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

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

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by Mari Lyn Henry, Lynne Rogers
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871314734
Publisher:
Evans, M. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Pages:
304

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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How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what I needed to know before starting in a career in acting. After reading this book, I feel more prepared and alert to what I need to do to get the job. Basically, it runs through every aspect of the whole business right down to the lingo thrown around, and that is one thing you don't want to be out of the loop with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my acting bible! It includes all sorts of information! Such as how to write your resume to preparing for your living expenses (aka. 'bars on your windows' and 'locks on your doors' if you are moving to L.A or N.Y!) It is very interesting to read and it gives very useful information. I brought this book to school and I left it in one of my classes and somebody took it! That was okay though, because I already read the book 6 times, over and over! I am going to go out and buy this book again ( it will become an actor's or actress' best tool for making it in 'The Biz.' This book deserves 5 million stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one week. I was SO interested in everything the authors wrote about. I even brought the book to school and almost got it taken away; I was so engrossed in it. The chapters were chock full of valuable information and quotes from the veterans of 'The Business' I found this book to be enjoyable and quite helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm determined to become an actress, but before reading this book I didn't know how. Now I know how to prepare myself for the job, get interviews, get the parts, which parts to try out for, and lots more. I know I won't come off as young and inexperianced because of this book I'm ready to take my career full speed ahead.