Your Film Acting Career: How to Break into the Movies and TV and Survive in Hollywood

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Newly revised and updated, Your Film Acting Career provides answers to hundreds of questions asked about the Hollywood scene: Finding work in TV, movies, commercials, industrials, new media, modeling, student films, theatre... Living in Los Angeles... Putting together effective resumes and photographs... Getting into the unions... Finding an agent... What producers, directors and casting directors want in interviews, cold readings, on the set... Choosing acting classes... Residuals, overtime, contracts... ...
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Overview

Newly revised and updated, Your Film Acting Career provides answers to hundreds of questions asked about the Hollywood scene: Finding work in TV, movies, commercials, industrials, new media, modeling, student films, theatre... Living in Los Angeles... Putting together effective resumes and photographs... Getting into the unions... Finding an agent... What producers, directors and casting directors want in interviews, cold readings, on the set... Choosing acting classes... Residuals, overtime, contracts... Restarting a stalled career... And much, much more.

This is the book that actors call "the Bible." It provides the answers to hundreds of questions about working as an actor and living in L.A.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780929149004
  • Publisher: Gorham House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/1990
  • Edition description: 1st rev. ed
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

M.K. Lewis is one of the most respected acting coaches in the industry both here and abroad.
He has taught acting for over 30 years at his own studio as well as at California Institute of the Arts,
Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, and the Hollywood,
New York and Washington DC branches of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
A former member of the SAG Conservatory Committee,
he helped set up their cold reading program in the 1970s.
He also teaches at the Internationale Filmschule in Cologne,
for SAT-1's (a major German network) actor's class and is a visiting professor at the prestigious acting school HFF in Berlin,
Germany, on an annual basis, teaching American film acting techniques to European actors.
Now retired from acting, his screen credits included
Hard Times, Raise the Titanic, and Death Hunt, among others.
Among his television credits were episodes of Police Woman,
Baretta, Delvecchio, the pilot episodes of The Blue Knight and other series, and he was placed into contention for an Emmy for his portrayal of Pap by the producer of the
PBS special, Mark Twain:Beneath the Laughter.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Lewis was a drama major at the
University of New Orleans. As founder and artistic director of theaters in Philadelphia and New Orleans,
he directed and/or produced more than 100 plays.
He has written six plays, including The Hero ,
which he also directed, at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
He has been interviewed by numerous radio and TV shows nationwide, in Canada and in Europe, including
The CBS Morning News, CNN Newsnight, AM Los Angeles,
The Michael Jackson Show, and others.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Authors' Note
I Preparing to Go and Going 1
II The Supplies You'll Need 33
III Theatrical Agents 83
IV Seeking Work 111
V Working 149
VI Commercials 167
VII Other Kinds of Work 189
VIII Merrily You Roll Along 217
Appendix 241
Index 289
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