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    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.

  • Advice

    How to Avoid Becoming a ‘Starving Artist’

    Actor, voiceover artist, and producer Neil Holland offers up some tips on how to create your own work and avoiding the “starving artist” stereotype.

  • Advice

    How to Become an Uber or Lyft Driver

    Looking to pay your bills or fund your artistic projects with a part-time job that offers flexibility and mobility? As ridesharing apps continue to reshape the way people travel, drivers are taking advantage of the smartphone technology—and the income!

  • Interview

    8 Questions With ‘Infiltrator’ Star Benjamin Bratt

    Benjamin Bratt talks about his new movie “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston, his history with Backstage Magazine, the importance of acknowledging acting is a craft, and landing his first TV lead during grad school.

  • News

    14 Survival Jobs for NYC Actors

    Are you looking for a way to pay your rent between gigs? Sounds like you need a “survival job.” With any luck you’ll pick up some news skills, new contacts, and a few paychecks along the way.

  • Advice

    How to Find Theme Park Jobs

    To help you get started on your theme park job search, Backstage breaks down the application and audition processes for industry heavy-hitters Disneyland, Six Flags Theme Parks, and Universal Orlando.