If you’re just starting out in acting, it’s important to know what’s happening in the industry. Reading daily trades publications will help you know who’s creating entertainment, what’s culturally relevant right now, and what changes actors should anticipate. Not only will subscribing to these publications help you professionally, it shows that you’re genuinely interested in the works that other creative professionals are involved in. I recommend following these authorities on all of your social media platforms as well, so you’re always in the know.
Here are a few highly recommended publications that I’ve subscribed to and visit often!
Backstage has everything. They publish advice on how to get started in your career, what books you can read, audition techniques, headshot outlines – you name it. Plus, “The Slate” is an extremely helpful resource for actors who are in quarantine right now.
Have a little extra time on your hands? In addition to reading up on the latest entertainment news, I love Variety’s “What to Watch” section for highly anticipated film and TV shows on a number of streaming platforms.
3. Hollywood Reporter
Your go-to resource for all things Hollywood. They still have a print magazine that you can get delivered to your place as well, but their website is also an enjoyable digital rabbit hole to go into if you’d like to save some trees.
What I love about Deadline’s website layout is that they break every category into more specific sub-categories. For example, if you want to read about Film that day, you can visit their website and see and learn about Animation, Acquisitions, and more. It makes it super easy to find the latest news if you’re hyper-focused on a specific area of entertainment.
5. The Wrap
They’ve got Hollywood covered. They also have a community specifically for women in the entertainment industry, called WrapWomen, where they host events and discuss topics like career advancement and leadership, gender equity and combating sexual harassment in entertainment. It’s pretty sweet.
PS – Yes, I did save The Wrap for last, not because it’s my least favourite of all of the publications, but so I can conclude this entry with … “that’s a wrap!”
(Get it? No? Okay, I’ll show myself out)