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One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide

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An invaluable reference for anyone who is a working actor, or wants to be. Learn how to make it in the day-to-day business of acting and stay sane and focused while attempting to merge art and commerce. This book covers everything the author wishes someone had told him about how casting decisions are made, what rejection really means, how to behave on a set, the two factors the business is built on, and much more. Markus Flanagan offers encouraging, highly useful pointers on such vital matters as: How do you ...
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Overview

An invaluable reference for anyone who is a working actor, or wants to be. Learn how to make it in the day-to-day business of acting and stay sane and focused while attempting to merge art and commerce. This book covers everything the author wishes someone had told him about how casting decisions are made, what rejection really means, how to behave on a set, the two factors the business is built on, and much more. Markus Flanagan offers encouraging, highly useful pointers on such vital matters as: How do you combat getting typed?, Understanding the people you are auditioning for, Bad habits to avoid in the audition waiting room, The two deadliest questions you may be asked before starting your reading, What are they looking for in the call back?. One Less Bitter Actor offers sage, pragmatic, anxiety-calming advice on how to succeed in acting from one who has.
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I wish I had this book when I was swimming upstream at the beginning of my career. The advice about on-set behavior is especially useful. This book will help anyone who reads it.
--Carol Burnett, Actress

Filled with practical nuts-and-bolts information, this is a terrific book for any man or woman brave enough to take the plunge into show business. It's also a terrific book for anyone who wants to know what it truly means to be an actor. Markus Flanagan puts it all down with clarity, empathy and humor.
--Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Friday Night Lights

With One less Bitter Actor, Markus Flanagan continues his legacy of generosity to his fellow actors. His book demystifies the rigors of ‘making it’ in Hollywood and delivers tried and true advice for dealing with the obstacles actors face in the auditioning process and on the set. Essential reading for every actor on their way up.
--Doug Savant, actor, Desperate Housewives

One Less Bitter Actor puts down in writing every good habit every actor should have. I have seen bitterness sour the best of them. It might also be titled One Much Better Actor because if you take this book to heart you're sure to put your best work out.
--Denise Chamian, casting director for Saving Private Ryan

There are scores of books designed to offer new actors a little tea and sympathy, along with some tricks of the trade; One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide by Markus Flanagan is the best book on the current market, essential reading for students and professionals alike. An experienced film, TV, and stage actor, and acting teacher in L.A., Flanagan provides invaluable and dead-on info and insights on headshots, resumes, reels, agents, managers, casting directors, and auditions. There’s an especially thorough procedural about working on a film set, personal career anecdotes, and powerful advice and inspiration. A chapter on NY vs. LA makes fun reading, but I think will actually make a lot of young actors prematurely pack up for some California dreaming! Over the years I’ve seen a goodly number of NYC-trained actors head straight for Hollywood after school and fall off the career tracks, not because of lack of talent or drive but inexperience and no representation, the town’s permanent vacation atmosphere or just life itself (marriage, kids, steady employment outside the business). I always advise new actors to stay in New York after training, do as much theatre and as many indie films (feature or short) as possible in this capital of indie moviemaking, build up a reel, contacts, representation, then start doing the LA thing if they haven’t been noticed already. Examples of this route include some of the workingest actors in show biz – Adrian Brody, Tom Hanks, Mira Sorvino, Amanda Peet, John Leguizamo, Zach Braff, Michael Imperioli, Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Denis Leary to name just a handful. Regardless of what path a new actor chooses, Flanagan’s book will save them blood, sweat and tears, and serve them knowledge and encouragement in their artistic and/or commercial quest.

--National Board of Review

Hollywood is a vicious dog eat dog world and surviving in it can be difficult. This is where One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide comes in, and grants aspiring thespians great and sage advice such as how to combat being typecast, bad habits to avoid, the deadliest questions to be asked, and dealing with the crushing disappointment of rejection. Written by Hollywood veteran Markus Flanagan with over two decades of experience, One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide is recommended for actors everywhere and needs a place on every community library shelf devoted to the art of acting.

--Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810636
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Series: The Culture Tools Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,396,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    More than the Art of Acting -- the Art of Living

    In this insightful work Markus Flanagan describes in practical detail and profound acuity the essentials of breaking into the acting biz. However, I happily discovered the principles explored in this book are broadly applicable to virtually any profession. Refreshingly honest and to the point, the author generously offers up a rarefied essence of hard-won knowledge and experience. I have passed this along to my closest friends as a useful and encouraging guide to becoming a better human and developing the courage to creatively contribute what you uniquely can -- every single day. BRAVO, Mr. Flanagan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!

    I have read about 10 acting books, and they all become the same thing... Finally I found something that spoke to the questions and concerns that I have after being in this business for 3 years, and being in LA for that brutal first couple months. You need to get this book not for your acting knowledge alone but to save the artist inside from ever feeling inadequate again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Masha -Mourn For Your Life No Longer

    I wish I'd read this book years ago. A speedy, entertaining, immensely helpful book on keeping your perspective and balancing art and the business. Your future self will thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    About 'One less bitter Actor'

    Wow!As a non actor I enjoyed reading this distilled documentation of an actors life. It was like walking for a while in his shoes learning the fear, embarassment,and pain that goes into tying to make it in the world of show buisness. I learned that like with most difficult things it's your mindset that can ultimatly save you and preserve you for yet another audition and another challenge. I also got that treating others as you would like to be treated goes a long way in making an otherwise stressful situation better all the way around. I would recomend this to non-actors as insight into another world, and of course actors as a first rate guide into what's in store and how to handel 'the Biz' successfully.

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