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    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 Find the Perfect Day Job

    Actors need to "get real" about what it actually takes to make it as an actor. I’ve waxed philosophic about training to the point of being an expert, and making a real commitment of time and energy. So, you can guess my position on day jobs.

  • Interview

    6 Do’s + Don’ts of Actor Survival Jobs

    Michelle Dyer offers up advice regarding how to and how not to go about working survival jobs.

  • Interview

    1 Vital Side Gig for Auditioning Actors

    Forget waiting tables, bartending, and being an office temp—this is one job that allows actors to utilize their singular skills while contributing to the greater good.

  • Advice

    Surviving Your Survival Job

    Waiter? Make the catering hall your stage! Babysitting? Make those kids your audience! Ben and David are here to teach you how to survive (and thrive) at your survival job!

  • Interview

    1 Way Your Acting Skills Can Help Launch Your Own Business

    Broadway performer Daisy Hobbs (“Aladdin”) decided to take her skills offstage and start her own company, the Wedding Dance Pros, helping couples choreograph numbers for their big days. Here, Hobbs discusses where the idea came from, and offers advice for actors looking to make their own opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Advice

    The Real Purpose of an Actor’s Side Job

    The side job is often necessary but it has to be managed so it doesn’t take over your acting career. You have to know what it is, what it is not, and why you’re doing it. So let’s get clear.

  • Advice

    Rhys Darby on How to Work Through Acting’s Catch-22

    “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Voltron” voice actor sat with Backstage for an Office Hours, where he answered fan questions on auditioning and getting started in voice acting.

  • 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 ...