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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.

The National Tour: An Actor's Beginning Guide

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StageAgent is embarking on a multi-part series breaking down that Golden Fleece of an actor’s desire—the National Tour. Over the course of the next several months we will be examining the attraction, benefits, potential downsides, and financial realities of living out of your suitcases for a few months or even a few years.

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Blogger Positions for Experienced Theatre Folks

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Are you a proven writer who is an expert in your chosen theatrical field? Do you have experience creating video blogs? Do you have social media followers? Would you like to share your experiences with others on an international level and expand the knowledge base that StageAgent brings to its 50,000+ users every month?

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I Left My Heart in Summer Stock

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I learned the greatest life lessons in summer stock theater. For five summers, deep in the redwoods, I bounced between the costume shop, wig shop, and backstage running two to three exhilarating shows a season. My summers of outdoor theatre fueled my career faster than any class, seminar, or resume credit. I developed a breadth of skills in design, aesthetics, construction, hair, and makeup that I wouldn’t have experienced in college alone.

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Auditions: How to Behave in “The Room”

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You can act, you can sing, maybe you can even dance, play an instrument, and eat fire, but can you AUDITION? Can you go into the room and present yourself in a professional manner, and not open the door to any unnecessary judgment or questions? I’ve heard many people say that this is a separate skill, and while I don’t know if I completely buy into that theory, I do know that there is one thing an actor will do if given the chance: shoot themselves in the foot. Here’s how not to do that.

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A Little Perspective

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As a standby in the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, I’m often in a Starbucks during most performances, so when it was time to go on for a short time, my initial response was, “Damn, there goes all my free time.” As a parent of two small children, time is at a premium. But you may think I’ve completely missed the boat, that I should be elated at having a performing opportunity—and you’d be right, it just took me a couple of days to get here.

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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.