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The Secret to Vintage Hairstyling

Ever wondered how Marie Antionette had such large hair? Or wanted to create vintage hair like the ladies in White Christmas? Introducing: THE RAT. Don’t panic — a rat isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. The rat is the foundation of vintage hairstyles from stage to screen to real life, and it can make your period hair dreams come true with minimal effort. Learn how to create styles from the Gibson Girl to the 20s bob to the victory in Amy Bobeda’s latest expert post!

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Movember Madness: The Art of Fake Facial Hair

Fake facial hair is theatrical gold. Instantaneously, women are capable of portraying men, prepubescent boys can age, and a single actor can play multiple characters with the switch of a mustache. So, in the Movember spirit, take a look at our simple tutorial on applying facial hair.

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Social Media Savvy for Actors

Some people say that social media is more important to your career than actual talent. I wish I could say that is entirely untrue. We live in a world where people are dealing with lots of money. It takes a great deal of money to put on a Broadway show or create a new television series. We know that the industry likes to hire celebrities to star in their movies because name recognition sells tickets.

So why are we so surprised that industry executives want their performers to have followings? Maybe it is time to start looking at social media in a different way. Flip it on its head, and look at it as a brilliant opportunity to cultivate what makes us unique, and — in turn — helps us find our tribe. That tribe of followers can translate into a platform that can truly help you in your career. How you go about gaining your followers, creating your niche, and nurturing your platform is up to you. Here are some vital tips on how to use social media to enhance your performing arts career:

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Stage Makeup for Actors on a Budget

Despairing about the investment you’re making in makeup before your big show?

The days of buying a pricey, yet basic, Ben Nye makeup kit to get you through a year of auditions and performances are over. With the rise in popularity of airbrush makeup, serious contouring, and mascara that mimics fake lashes, mainstream makeup has become pretty darn theatrical. This change in trend benefits no one as much as the budget-conscious actor.

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12 Tips to Help Actors Survive Long Runs

1.  Buy an extra larynx, just in case. If on a budget, make one using premium deli meat. 2.  Periodically reconnect with the source material.   Especially if the show is about dessert. 3.  Switch costumes with someone weekly, as a sign of affection. You might be tempted to warn them but I say don’t. 

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