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How to Be a Working Actor, 5th Edition: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Televisionby Lynne Rogers
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The celebrated survival guide for the working actor - now completely updated and expanded with a foreword by Tony award-winning actor Joe Mantegna!
Renowned for more than two decades as the most comprehensive resource for actors, How to Be a Working Actor is a must-read for achieving success in The Business. Now this "Bible of the Biz" has been completely revised and greatly expanded to address new markets, ever-changing opportunities, andthe many new ways today's actors find work. Talent manager, teacher, and career coach Mari Lyn Henry and acress, author, and spokeswoman Lynne Rogers combine their extensive skills and years of experience to cover all the essentials of how to market yourself, land roles, and manage a successful career. They also include expert advie from scores of other industry experts - well-known actors, agents, managers, casting directors, and teachers.
How to Be a Working Actor is loaded with advice on how to:
- put together a professional wardrobe
- get a head shot that brings out the real you
- create a resume that really works
- find the training to develop your talents
- communicate effectively with agents and managers
- use the internet to promote your business and explore new opportunities
- get the most value ot of union membership
- excel at auditions and screen tests
- discover how to get work in regional markets
- cope with success
How to Be A Working Actor takes a no-nonsense approach to the whole business of being a working actor, with detailed information on how to live on a budget in New York and Los Angeles, what the acting jobs are and what they pay, even how to find a survival strategy that will augument your career. And extensive section on script analysis shows you how to investigate the depth of a character to create a memorable audition for roles in theatre, film, and television.
Describes what the decision-makers are looking for during auditions, interviews, or when looking through portfolios and provides advice on using the Internet to search for acting opportunities.
Actors, educators, acting teachers, casting directors, talent agents, managers, and producers don’t agree on much, but they all agree that How to Be a Working Actor is the definitive guide to the business of acting. Being a working actor means managing a career as an ongoing business--and while most books focus on dramatic technique, this one reveals the whole picture, from improving audition skills to surviving screen tests, from finding an agent to surviving in the city or in regional theater. Now in its fifth edition, updated and expanded, the book includes a new chapter on the value of education and ongoing training, a look at "cyberbiz" and other new opportunities, updated information on actors’ unions, new audition material, and ideas from industry pros. Get How to Be a Working Actor and get working!
About the Author
Mari Lyn Henry, the New York-based principal partner of Henry Downey Talent Management, was East Coast Director of Casting at ABC for more than thirteen years. She leads actors’ workshops around the country, and she lives in New York City.
Lynne Rogers has appeared on Broadway, in movies, in touring companies, and on television and radio. She is also the author of Working in Show Business. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
I: Nuts and bolts — What you will need to get started — Getting your act together — The tools of the trade — Buyers and sellers — Training is everything — Looking for work — Cyberbiz — Survival strategies — Understanding the unions — It's about jobs! — Performers with disabilities — Regional markets — II: The breaks — Finding a vehicle to showcase your talent — Interview and follow-up — Auditions and screen tests — Congratulations! You've got a job! — Child performers — III: How to analyze a script — Suggestions for script analysis — The theater audition: creating characters for a monologue — The soap opera audition: creating characters for daytime dramas — The prime-time series audition: creating characters for episodic television — The film audition: creating characters for movies.
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