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Backstage: They Got Cast!

“When I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in June 2017, I signed up for Backstage a few months later. It’s where I received some of my first projects after graduating from acting school, so it’s kind of home to me.”

LSTFI alumnus, David Ventura

Since the inception of Backstage’s “I Got Cast”, a recurring series detailing the ways that the famed publication has been a reliable tool for up-and-coming actors, countless LSTFI alumni have been featured. Like David, who graduated from our Two Year Conservatory program, each alum shares their personal experience with Backstage – along with tips to make it through the early stages of your career. Click the alum’s name to read their story!


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David Ventura

“Each day that you are thinking about your passion for acting, you are drawing closer and closer to the projects that you’ll be a part of and to the creative people you’ll meet. Always be passionate and you’ll continue to grow.”


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Andrea Claudio Russo

“Apply for every role, try to get in as many projects as possible, and develop your craft—each time a little more. Observe; learn from professionals by watching how they work on set, look at the way they take direction. Be ready; be proactive.”


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Te’ena Klein


“[Backstage] can help a lot with finding projects that are right for you, to not waste time scrolling through a bunch of irrelevant calls. I typically look for roles that excite and challenge me and that I know I will enjoy portraying.”


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Andre Vauthey

“I’ve actually made friends with people on the other side of the table. That’s why being truly yourself and not what you think they want to see is so important: You might not get that specific project, but they will think of you once they do have something that matches you.”


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Ana Capella

“I think that success, as with everything else in life, is relative. It depends on who you compare your success to. I am learning to compare mine to my own and acknowledge the goals I set for myself that have been accomplished. We need to learn to be grateful, encouraging, and gentle to ourselves in the smallest of achievements.”


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Freya Lund

“I always make sure I leave a good impression on anybody I work with. I think that is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with people in the field: Work hard and be professional. Kindness goes a long way in this industry.”


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Silvia Morigi

“I’m in New York; success is a word with many meanings. For me, I get the most out of my life as an actress when I know I’m 100 percent invested in putting myself out there, going for auditions not just to get the job, but to take a risk and learn something more every single time.”


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Raiane Cantisano

“Dream big. Set goals for yourself, but stay open to all possibilities, and trust your gut. Know your strengths, but also try new things. Surprise yourself. This business is kind to those who work really hard but also know how to enjoy themselves in the process.”


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Maya Jasmin

“Every film set is a great place to meet other filmmakers, theater makers, and actors, which can definitely lead to [future] projects together.”


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Rotem Weiner

“I usually look for roles that look like they can challenge me but at the same time fit me. I love roles that portray strong women in a way that gives the actor a place to find the complexity of the character and not just scrape the surface of what a strong woman is—characters that are whole and rounded.”


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Terence Schweizer

“Submit for everything you can get your hands on and gain experience in the real world. It’s important that you practice your craft, but also get used to the audition process, because it is very important when you finally get the chance to be in that room to own the space.”


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Frans Dam

“I try not to typecast myself too much, since I believe we all are completely different people on our worst and on our best days. It’s up to the circumstances to decide our behavior.”


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Isra Elsalihie

“I really try to challenge myself, so I often take on roles spanning many different categories to expand my sense of reality.”


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Laura Przybilla

“Believe in yourself and go after what you want. Don’t be afraid to humiliate yourself. The universe will give you everything you want if you believe in it.”


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Alicia Cerón

“[Backstage] is always being updated with really interesting projects that are open to all kinds of ethnicities. In general, I focus on productions with a significant multicultural focus.”


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