1. Getting A Physical Copy Of Backstage
Those pages can’t help but transport you back to the very first time you bought one, ran it home, got out your reddest pen and circled every single audition listing you thought you were ‘right’ for.
2. That Surreal Feeling You Got Auditioning For A Chorus Line
Anytime you hear ‘I Hope I Get It’ your mind races back to that bizarre moment in time when you auditioned for A Chorus Line and sang the lyrics that lined up perfectly with your current thought process. “I really need this job. Please God, I need this job. I’ve got to get this Job.”
3. The First monologue You Ever Memorized.
It’s thirty years later and you can still spout off that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory monologue verbatim. (And you can do it in six different dialects too!)
4. The First Time Your Agent Called to Say, “You Got The Part!”
Whether you were crammed in the backseat of a car next to a dog with diarrhea, or eating a vegan BLT in a NYC diner, or maybe even wrapped in a paper gown at the docs…that first call (and many similar calls) will always be near and dear to your heart.
5. The First Time You Totally Bombed an Audition
You’re still cringing at the Ashlee Simpson Shuffle you did off stage after totally blowing it. (It happens to everyone!)
Falling in love with your scene partner one time or another is as inevitable as a long pause in a Beckett play.
7. Discovering the Life Force That is Throat Coat.
Time and time again, this little tea bag has saved the show.
8. The First Time You Wore a Costume You Loathed.
Maybe it was a nude unitard, a horse that you wore around your waist, or a fat suit. No matter the level of embarrassment, you suit up anyway because the show must go on.
9. That Diner You and Your Theatre Pals Always Go to After a Show.
You know the place. The one that’s open late and doesn’t mind a gaggle of loud thespians taking over an entire section, drinking endless coffee refills and bursting into song randomly. (Not to mention that incredible muffin with the sugar crumbles on top.)
10. The First Time You Got Paid To Do What You Love.
Whether it was a theme park, cruise ship, independent theatre, or Broadway, there’s nothing better than the moment you became a working actor.