An Actor's Guide: Your First Year in Hollywood

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Ready-talent and a little bit of luck's wind can help establish a network among Hollywood's leading directors, producers, and fellow actors. The actor, who must at all times be prepared to change gears without losing sight of motivation, will find this revised edition of An Actor's Guide Your First Year in Hollywood an absolutely necessary companion to surviving and thriving in Hollywood.

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Overview

Ready-talent and a little bit of luck's wind can help establish a network among Hollywood's leading directors, producers, and fellow actors. The actor, who must at all times be prepared to change gears without losing sight of motivation, will find this revised edition of An Actor's Guide Your First Year in Hollywood an absolutely necessary companion to surviving and thriving in Hollywood.

This book teaches actors how to gain and put into practice all the necessary skills needed to succeed in Hollywood. Packed with wise, realistic advice from an experienced and successful writer/actor, An Actor's Guide Your First Year in Hollywood teaches actors how to:

  • Survive your first year in Hollywood
  • Take clear cut steps and launch your successful acting career
  • Understand the road maps of Hollywood language
  • Contact agents, studios, soap operas, game shows, and gain exposure
  • Audition, Get a SAG card, build credits and create publicity
  • Land a dream role and handle contracts
With detailed advice from top industry professionals and well-known actors, An Actor's Guide Your First Year in Hollywood provides additional first-hand tips and an easy-to-use appendix section that makes knowing Los Angeles and navigating Hollywood comparable to a breeze.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Saint Nicholas is a young actor and writer living in Los Angeles. Like many other actors and writers, he had little idea of what to expect or where to begin when he first moved there to pursue his acting dreams in 1992. Fresh out of school, where he studied acting at the University of Virginia, he encountered in Hollywood a strange new world for which he was ill-prepared--a world about the business, not the craft, of acting.

As he struggled to survive, he quickly found out that there was a complete lack of any kind of tangible information to help new actors "get a foot in the door." He set out to create a comprehensive guide for the thousands of actors who relocate to Hollywood each year from all parts of the world that would provide practical and relevant information on how to break into the business, one step at a time.

He brings to his book a rich portfolio of experiences resulting from his quest to succeed in Hollywood: He has worked as an "extra" in dozens of features and television programs; he has worked at several major talent agencies, including the William Morris Agency; he has successfully obtained an agent and earned membership in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA); and he has succeeded in auditioning and earning acting parts in film, television, and commercials, including feature films such as Geronimo and The Mask, and television programs, such "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Days of Our Lives."

Along the way, he has had the opportunity to meet and "pick the brains" of many top industry professionals, including highly distinguished casting directors, producers, agents, and celebrities, and coupled with the lessons learned from his own personal experiences, he has come to thoroughly understand the nuts and bolts of the acting business.

Currently, Michael Saint Nicholas continues to enthusiastically pursue his acting career, and he is also working on a screenplay. He lives in North Hollywood, California.

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What People Are Saying

Eric Morris
Packed full of great advice and enlightening interviews with top industry professionals, this books tells you exactly what to do, who to contact, and where to go to successfully begin a Hollywood acting career. (Eric Morris, Acting Coach)
Jay Bernstein
If I was coming from another city and beginning my first year in Hollywood, I would hope that I had found this book before I arrived. (Jay Bernstein, top personal manager who has represented hundreds of celebrities)
Rita McClenny
I highly recommend this material to anyone thinking about moving to Los Angeles or already living in Los Angeles, who wants to save precious time and money getting started in show business. (Rita McClenny, Director, Corporate Communications, The Family Channel)
Sinbad
I'm buying up a bunch of copies to keep in my back pocket for everyone who asks me how to get into this business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581150582
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1900
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    easy to read

    This book is useful and easy to read. I'm glad I found it.This guide in conjuction with anothor source book; Twelve step Plan to Becoming an actor in LA, will definetly help you to get a good jump start upon your arrival in hollywood. I recommend it to any young person before making a big move

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    EXCELLENT INFO IN THIS BOOK!!!!

    This was a really helpful book. I got a lot of useful information, and found it very easy to read. I also learned a lot of new things about the industry....I highly recommend it....5 stars! It's the best book about acting in Hollywood that I have found.

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