How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film and Television / Edition 4

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This comprehensive guide has been revised and expanded to include new information on enhancing your image; finding jobs in emerging markets; updated union rules and payscales; current living expenses; and an entirely new chapter on “Cyberbiz,” exploring the ways that the Internet has opened new doors for actors and enabled entirely new approaches to promotion.

Establishing your acting career entails developing all aspects of your performing skills, but more than that, it means learning how to manage your career as an ongoing business. Plenty of schools and books teach you how to hone specific areas of your talent, but only How to Be a Working Actor shows you the whole picture, from improving your image and your audition abilities to finding an agent and landing the roles; from surviving a screen test to making it through your first day on the set; from making your way around the big city to finding regional work.

Cowritten by a leading casting director/agent and a seasoned actress/author, How to Be a Working Actor is still the bible of The Biz, with an insider’s viewpoint on all the essentials: assembling a dynamic resume, taking the perfect headshot, understanding the unions, finding a “day job” to supplement your income, learning how to live on a budget in New York or Los Angeles, networking, and much more. Countless tips on wardrobe, makeup, interview skills, and character analysis demonstrate how you can look and act your best for any audition or acting situation. Dozens of industry professionals offer authoritative advice gleaned from decades of experience. Anyone seeking to become—or remain—a working actor needs a copy of this indispensable book.

There are many schools that can polish your talent, but only this actor's bible can help you manage your acting career like a business, have a successful audition -- and make your dreams come true. Written from the employer's perspective, this expanded edition reveals who the decision-makers are, how they do business, and what they look for when casting a role. You'll also learn how to select the right agent; deal with high living expenses; nurture yourself mentally and emotionally; more.

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Editorial Reviews

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At lasta readable book on the acting profession written with clarity and honesty. The authors name names (over 100 actors are quoted) and the emphasis is on working careers in film, TV, radio, and theater. Among the subjects covered are food, rent, wardrobe, transportation, answering services, professional expenses (photos, classes, resumes), health care, agents, unions, pay scales, contracts, interviews, and just plain survival. Sample audition materials and important addresses and phone numbers are included. This book will inspire some to become actors and discourage others. And that's as it should be. Recommended. James L. Limbacher, Jayell Enterprises, Dearborn, Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823088942
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: ENLARGED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Mari Lyn Henry is a partner at Henry Downey Talent Management LLC and is nationally known for her workshops on audition techniques, cold reading skills, script analysis, and marketing strategies.

Lynne Rogers' extensive career on stage, in film, and on television includes a leading role on Guiding Light. She has been the voice for many nationally advertised products, and her other books include The Love of Their Lives, a behind-the-scenes look at the soap opera industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    This book is Excellent! Wow!

    This book is very enjoyable. I find it very helpful as an Actor. Every time I have a question in my head about Acting, I turn to this book as a guide and it gives me the answer. This book tells me what I need to do and how to keep chasing my dreams. and to better myself as a working actor as I go along the way. This book teaches you how to land a Good Agent, How to find jobs in the Industry, and also how to find the right Photographer for you. It also recommends some names of Good Photographers to shoot with in NY and LA. This book tells you alot more stuff that I did not mention. what I like most about this book, is that it tells you how to watch out for all sorts of scams in the industry. A Good example would be the phony talent agencies who want you to pay a fee upfront in order for them to get you work, and be able to work for their agency. I am glad a good friend gave me this book as a gift, after I told him that my biggest dream in life is to become a Great Actress! I know that with alot of patience, persistence, determination, and hard work, I will become a Great Actress. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to build an Acting career, who would like to learn the business side of Acting.

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