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Overview

Your passport to a successful and rewarding career

Are you looking for the latest information to open the door to the career of your dreams? The nation's largest career books series, McGraw-Hill’s Opportunities in . . . series gives you the inside scoop on more than 100 professions as well as on all the essential aspects of your potential career, no matter how specialized the field. From the latest training requirements to current salary statistics to the lowdown on life on the job, each book is packed with comprehensive, up-to-date information to help you confidently pursue the profession that's right for you!

In this revised edition of Opportunities in Acting Careers, you'll find:

  • Tips on determining if you have the temperament for the ups and downs an acting career often brings
  • Overview of the various avenues actors can take, from regional theater to radio and TV
  • Close look at the state of the acting industry, job opportunities, and earning potential
  • Valuable information on joining a union and finding an agent
  • Realistic descriptions of everyday life as an actor from those already in the business
  • Thorough listing of acting schools, colleges, universities, and related organizations in the U.S and Canada

Perfect for anyone from high-school students to career changers, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide takes the stress out of launching a career that’s both satisfying and financially rewarding. Here you'll find ample expert advice to make an informed, intelligent choice about your career—and your future.

Discusses the requirements and conditions of a career in acting, with advice on such topics as auditions, unions, and agents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071438452
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/21/2005
  • Series: Opportunities In...Series Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Moore has been in the acting profession since he was an infant. He has appeared in more than 100 movies, including the screen classics Oliver Twist, Sergeant York, The Life of Louis Pasteur, and Heaven Can Wait. During his long and distinguished career he has acted, directed, written and produced in the genres of film, radio, TV, and stage. He is currently president of a New York public relations firm.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
1 There's No Business Like Show Business 1
Historical background
The typical actor
Disadvantages
Advantages
Personal requirements
Paradoxes of the business
Job opportunities
Adjustment
Trends
The effects of emerging technologies
2 Getting Started 31
Working at working
The paperwork
The personal interview
The audition
Some final hints
3 Where the Jobs Are-and How Much They Pay 67
Broadway
Regional theater
Dinner theater
Off-Broadway
Off-off Broadway
Stock
Children's theater
Business theater
Film for theater and television
Television
4 State of the Unions 81
Why were the unions formed?
Will joining a union get you a job?
What do the unions do?
How are the unions governed?
When and how do you join?
Survival
Rules of the game
5 What About Agents? 105
Do you need an agent?
Exclusive management or freelance?
Why is it important to deal with franchised agents?
How much do you pay?
Things to remember
Personal managers
Independent casting directors
Some words of warning
6 School Daze 119
Choosing a school
Acting classes
7 Going for It! 129
Regional theaters
Opportunities for minorities and women
Related fields
Temporary work
8 Northern Exposure 137
Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists
Runaway production
9 Summing It All Up 143
Managing retirement
A final word
Appendix A Related Reading 147
Appendix B Organizations 149
Appendix C Additional Sources of Information 151
Appendix D Equity Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) Companies 155
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