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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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Great Musicals with Large Casts

Even though we are currently in the middle of Autumn, it’s never to early to start planning for the big Spring or Summer musical! If you are working with a large group of performers, it can be a massive challenge finding the right show that provides cameos for everyone, is of the appropriate level of difficulty and entertains the audience.

To help with your search for the perfect big musical with a large cast, here are 10 great musicals that require large casts of talented performers:

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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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Trick-or-Treat on Broadway!

Do-It-Yourself Blood, Guts and Gore

October is the best time of year for a makeup artist, and also for faces that like to be painted. Whether it’s enjoying the myriad of Instagram tutorials on ghoul and goblin faces, or preparing your favorite characters for immersive Halloween productions, this is the month theatrical makeup thrives.

But, if you’re new to the world of special effects, here’s the perfect introduction to DIY latex prosthetics that are so easy you can do them at home. Yes, these are great for Halloween – but they are also ideal for your next production of Titus Andronicus or Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore.

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