Breaking Into Acting For Dummies

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From preparing for auditions to finding an agent, the acting business is a challenging and competitive field. This indispensable guide is what every aspiring actor needs to get a foot in the door. Discover how to market yourself, choose a dynamic head shot, create a stellar acting resume, join unions, and pay the bills while you pursue your acting dreams.
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Overview

From preparing for auditions to finding an agent, the acting business is a challenging and competitive field. This indispensable guide is what every aspiring actor needs to get a foot in the door. Discover how to market yourself, choose a dynamic head shot, create a stellar acting resume, join unions, and pay the bills while you pursue your acting dreams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554469
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 215,669
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Garrison is a producer and has worked as an actor in both film and television. Wallace Wang is a successful stand-up comedian and the author of numerous bestselling For Dummies books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Figuring Out the Business of Acting.

Chapter 1: Opening the Door to Show Business.

Chapter 2: Discovering How Show Business Really Works.

Chapter 3: From Agents to Unions: Introducing the Movers and Shakers of Show Business.

Part II: Packaging and Marketing Yourself.

Chapter 4: Making a Great First Impression with a Head Shot.

Chapter 5: Creating a Five-Star Acting Resume.

Chapter 6: Training to Improve Your Acting Skills.

Part III: Taking Your First Steps into Show Business.

Chapter 7: Getting Seen by the Industry: Promoting Yourself.

Chapter 8: Finding and Working with an Agent.

Chapter 9: Auditioning.

Part IV: Scoping Out the Markets.

Chapter 10: Acting in Film and Television.

Chapter 11: Acting in Commercials.

Chapter 12: Acting in Theater.

Chapter 13: Performing Without Being Seen: Voice-Over Acting.

Chapter 14: Working as an Extra.

Chapter 15: Getting Your Kid into Show Biz.

Part V: Managing Your Money as an Actor.

Chapter 16: Don't Get Ripped Off! Avoiding Con Games, Scams, and Self-Destruction.

Chapter 17: Working to Pay Your Bills Until You Hit It Big.

Chapter 18: Managing Your Finances.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Myths of Show Business.

Chapter 20: Ten Traits of Successful Actors.

Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Improving as an Actor.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Act Just for the Fun of It.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    Great Book

    To the point and perfect for the beginning actor. I knew next to nothing about acting before I read this book, now I'm much more informed and know which steps to take.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Recommended for Anyone

    I really enjoyed this Dummies book. I found it very useful with information and internet links which are not out of date. Great for basic knowledge of the industry.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    This is one of many books you should read if you are thinking of going into acting.

    I found this book full of professional insight and advice. Some of the websites are out-of-date. I wish I had read this when I was younger. It breaks down all the business of show business, and how to do it like a pro.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    fun easy to follow

    I like this book. Like all the dummiy books it is easy to follow. It is a good start.

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