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Make It Your Business: How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor

By Paul Russell

Back Stage Books, Paperback, 9780823099559, 306pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2008

"Acting: Make It Your Business, " written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with those best suited for the digital age. Well-known actors and powerful agents make cameos throughout, offering newcombers and working professionals alike a clear-eyed, uncensored perspective on survival and advancement within the entertainment industry. "Huorous and witty . . . Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, in New York or anywhere in the world, take note: This is your road map."- Bernard Telsey, casting director ("Rent, Sex & The City: The Movie, Wicked") "All the right questions asked and answered . . . and with a generous portion of good humor."- Suzanne Ryan, casting director ("Law & Order") "Paul's book made me proud to be a part of the acting community in this business we call 'show.'"- Karen Ziemba, actress, Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner.

About the Author
Paul Russell's career as a casting director, director, and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, Broadway, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.