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  • Backstage Experts Answer: 16 Ways to Fail as an Actor

    Our Backstage Experts are acting teachers, coaches, casting directors, actors themselves, and everything in between. Having been in the industry for decades, they’ve learned plenty and know what it takes to succeed, so we knew they’d be the perfect group to ask the following question:
    What’s one sure-fire way to fail as an actor?
    Here are answers from 16 industry professionals! 
    (And if you missed the last installment of this column, check out “What Do You Wish You’d Known Before You Started in the Industry?” and see how to get your acting questions answered at the bottom of this article!)
    Paul Barry, L.A.-based Australian acting teacher One of my first Backstage articles dealt with this question in a broader sense in the industry. 
    As for what an actor can do to fail in performance, I would encourage you to consider that failure is welcome, and should, in fact, be embraced. For every piece of advice suggesting traps to avoid, there are A-list stars who did exactly those things and still maintain terrific careers. They may even have those terrific careers as a result of ignoring such advice. 
    Regardless of your level of experience, you will always manage to screw

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