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Backstage Quotes


"I walked backstage, standing ovation. Everyone was backstage clapping." - The Miz

"At Disneyland, you never go backstage - even when youre in the bathroom." - Hideo Kojima

"I love being backstage, or doing littler things like Blame Canada." - Robin Williams

"Audience participation should extend from on-stage to backstage to under the stage" - David Lee Roth

"I overheard backstage... Did someone just auction off Emilio and me? That was scary!" - Gloria Estefan

"I'm a bad liar; I don't know what to say backstage." - Uta Hagen

"I paid my dues at drama school and worked backstage in every Theatre in London." - Richard Obrien

"all right buddah gets a backstage pass but all his friends have to pay" - Jim Carroll

"And I'd watch George C. Scott from backstage. He was one of my mentors." - Jeffrey Tambor

"I didn't know who Langston Hughes was till he met me backstage." - Ben Vereen

"If you can't get an acting job, then go backstage. Or take tickets." - Ed Asner

"I sat backstage and had a beer with Richard Chamberlain, Paul Newman, and Princess Grace." - Christopher Atkins

"I was going out for absolutely everything that was in Backstage." - Rob Corddry

"I was a backstage kid. I was in the wings looking out." - Joely Fisher

"Backstage life is terrific training for an actor, seeing shows from the wings." - Alan Alda

"At any Maroon 5 concert, you'll see a room backstage marked 'yoga.'" - Adam Levine

"At Disneyland, you never go 'backstage' - even when you're in the bathroom." - Hideo Kojima

"It's quite rare that you find models taken care of backstage." - Abbey Lee Kershaw

"I paid my dues at drama school and worked backstage in every Theatre in London." - Richard O'Brien

"As an artist, you're pretty sheltered backstage. You often don't know what's going on out there." - Gavin Rossdale

"That's what I think musicals will come to. No backstage stories, nothing of that sort." - Vincente Minnelli

"What you don't see backstage is what really controls the show." - Sarah Sutton

"I grew up around backstage, and that clinched it for me." - Zak Orth

"I had a brief theater background and loved the backstage world there's more backstage work in television, so I saw a job advertised and applied, and got it. That was back in 1977, when getting jobs was easy." - Lee Child

"Like backstage, I just peed like every 3 seconds. I think yur staff thinks I have diarrhea." - Jennifer Lawrence

"I've been to the Reading festival twice before-as a punter, though I stayed backstage in the hospitality tent!" - Bruce Dickinson

"I think what you see [in Salome the play backstage] is an artist having this fit of temperament." - Al Pacino

"You had to see him [Marco Rubio] backstage. He was putting on make up with a trowel." - Donald Trump

"The majority of celebrities that come to the show actually don't come backstage. Because they don't know that they can." - Andrew Rannells

"I would think: Stay close to the implants! They must know something because they keep getting asked backstage!" - Moon Unit Zappa

"Supergroupies don't have to hang around hotel corridors. When you are one, as I have been, you get invited backstage." - Germaine Greer

"I grew up backstage and on movie sets, and I thought they were the most magical places on Earth." - Zosia Mamet

"I got my Equity card from an audition out of Backstage. We did 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Kismet.'" - John C Mcginley

"I saw a lot of operas from backstage and watched a lot of rehearsals - my parents were singers." - Rosamund Pike

"Backstage at the Victoria's Secret show is pure madness. Big personalities, big hair, and tons of press." - Erin Heatherton

"I graduated from Brown in 2001, moved to New York, and spent a year and a half just looking up Backstage magazine auditions and grinding." - David Walton

"Somebody will come backstage and go, 'You saved me.' And I will have to say, 'Stop right there. You saved yourself.'" - Tori Amos

"I saw her backstage and said hi, took a picture with her. Tried to get a convo going, but the kid had know idea wut to think!" - Randy Orton

"The kids who come backstage that have cancer or whatever, make them laugh and smile for a little while, what's the problem with that? There isn't any." - Jeff Dunham

"'Breathe In' was such a big deal for me. It was my first anything. Before that, I was going through 'Backstage Magazine' and applying for student films." - Mackenzie Davis

"I got my Backstage Bistro Award, I should just retire. You know, that's a good question and I guess it's really really different for everybody." - Jason Graae

"It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it - The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." - Steve Martin

"I don't know what all the controversy is about, quite frankly. I've met Eminem, I met him backstage, and he's really gay." - Jon Stewart

"We went back, afterward, after the show was over that night, I took my kids backstage and said, You know what? I know my dad's songs..." - Arlo Guthrie

"It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it: The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." - Steve Martin

"We went back, afterward, after the show was over that night, I took my kids backstage and said, "You know what? I know my dad's songs..." - Arlo Guthrie

"I graduated from Brown in 2001, moved to New York, and spent a year and a half just looking up 'Backstage' magazine auditions and grinding." - David Walton

"Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage." - Judy Davis

"I've been known to throw watermelons, backstage, at people who are giving me news I don't want to hear. But I never aim for the head." - Tori Amos

"I was backstage in Paris and saw Cindy Crawford doing House Of Style. I thought, I would love to to be in control of my career." - Tyra Banks

"All my ego wants is to be sitting by a lake in Italy. It doesn't want to be backstage, warming up." - Chet Faker

"I spend my time backstage at the Lanvin shows, and when I come out at the end, all I see are people's eyes." - Alber Elbaz

"The high point of my entire junior high school career was going backstage to meet George Harrison. I was simply awestruck." - Lorna Luft

"I was a microscopic life-form, infinitely large, stumbled backstage of its playhouse, caught a nanosecond glance of its own reality and nearly vaporized in shock." - Johann Sebastian Bach

"There's something about being a part of Broadway and going backstage. You know, like when I go to see a show now and going backstage and saying "Hi" to the cast. It's so thrilling. It's so beyond my wildest dreams from when I was a kid." - Rosie O'Donnell

"I'm the kind of person who wants to present my most honest, authentic self to the world, so I hide backstage and rehearse honest and authentic lines until the curtain opens." - Donald Miller

"I'd like to thank Sony for their gracious hospitality, and for not repeatedly punching me in the face. If I seem a little nervous, it's because Kevin Butler was introduced to me backstage as the VP of sharpening things." - Gabe Newell

"I'm in a band, and I know exactly who those girls are. I know exactly what goes on backstage. I wish I had a little leash to walk him around." - Gwen Stefani

"I gave up music criticism because of the increasingly obvious conflict of interest. I couldn't say anything bad about the records when I might be meeting that person's manager backstage an hour later." - Stephin Merritt

"We can at least go backstage where it's cool and get rest, but the fans have to stay and watch in the heat. It's not me's the fans who have it hard." - Kim Tae-yeon

"I remember being backstage in my full look and the make-up artist said to me: 'Did you hear? Kendall Jenner is here.' 'And I said, 'She is? Oh my God!'" - Kendall Jenner

"I remember being backstage in my full look and the make-up artist said to me: "Did you hear? Kendall Jenner is here." "And I said, "She is? Oh my God!"" - Kendall Jenner

"We can at least go backstage where it's cool and get rest, but the fans have to stay and watch in the heat. It's not me's the fans who have it hard." - Kim Tae-yeon

"I always remember writing a page of jokes for a comedian and handing it to him backstage at a club and he read it and then took his cigarette lighter and lit the page on." - Garry Marshall

"Meeting Justin Bieber was interesting. We were backstage at The Voice, and he was there premiering his "Boyfriend" music video. I was in six-inch heels, so I was towering over him like a giant." - Erin Willett

"One second you're having the time of your life in front of all these people, and then you come backstage to the exact opposite - there's only lukewarm carrots back there." - Babatunde Adebimpe

"Most women can't handle the reality of what comes with being with me. It takes a very secure woman to be backstage at a concert hearing 15,000 females going crazy." - Tyrese Gibson

"There have been very few virtuosos in the history of the group, but there have been a lot of really nice people. The Cure backstage is a notoriously fun-filled zone." - Robert Smith

"I will tame evil, I will get the evil ones, We must find the evil ones. We must get evil, we must laminate evil, we must wear it round our necks, at the backstage party in paradise!" - Bill Bailey

"[John Cassavetes] came backstage afterwards and introduced himself and we talked a bit, and then went for a little coffee at the Russian Tea Room next door. It just...started." - Gena Rowlands

"First and foremost, I'd say my father, Bert Lahr ... gave me a love of theatre-its kinetic and emotional potential and its raffish backstage fun-and also set an artistic example of the importance of corrupting an audience with pleasure." - John Lahr

"All you could do was to see them. We were backstage when the Beatles were on and you could just about hear a noise. It was just literally screaming." - Roger Daltrey

"In the beginning, I thought it would be really glamorous, working in fashion. But it's actually quite hard. You don't even know half the stuff that goes on backstage." - Jacquelyn Jablonski

"It's easy to be lazy when there's food lying around backstage or there's a fast-food joint a couple blocks away. But if you walk a little further, ask around a bit, of course there are exciting things to discover." - Alex Kapranos

"I'm a Freddie Mercury fan. (In response to an interviewer backstage at a Queen concert at the LA Forum, who asked: Can I tell my viewers that Michael Jackson is a Queen fan?" - Freddie Mercury

"When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage. He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close. He didn't want to see the magic." - Nia Vardalos

"Connecting with the kids is a great joy for me. I love meeting them backstage or at a signing event. I am overwhelmed when I meet kids who struggle with terminal illnesses." - Jodi Benson

"I met Elvis first in Las Vegas. I think I was appearing with Tom Jones and he came backstage to say hello to Tom or we went to his dressing room to say hello." - Norm Crosby

"Waiters are like actors waiting in the wings, bantering whenever we passed each other on the restaurant floor, shouting at each other backstage in the kitchen and winking and corpsing above the heads of our audience, the unsuspecting customers." - Richard Eyre

"Yeah, I did some small parts in high school and the first year of college and then fairly soon thereafter I settled into the backstage scenery, and then at the University of Maryland I was doing posters for their productions." - Jim Henson

"I went into performing for the community. Being backstage with your company of fellows is the best part of working in live theater. That energy, that combined focus, the synergy - it's addictive." - Jason Alexander

"When you feel like you've had a good show, you go backstage and you talk to yourself about it, and if you have a bad show you talk to yourself about it." - Tracy Chapman

"I was a little nervous backstage. But I had this book, Gandhi. I just read his quotes, closed my eyes and focused my thoughts. Presently, this book is my prized possession." - Nafisa Joseph

"I love all insider memoirs. It doesn't matter whether it's truck-drivers or doctors. I think everybody likes to go backstage, find out what people think and what they talk about and what specialised job they have." - David Mamet

"I remember being backstage in my full look and the make-up artist said to me: 'Did you hear? Kendall Jenner is here.' 'And I said, 'She is? Oh my God!'" - Kendall Jenner

"They played Boston. They played at the Boston Tea Party and through an amazing chain of events I got to hang out with them backstage even though I was underage." - Jonathan Richman

"In post-Vietnam, post-Watergate America, skeptical voters demand full disclosure of everything from candidates' finances to their medical records, and spin-savvy accounts of backstage machinations dominate political coverage." - Virginia Postrel

"My dad was a theater actor, so I would follow him backstage. And my mom was a casting director. The moment I heard the applause and realized it would get me out of school, I was hooked." - Christian Slater

"Woodstock - I didn't see anybody play, except when I was standing backstage waiting to go on, because it was so muddy. And the weather was so horrible, you literally couldn't get there except by helicopter." - Grace Slick

"Now, at this point, I can wrestle, I can go out there and cut an entertaining promo, I can also do the backstage stuff... and if you can contribute more to the show, you have more staying power." - Trish Stratus

"Recently, I went up to Casino Rama to see Martin Short's show, just to see how he put it all together. And after the show, I went backstage and picked his brain to find out why he did certain things." - Trish Stratus

"Occasionally, when I run into a great bass backstage at a festival I'll play a few notes on the low E string, just to feel the instrument vibrate against my belly." - Steve Swallow

"I don't really know any other musicians like me. I grew up backstage with my dad who played in a post-war dance band, so I always feel at home at a venue." - Pete Townshend

"I spent 25 years clearly understanding that I'm not gonna meet Bono or the Edge. But then it happened at the Grammys when we were all backstage and I just about fell out of my shoes." - Kristian Bush

"I was doing theater in my high school, and I started writing sort of silly songs on the piano backstage in summer theater. I eventually put them online and started getting this little following." - Bo Burnham

"I was looking at the setlist backstage and I just said, 'Oh my God, the first six songs nobody's gonna know.' But they all knew the lyrics. It just blew me away." - Meredith Brooks

"One of the things I noticed when I worked at Vibe was that backstage at a fashion show, they always referred to the black models as "black girls." I thought, "They never say 'white girls.'." - Hilton Als

"The fact is most of the things that people know about me are made up. My own life is backstage. So what you "know" about me is only what I allowed you to know about me." - Tom Waits

"(Talks about her grandmother Marjorie Finlay)"She was actually a recording star in Puerto Rico when my mom was growing up. My mom was always stuck sitting backstage somewhere or sitting in a front row, watching a performance her entire childhood. She thought that when her mom stopped performing she was relieved of those duties, but all I wanted to do was sing, ever since I was born, so she's always been backstage." - Taylor Swift

"One of my earliest memories is being backstage at Bran Nue Dae in Darwin when I was about eight. Its such a fun, happy show and a real celebration of being Aboriginal... it felt really great and achievable as a career. It all felt normal." - Shari Sebbens

"The earliest memories I have from my childhood are of my mum getting ready to go on stage. I must have been about five and I would watch her vomiting backstage on opening night, and then the next minute she became Isabella, the Queen of Spain. At the time I remember thinking, 'What kind of schizophrenic job is this?' Now it all makes sense." - Javier Bardem

"Once you've been backstage at a theater, the theater is never the same for you. Once you've noticed the crack in the vase, the vase is never the same for. Once you've seen a friend do something appalling, the friendship is never the same. That does not mean you won't go to the theater, or keep the vase or the friend. You can choose." - Tibor Fischer

"He was my ultimate present my own personal miracle and I'd blown it. I'd given him away. It was like winning backstage passes to meet the rock star of your dreams and donating the tickets to charity. It sucked. Big time." - Colleen Houck

"I think people probably lie about not reading their own reviews. I don't think that's true - I've been to a lot of music festivals and hung out backstage, especially in the past couple of years, and I see all these bands reading about themselves in newspapers. So I don't think that's true." - Lily Allen

"Even Arnold's adviser says he was shocked by his decision to run. I mean, his people were backstage that night and they had no idea. He totally fooled them. Who knew Arnold was that good of an actor? If he had done that in a movie, he'd have an Academy Award by now." - Jay Leno

"The challenge for me, and for Asian models in general has been convincing editors, stylists and photographers that we can have mass appeal, but Asian, especially Chinese models have become a stronger presence. Just a season or two ago, there weren't many models for me to talk with backstage in my native Mandarin. Now I usually have no trouble finding someone at any show." - Liu Wen

"The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about. I didn't realize that my body was moving. It's a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said, 'What'd I do? What'd I do?' And he said "Whatever it is, go back and do it again."" - Elvis Presley

"... I would urge a young player to listen to Charlie Christians' sense of time ... I'll never forget listening to my father (Bucky Pizzarelli) and Tal Farlow playing Christians' 'Solo Flight' backstage at a gig... that's when it hit me how big of an effect Christian had on jazz guitar. 'Solo Flight' was like the gospel..." - John Pizzarelli

"I think one of the greatest compliments I've ever received was when a young kid came backstage at Joe's Pub, when I had the "Bronx In Blue" album out. He said, "What Jimmy Reed did for you, you do for me."" - Dion DiMucci

"There is no definitive list of the duties of a stage manager that is applicable to all theaters and staging environments. Regardless of specific duties, however, the stage manager is the individual who accepts responsibility for the smooth running of rehearsals and performances, on stage and backstage." - Laurence Sterne

"For the last one hundred and fifty years, the history of the House of Rothschild has been to an amazing degree the backstage history of Western Europe...Because of their success in making loans not to individuals but to nations, they reaped huge profits...Someone once said that the wealth of Rothschild consists of the bankruptcy of nations." - Frederic Morton

"Once, when we were playing at the Apollo Theater, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don't know if it was the right thing to do-I asked her for her autograph." - Ella Fitzgerald

"I'm really clumsy, so I trip and fall a lot. And every time I perform in New York my pants split onstage. That's happened four or five times. Every time, I pull on my mom's jeans as fast as I can, so there we are, standing backstage without our pants on. It's like a curse." - Jessica Simpson

"My first Hip Hop concert was at the Apollo at the age of 12. Southpaw's father was interviewing Queen Latifah and Treach as well as many others. The place was so packed no one could move but I got to be backstage with the video equipment and so I saw the show from a great place." - Immortal Technique

"My parents are actors as well, so I grew up around that world. It was always a very romantic, mythical world. They did a lot of theater, so to me an actor was getting to come backstage and dressing room mirrors with bulbs around them and trying on people's costumes. It was very exciting to me as a child." - Phoebe Fox

"I remember the night when I was playing at Birdland, and Duke Ellington walked in wearing that cap of his and with all his elegance. The Duke then came backstage, and I was there with my band. That's the one thing I miss." - Maynard Ferguson

"When I was having my hair and make-up done backstage at a fashion show, I would sneak in a copy of Dostoevsky and read it inside a copy of Elle or Vogue. But it would be pretentious of me to say I was more intelligent than the other supermodels." - Carla Bruni

"Harry [Shearer] and I had an idea to do a movie about rock 'n' roll from the roadies' perspective, from backstage. Then Meat Loaf came out with a movie called Roadie and we thought, "Oh, we can't do that now." So we kind of discarded the idea." - Rob Reiner

"I have this great fear of people - not when I'm on the runway, but backstage. In a room full of people, I really suffer. I sort of go into a tunnel and I feel very removed. I get so tense, I can't swallow, and my heartbeat goes way up. It still happens now, although I'm better at controlling it." - Linda Evangelista

"Every makeup artist has a straw somewhere on them, pretty much at all times. They're pros, and it's a lot easier to sip things backstage and not mess with your lipstick that way. You learn fast to always ask for a straw when your makeup is done." - Kendall Jenner

"I always had to fight. I still do, believe it or not. When I had to go backstage. Even in Paris, I remember Billie Blair - a great model at the time - had to sneak me in by telling people I was her hairdresser. But her hair was so short, practically shaved. I said, "Couldn't you say I was your makeup artist?"" - Roxanne Lowit

"I did love that scene in the movie [ "Our Brand Is Crisis"] because it's like "The Wizard of Oz." You see the backstage action of politics. You have access to see behind the curtain. You see how it's all one big advertisement." - Sandra Bullock

"I used to have more meltdowns backstage than I do [now].... It's not that it was ever cool, but right now, it just seems very uncool to have a meltdown. I'm not saying I'll never have one! But I've learnt to stop it just before it happens." - Guido Palau

"I met Mel [Brooks] backstage in Anne's [Bancroft] dressing room. He was wearing one of those pea coats, pea jackets that were made famous by the Merchant Marines, and I admired it and he said, "You know, they used to call this a urine jacket, but it didn't sell."" - Gene Wilder

"I was like the roadie, I was carrying gear, checking things in at airports, making sure they had flowers backstage and interfacing with promoters who were sometimes really nice and sometimes a little seedy. It was a great apprenticeship, to be in the music industry." - Annie E. Clark

"Let me tell you something, last night in the debate, during one of the breaks, two of the breaks, Donald Trump went backstage. He asked for a full length mirror. I don`t know why because the podium goes up to here. He wanted a full length mirror. Maybe to make sure his pants weren`t wet. I don`t know." - Marco Rubio

"I get starstruck really easily. I love music so much - it sounds so silly to say that - so if I'm playing a festival and somebody I love, like [Primal Scream's] Bobby Gillespie, is there in the backstage area, I'm like, "Wow this is amazing! There they are!"" - Dee Dee Ramone

"In the rock 'n roll slang world, they're called rock doctors, or rock docs. They would come out to shows and like to hang backstage. You could get a prescription for anything you want from them. They just want to hang out and party. It's crazy because you can get a prescription to anything. It doesn't even matter what kind of doctor they are." - Reginald Arvizu

"Tiffani-Amber Thiessen thought we were all on blow....Tori Spelling hung out with us backstage and gave us the lowdown. Brian Austin Green, kept telling us about his music. Ian Ziering was kind of a dick. Maybe he was having a bad day." - Adam Levine

"A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it's a joke." - Soren Kierkegaard

"What crushed my soul was hanging out with bitter, desperate comics backstage. They're a different breed than the bitter yet eager psyches in the wings of an improv theatre. Struggling stand-ups have externalized self-loathing into an art form. They're a hunching, quaking, unshaven lot." - Scott Adsit

"We were playing a small club in San Diego and the power had gone out in the building. Eddie had a lighter and kept us lit backstage. We became very good friends and spent a lot of time together including hearing Eddie sing in some of the bands he was in at the time." - Jack Irons

"When we lived in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, my sister and I did a local play. My whole family got involved. My mom did the makeup. My sister and I were being homeschooled, and my parents wanted us to be socialized. We had a lot of fun with the other kids hanging out backstage." - Danielle Panabaker

"I have always wanted to work in the theater. I've always felt the glamour of being backstage and that excitement, but I've never actually done it - not since I was in 5th grade, really. But I've had many plays in my films. I feel like maybe theater is a part of my movie work." - Wes Anderson

"Never stand still. Only stand still enough to learn, and once you stop learning in that stance, move off. Always keep yourself engaged, in theater, in whatever job you can get. If you can't get an acting job, then go backstage. Or take tickets. But be around actors because that is where you will primarily learn." - Ed Asner

"I always say the best applause you can get is when you walk from backstage up to your microphone at a concert. It's also nice to walk up to the mike at an awards show, and that applause is great, too, but the best is when your fans are cheering for you." - Dierks Bentley

"It was 1988, I believe, that I met Grit. We were both appearing in a Canadian Folk Festival and as we sat backstage he handed me his guitar. I played it, loved it, and then found out that he'd made it himself." - Tom Chapin

"My former bullies pay extra to come backstage and meet me after shows, and I pretend not to know them in front of their friends. It is the most divine pleasure to exact the revenge of the brutalized child that resides within." - Margaret Cho

"Our publicist at Warner Brothers is a young guy who has worked so hard for seven years with us and when we saw him backstage he broke down and cried. He couldn't believe it happened. It was seeing him so overcome when we realised how much it really meant." - Wayne Coyne

"I had the most expensive haircut you can get, and I was walking around with my hair in rollers backstage, and my hair still came out looking like I was shot out of a cannon and I had just gotten out of bed." - Kelly Cutrone

"I find out as much from the guy in backstage TV as I do from my C.F.O. Anybody can e-mail me. I do town halls with employees at least once every eight weeks. I'm out there, and it makes a huge difference." - Mindy Grossman

"I certainly know that on our first tour of America in 1968, David Crosby came to see us backstage at the Fillmore East in New York, and I was very pleased to meet him from Buffalo Springfield and that kind of stuff. He didn't ask me anything about the music, but he said, 'Where'd you get your clothes, man?'" - Justin Hayward

"The designers usually don't like to say until we're on the runway. Like when I did Prada last year, I couldn't mention doing Prada or even Tweet or take a picture and put it on Twitter saying I was backstage at the Prada show. And Dolce was the same thing. They like to keep a little surprise, I guess, a little secret for everybody." - Alessandra Ambrosio

"I want to go to Harry Potter Land! I actually should text Emma Watson to see if she can hook us up with a backstage pass or something. That's the perk of doing a movie with Emma called 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.'" - Nina Dobrev

"My memories of Las Vegas were all with my father when I was, like, a teenager. He was best friends with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and we'd come up and see the shows and go backstage afterwards and have dinner together. It was one of my first educations about stars and how they really are back stage." - Michael Douglas

"I was making stickers for guys' bands. I was in the front row photographing bands, booking bands, doing all of the kind of backstage stuff, and I didn't even think for a second I could do it, and then I saw Babes in Toyland, and all that changed." - Kathleen Hanna

"It's funny, though, because when I first started going to races after we met, I was extremely nervous. It's like being backstage and hoping you don't trip over something or break an amp or accidentally speak into a live microphone, so I was really hesitant." - Ashley Judd

"So I majored in Drama, did all the plays that were possible to do, skated through school in order to be in every production on stage or backstage in whatever capacity and I came to New York looking for work in the summers." - Linda Lavin

"My junior year, I was in a play at school and five days before opening night, I still didn't know my lines. Opening night was a disaster. I was so embarrassed. The director made me work backstage for the rest of the performance." - Katie Leclerc

"I've gotten to go to the Opry a couple of times and stand backstage and watch. But I made it a point not to take a tour or stand in the circle until music took me there. I told myself that was one place I'd never go unless music took me there." - Dustin Lynch