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Get started in acting by being an extra

What do Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone, Rene Zellweger, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? Yes, they are all famous actors, but did you know that each and every one of them got their start as an extra?

That's right. Before Sylvester Stallone was Rocky, he was a mugger in Woody Allen's "Bananas." Before they starred in "Good Will Hunting," Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were extras in a stadium scene in "Field of Dreams."

It just goes to show that everyone has to start somewhere, right? If you're looking for a way into Hollywood, check out Backstage, a site that will connect you to auditions and casting calls all across the country.

From casting commercials to shooting an entire Web series, there are hundreds of listings posted on Backstage. The site is also chock full of tips and tricks on how to nail your audition, get the best head shot, or how to find an acting class or manager. With the Backstage site, you'll also have access to exclusive articles written by experts in the field.

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