Make Acting Work: The Practical Path to a Successful Career

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Make Acting Work is an essential guide for anyone wishing to develop a career in this exciting but unpredictable profession. It offers a level-headed appraisal of the challenges that actors face and identifies a wide range of opportunities that exist for the resourceful. Practical advice is given on all the critical elements, including preparing a CV, photographs, demo-tape and showreel, getting an agent, and auditioning. The different requirements of theatre, radio, film and tv are explained, as well as a ...

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Overview

Make Acting Work is an essential guide for anyone wishing to develop a career in this exciting but unpredictable profession. It offers a level-headed appraisal of the challenges that actors face and identifies a wide range of opportunities that exist for the resourceful. Practical advice is given on all the critical elements, including preparing a CV, photographs, demo-tape and showreel, getting an agent, and auditioning. The different requirements of theatre, radio, film and tv are explained, as well as a comprehensive survey of less traditional work, such as voice-overs, corporate training and role play.

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"An invaluable, practical guide to an acting career. A really useful book for every actor to own"—Prunella Scales

"This book should be part of every resourceful actor's armoury"—Annette Badland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413761408
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Performance Bks.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Chrys Salt teaches regularly at the Actors Centre in London. She is a freelance writer and theatre d irector and is Artistic Director of Bare Boards… and a passion Theatre Company. She has made numer ous appearances on stage, television and radio, as a performer, directed extensively in theatre and sound, and written several books, theatre and radio plays, features and documentaries. Her book Here We Go: Women's Memories of the 1984-85 Miners' Strike won a National Media Award.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1
1 Brand Image 5
The Casting Process
Define your Product
Case Studies
2 A Marketing Package 14
The CV
Photographs
Portfolios
The Letter
Demo-tapes
Showreels
3 Advertising your Product 40
Spotlight
Ugly Agency
4 Selling your Product 45
Agencies
Making Contacts
Self-help Groups
Casting Directors
The Fringe
Putting on a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Where to Look for Work
5 Demonstrating your Wares 81
The Audition
6 The Conventional Marketplace 105
Theatre
Musicals
Television
Film
Commercials
Radio Drama
Voice-overs
7 Some Alternative Markets 138
The Platform Performance, Festival and Lecture Circuit
Theatre in Education
The National Trust
Murder Evenings and Weekends
Cruise Ships
Lookalikes
Museum or Gallery Drama
Role-play
Understudies, Covers and Swings
Corporate and Training Videos
The Conference and Exhibition Industry
Student Films
The Comedy Circuit
8 The Union 170
9 Maintaining your Skills 173
Ongoing Training
Useful Books 182
Useful Addresses 184
Index 193
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