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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 is the author of six novels, including Sea of Tranquillity, The Coming Storm (winner of the 2000 Ferro-Grumley Award) and War Against the Animals. His poems, short stories and essays have been widely published. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and teaches literature and creative writing at Vassar College.