November 2003

Back Stage West

VNU Business Publications

  • 5055 Wilshire Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90036-6100




$89.00/ per year per year

abc Back Stage West xyz is the bible for aspiring thespians that are based in Los Angeles. Published weekly, it’s a trade journal for actors that provides feature articles, industry news, film festival and theatrical reviews, along with a definitive listing of casting notices for film, television, stage, and commercials.

Feature articles are usually interviews with more established talent. A recent issue featured interviews with Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts (both of "Everybody Loves Raymond.") The actors offer opinions on career vs. family, comedy vs. drama and how to give a good audition. Another article dealt with the ins and outs of getting representation with a manager or agent and how to make the most of the representation you’ve got.

The extensive list of casting notices is perhaps the primary reason most actors turn to abc Back Stage West xyz . Here one can find information on upcoming plays, television series, films, commercials, and voice-over jobs. Each listing comes with a breakdown of what types of roles the director or producer is looking for, along with shoot dates and contact information.

abc Back Stage West xyz is the sister publication of Back Stage, which focuses on the acting scene in New York and the East Coast. Articles and casting notices from both publications can be found on the website

Reviewer: Mollie Jones, FIDM Library Staff Member