What: pay-to-play acting jobs

Expected pay: none

Husl $core: $SSSS

Where: National

Requirements: Be star-struck and gullible.

Review: Like Explore Talent, Backstage says that it will help you find acting jobs but to sign up, you’ve got to pay a monthly subscription fee and there is no guarantee that you’ll get work. On the bright side, they charge less than Explore Talent — a minimum of $12.50 per month or $150 per year — so if you’re determined to pay somebody to get access to free auditions, this site will allow you to lose money less quickly. However, a better option would be to go to Actor’s Access, which has a free sign up and profile process. That site will also try to sell you a premium subscription but its also cheaper. (More on that on the Actors Access page.)

Our suggestion: Post your profile at Actor’s Access and search for jobs at Playbill, which operates a free job board. 

What their users say:

“I thought it had a lot of great auditions and submissions but never any response back about anything. I felt like I was just a small fish in a large pond. Richard was very helpful with great customer service.”

“How desperate does this site have to be to post theme park auditions that I can see details and time of auditions for free if I just go to that theme parks web site? This isn’t professional at all if they’re showing us auditions that do not require their subscription fees for us to find. No one should ever have to pay to look for casting calls, it’s like looking for a job, job web sites post openings all the time for positions, this is just another scam talent agency trying to rob money out of those that don’t know how the acting/entertainment industry works.”

“You’ll find this to be huge waste of time, some of the listings are fake, and they will go away/be filled weeks before the date ends – actually conveniently after you apply. Don’t bother! Get a good agent, and do it the right way. NO FAMOUS PEOPLE USED THIS TO GET ANY NOTEABLE ACTING JOB!”

Try Backstage.com