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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823088959
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Series: How to Be a Working Actor: the Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs Series
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 516,213
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Joe Mantegna     1
Introduction     3
Nuts and Bolts     8
What You Will Need to Get Started     9
Getting Your Act Together     39
The Tools of the Trade     65
Buyers and Sellers     91
Training Is Everything     109
Looking for Work     143
Cyberbiz     165
Survival Strategies     179
Understanding the Unions     189
It's About Jobs!     209
Performers with Disabilities     219
Regional Markets     229
The Breaks     252
Finding a Vehicle to Showcase Your Talent     253
Interview and Follow-up     269
Auditions and Screen Tests     281
Congratulations! You've Got a Job!     309
Child Performers     327
How to Analyze a Script     354
Suggestions for Script Analysis     355
The Theater Audition: Creating Characters for a Monologue     363
The Soap Opera Audition: Creating Characters for Daytime Dramas     373
The Prime-Time Series Audition: Creating Characters for Episodic Television     381
The Film Audition: Creating Characters for Movies     403
Epilogue     411
Recommended Reading     412
Index     414

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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.