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An Actor Prepares...To Live in New York City: How to Live Like a Star Before You Become One

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(Limelight). A guide for actors, and everyone else, to getting the best for less and surviving, thriving and living the good life in the Big Apple. Here is the ultimate guidebook for the hordes of aspiring young performers who arrive in the Big City determined to climb the ladder to stardom. But the purpose of Craig Wroe, an actor himself, is not to provide instruction on how to refine acting, singing or dancing talents or how to land a job in the chorus of The Producers . Plenty of other books do that. His aim is far broader to help you survive

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Overview

(Limelight). A guide for actors, and everyone else, to getting the best for less and surviving, thriving and living the good life in the Big Apple. Here is the ultimate guidebook for the hordes of aspiring young performers who arrive in the Big City determined to climb the ladder to stardom. But the purpose of Craig Wroe, an actor himself, is not to provide instruction on how to refine acting, singing or dancing talents or how to land a job in the chorus of The Producers . Plenty of other books do that. His aim is far broader to help you survive in the crowded, frantic, expensive maelstrom that is New York. From finding a decent, reasonably inexpensive place to live to finding competent, reasonably inexpensive dental care, from getting computer training to organize your day-to-day existence to joining a gym to harden your body, from eating well to dressing better all on a tight budget there is virtually no aspect of life in New York that is not covered in this book. And it not only names names; it gives addresses and phone numbers as well. And keep in mind that newly-arrived lawyers, accountants, models, writers you name them need these things too.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The business rather than the technique of acting is the focus of these two guides. Though much has been published on how to make it in the entertainment industry, few books are as practical and honest as Act Now! Actor Jazwinski has devised a step-by-step plan that will most definitely help aspiring actors put themselves in a position to get an agent and auditions. He is sympathetic to a young actor's dreams but pulls no punches about the commitment and determination needed to make it. He goes so far as to prescribe affirmations, e.g., "What did I do today to advance my acting career?" In addition to some interesting "acting tests," he also includes helpful information on finding auditions and contacting agents and casting directors. An Actor Prepares takes things a step further. A New Yorker since 1984, Wroe (acting, Sch. for Film and Television) aims "to provide actors with all the information they'll need to survive" the concrete jungle of Manhattan. Unlike Jazwinksi, he does not tell readers how to find an agent or get an audition. Instead, this is a sort of Frommer's for actors that explains how to live inexpensively but well. Chapters cover everything from finding a cheap place to live to getting health insurance. While there is actor-specific information on rehearsal spaces and jobs between "jobs," much of Wroe's advice, e.g., where to find decent public bathrooms and how to secure cheap orchestra tickets, would interest recent transplants as well as those looking to move to New York City. Useful as it may be to a large audience, Wroe's advice is likely to date quickly. Jazwinski's, however, is timeless and convincing and is essential for all libraries serving up-and-coming actors.-Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879109868
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 963,749
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to New York 13
Getting Settled 17
Staying Healthy 71
Personal and Professional Resources 91
Shopping 131
All Work and No Play 261
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