How to Be A Working Actor

How to Be A Working Actor

The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film and Television

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
The celebrated survival guide for the working actor - now completely updated and expanded with a foreword by Tony award-winning actor Joe Mantegna!

Renowned for more than two decades as the most comprehensive resource for actors, How to Be a Working Actor is a must-read for achieving success in The Business. Now this "Bible of the Biz" has been completely revised and greatly expanded to address new markets, ever-changing opportunities, and the many new ways today's actors find work. Talent manager, teacher, and career coach Mari Lyn Henry and actress, author, and spokeswoman Lynne Rogers combine their extensive skills and years of experience to cover all the essentials of how to market yourself, land roles, and manage a successful career. They also include expert advice from scores of other industry experts - well-known actors, agents, managers, casting directors, and teachers.

How to Be a Working Actor is loaded with advice on how to:

- put together a professional wardrobe
- get a head shot that brings out the real you
- create a resume that really works
- find the training to develop your talents
- communicate effectively with agents and managers
- use the internet to promote your business and explore new opportunities
- get the most value out of union membership
- excel at auditions and screen tests
- discover how to get work in regional markets
- cope with success

How to Be a Working Actor takes a no-nonsense approach to the whole business of being a working actor, with detailed information on how to live on a budget in New York and Los Angeles, what the acting jobs are and what they pay, even how to find a survival strategy that will augment your career. And an extensive section on script analysis shows you how to investigate the depth of a character to create a memorable audition for roles in theatre, film, and television.

Baker & Taylor
Describes what the decision-makers are looking for during auditions, interviews, or when looking through portfolios and provides advice on using the Internet to search for acting opportunities.

Actors, educators, acting teachers, casting directors, talent agents, managers, and producers don’t agree on much, but they all agree that How to Be a Working Actor is the definitive guide to the business of acting. Being a working actor means managing a career as an ongoing business--and while most books focus on dramatic technique, this one reveals the whole picture, from improving audition skills to surviving screen tests, from finding an agent to surviving in the city or in regional theater. Now in its fifth edition, updated and expanded, the book includes a new chapter on the value of education and ongoing training, a look at "cyberbiz" and other new opportunities, updated information on actors’ unions, new audition material, and ideas from industry pros. Get How to Be a Working Actor and get working!

Publisher: New York : Back Stage Book, c2008
Edition: 5th ed.
ISBN: 9780823088959
Branch Call Number: 792.028 HEN
Characteristics: 426 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogers, Lynne


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