How to Be a Working Actor
The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, & Television
Publication Date: December 10, 2007
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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.
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.
Joe Mantegna starred in the feature films "House of Games, The Godfather III, Bugsy, Liberty Heights, " and "Searching for Bobby Fisher." On Broadway, he starred in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (Tony Award). He received Emmy nominations for his television appearances in "The Rat Pack" and "The Last Don, " and starred in the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."