The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944648220
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 27,807
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rainn Wilson is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office, though today he's equally well-known for his millions of Twitter followers and the philosophy website he founded, SoulPancake, which launched a New
York Times
bestselling book of the same name.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Steve Carell


Chapter One: Getting Started

Chapter Two: Headshots, Getting in the Union, and Building Your Resume

Chapter Three: How to Find, Get, and Keep an Agent or Manager

Chapter Four: Auditioning, Rejection, and How to Persevere

Chapter Five: You Got a Job! How Things Work on a Television or Film Set

Chapter Six: The Journey

Actor Interviews: Sharing the Brushstrokes


About the Author

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"I loved reading Jenna's honest and sincere appraisal of the actualities of breaking into, finding one’s way, and then thriving in this business. I hope it is given out as a guidebook of sorts to any young actor when they land at LAX."
—Jon Hamm

"In The Actor's Life , Jenna Fischer lays out exactly what aspiring actors can expect from this crazy, unpredictable industry both practically and emotionally. Nothing is sugar-coated, nor is it cynical. It's just reality, plain and simple. At every level of success, we are all just artists trying to figure it out day by day. That’s the truth."
—Christina Applegate

"If I had Jenna's book when I was a struggling actor it would have eased the pain and encouraged my journey. This is an insightful, funny, sweet story from one actor to another; we all need a leg up, a hand to hold, and the encouragement to keep going when we truly find our passion. Jenna manages to do that and more in this very helpful guide for an actor finding their way into the business."
—Julianna Margulies

"How lucky for those who dream that Jenna Fischer has written this book and candidly explained the hard work, persistence, and delusion required to become a working actor. This book is generous, practical, and in the right hands will be a talisman for the deserving few who refuse to give up."
—Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men

"Jenna Fischer's story is an excellent resource for anyone who is involved in the life of an actor. Much of this information was new to me; I have always respected the actor's journey, but now I am in awe of it. It's also entertaining from beginning to end."
—Allison Jones, Casting Director

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The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Gennifer0030 More than 1 year ago
Definitely an excellent read for anyone aspiring to be an actor. Jenna crafts an superb narrative on her journey, bumps and all, in L.A.. I did enjoy the book despite never having any inclination towards acting. I believe this might be loved even more by someone with acting dreams.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
But I'm not an actor