troubled, searching wife in her latest project, Betsy Brandt has inhabited so many complex characters, it’s hard to believe how normal she is in regular life.

  • Advice

    The 10 Best Survival Jobs for Actors

    Are you a working actor who needs a side job to make ends meet? Waiting tables is not your only option! Backstage Expert Matt Newton breaks it down.

  • Advice

    How to Make 2017 the Year of YOU, Part II

    To help make sure 2017 is the year of you, we asked our Backstage Experts to share some advice on how to start the year off on the right foot. Here's part two of the master list.

  • Advice

    How to Make 2017 the Year of YOU, Part I

    So 2016 wasn’t your year. To help make sure 2017 is the year of you, we asked our Backstage Experts to share some advice on how to start the year off on the right foot.