Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition: Strategies for Success

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The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition.
 
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with ...
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Overview

The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition.
 
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with practical information—on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in an agent’s office—including: 
 
-- Tactics for getting an agent, including preparing for the interview
-- How to research who will be casting what—and whether there is a role for you—well in advance
-- Examples of correspondence to agents and casting directors for both beginning and advanced professionals
-- A detailed analysis of the current trend of paying to meet industry personnel
-- How to communicate effectively with an agent or personal manager
-- Creative ways to use the internet and social media
  
O’Neil has updated Acting as a Business to keep up with the latest show-business trends, making this fifth edition a reference no actor should be without
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"O'Neil shares his business savvy in this slim, practical-minded actor's guide that covers everything from approaching agents to assembling resumes." --Entertainment Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345807076
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 520,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian O'Neil is a former talent agent and personal manager who has represented actors for theater, film, television, commercials, and radio.  As a talent representative, he was responsible for the career guidance and professional placement for hundreds of actors.  Brian is the founder of Acting as a Business, a one-on-one career-consultation and career-coaching service for actors.  He is a frequent guest-lecturer at some of the nation's finest acting-training programs including the Yale School of Drama and the Juilliard School.
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    More than a pep-talk! For an indispensable guide on navigating

    More than a pep-talk!

    For an indispensable guide on navigating show business in New York or Los Angeles, this book has always had concrete and actionable advice. Since a hiatus from the biz, I have pictures up this new edition and have noticed considerable updates from the 3rd edition I had before. There are other "pep-talk" books out there, but in this book you learn real tips like how to find audiences for projects before the casting calls when they are still in the planning stages. Just make sure you are ready to jump when your opportunity rises! I have been working through the classic Acting: The First Six lessons to sharpen my technique, and feel ready to get back on stage!

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