An Actor's Guide: Your First Year in Hollywoodby Michael St. Nicholas, Michael Saint Nicholas
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
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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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
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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