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Rob York

Director

Backstage Magazine was virtually the only resource in New York City when I began looking for work in the film industry. Twenty years later, I can look back and say that I actually owe my start in the industry to Backstage!

Katie Finneran

The Iceman Cometh

Your magazine has carried me through the hardest of times. It was all I looked at when I first moved to New York. It’s like the mecca, the Torah, of actors going to New York. It has to be a part of your life. You make it so comforting for actors. I used you guys all the time for auditions and read the articles on how to be a better actor, how to be more patient—there was an article on rejection that I swear saved me. It’s such a great thing; every actor all over the world knows about Backstage. I read it for so many years and continue to look at it so fondly.

Connie Britton

Spin City

I was so excited to get my first commercial that I almost didn’t go to the Sundance Film Festival when ‘The Brothers McMullen’ got in. After two years of trying, I finally got my first commercial. ‘Brothers McMullen’ was truly my big break. I got it out of Backstage, and I didn’t have an agent and I wasn’t in SAG, and it went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and everything changed. And that film’s director, Ed Burns, is definitely a champion. I’ve done three movies with him, and I learned so much about the way I love to work by working with him. Pete Berg, too. I love working with the same people over and over again; I feel it always allows me to do my best work. Because I know that person is behind me.

Catherine Dent

Uncle Vanya

I certainly have stood in a lot of very long lines from ads in Backstage. I remember one time there was this open call for a soap opera. This was 25 years ago. And I remember it was on a Saturday. They’re always on a Saturday; they’re never on normal working hours. And I remember coming out of the subway, and there were literally 350 girls just lined up. I’d just moved to New York and thought, ‘Oh, God.’ I stood in a lot of lines from Backstage. I certainly read it every week.

Loretta Devine

Broadway

When I first started in the business, [Backstage] was my bible.

Kim Cattrall

The Ghost Writer

There was a time when [Backstage] was a bible for me of information. I was in a couple of articles. I remember doing a play at the Lee Strasberg Institute, ‘A View From the Bridge,’ and they did an article about the play and I was part of it, and it was a great article. A lot of people came from it. I have very fond memories of Backstage.

Chris Evans

Captain America

I got my first acting gig through Backstage in New York. It was a film called ‘The Paper Boy.’ Eric Ogden was the director. I was living in NYC the summer of my junior-going-into-senior year of high school, interning in casting offices, doing that shit, and I was getting Backstage and looking for auditions. There was an audition for this short, so I went and auditioned and got a callback, and I was all fired up. It was my first real audition outside of, like, community theater, and I ended up getting it. I remember I was walking to work one morning and I got a phone call from the director being like, ‘You wanna do this thing?’ I was like, ‘Ah!’ I remember walking down the street with my hand in the air.

Kim Basinger

8 Mile

“Backstage is more than just another trade publication. It is filled with up-to-date and valuable information on what is happening in the industry from week to week, especially for actors just coming into L.A. It could even lead you to where you need to be at the moment…you never know.” 

Gavin O'Connor

Writer-director

“When I got out of college, it was all about Backstage. When I made my short films and plays, I cast out of Backstage. Everyone, when they get to New York and want to be in that business, starts with Backstage. It’s all about Backstage.”

Todd Field

Actor

“Backstage saved my life, basically. When I was going to give up acting completely and I was on the phone with my mother in New York City, saying, ‘Couldn’t you just send me a couple of hundred dollars? I’ll pay you back.’ I’d been sleeping on a bench in Penn Station for two weeks. I had an old copy of Backstage, and there was this casting call in the back, and she said, ‘Well, I’ll give you a ticket to come home, but I’m not going to send you any money.’ I said, ‘Okay, well, I have this audition first,’ as if I had some big audition. It was a cattle call in the back of Backstage, and I went to it and I got my first job from that [Backstage], and I’ve been working ever since. I have very romantic feelings about Backstage because of that.”

Marcia Gay Harden

“God of Carnage” on Broadway

“Literally, I got off the bus in a pair of character shoes and an A-line skirt and a leotard shirt, thinking, ‘I want to be an actor.’ Thinking, as most of us do, getting off the bus with suitcase in hand, that it’s going to be a lot easier than it is and the city will just be glad I’m there as they discover me. You know in the back of your head it’s not true, but you don’t know how hard it’s going to be, and it’s hard—it’s really hard. You audition for everything. In fact, I probably got my first job from Backstage magazine in New York. It was an Off-Off-Off-Broadway production, and it was a new play, and I went down there and auditioned in a cattle call, and I got the role. So that’s a minor miracle.”

Dan Strutzel

Vice President of Publishing, Nightingale-Conant

As VP of Publishing at Nightingale-Conant, I’ve had the unique opportunity to attend a wide variety of personal development seminars and programs. I can honestly say that Lifeskills Leadership 1 is among the best programs I have ever attended. Every aspect of the program—-from the trainers, to the curriculum, to the follow-up after the event—-is first-class! My life was transformed for the better—and yours will be too! I can’t recommend this program highly enough.

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