Description : Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt. If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna wants to be that person for you. With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle. She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy’s apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you’re looking for!). Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.
Description : The Actor's Business Plan is a self-directed practical guide for actors graduating from formal training programs, as well as for those already in the business whose careers need to move ahead more successfully. Using the familiar language of acting training, the book offers a method for the achievement of dreams through a five-year life and career plan giving positive steps to develop a happy life as an actor and as a person. It assists performers to flourish using the same kind of business/career planning that is a necessary part of life for entrepreneurs and business people. This introduction to the acting industry provides essential knowledge not only for how the business actually works, but also describes what casting directors, agents, and managers do, demystifies the role of unions, discusses how much things cost, and offers advice on branding and marketing strategies. It differs from other such handbooks in that it addresses the everyday issues of life, money, and jobs that so frequently destroy an actor's career before it is even begun. While addressing NYC and LA, the guide also gives a regional breakdown for those actors who may wish to begin careers or to settle in other cities. It is loaded with personal stories, and interviews with actors, casting directors, and agents from throughout the US. The Actor's Business Plan is the answer to the common complaint by students that they were not taught how to negotiate the show business world while at school. It is the perfect antidote for this problem and can easily fit into a ten or a thirteen-week class syllabus. Offering support as a personal career coach, empowering the actor to take concrete steps towards their life and career dreams, The Actor's Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life is a must-have book for actors who are determined to be a part of the professional world .
Description : "Jack Garfein's book is a touching reminder of our early attempts at creating theater without artifice. It is good to know that he is still working hard at it."---Ben Gazzara Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded. Life and Acting is the product of more than sixty years in the worlds of theater and film, offering the kind of insight gained only through experience. Garfein distills his knowledge into a holistic learning technique. Beginning mostly with memoir, focusing on his own education in the theater and describing how his exposure to artists working in other media---particularly painters and writers---contributed to his understanding of acting, Garfein goes on to offer thirty-seven detailed lessons teaching acting techniques for the stage and applying his principles to acting in front of a camera. Life and Acting is an invaluable resource that belongs on the bookshelf of every actor and acting teacher.
Description : Ever wondered how Tom Hardy rose to stardom? At the age of 24, Hardy almost left his acting career for the sake of pleasures. The fear of completely losing control of oneself only stopped. He does not hide his past, frankly says in interviews even about the ugly facts of his biography. At first, it can serve as a good lesson for others too confident youths. Secondly, everything was left behind. For more interesting facts you must read his biography. Grab Your biography book NOW!
Description : Ever wondered how Bob Hoskins rose to stardom? Although most movie fans remember the surly and pudgy actor Bob Hoskins as the hardboiled detective in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the British actor was actually responsible for bringing a new level of class and artistic commitment to British filmmaking in the 80’s and 90’s. Beginning his life in the theater, Hoskins brought great poise and preparation to every role he undertook. Entering acting at the relatively old age of thirty, Hoskins quickly amassed roles in a number of influential and experimental British films before making the successful crossover into mainstream American films. For more interesting facts you must read the biography. Grab your biography book now!
Description : London, 1686. Harris, a dying actor, sits with the friend who will write his life: a tale of debt, jealousy and womanizing, of service to the Duke he hates. He tells how England was gripped by fear of a religious plot to kill the King and replace him with his Catholic brother the Duke. There is a still darker plot Harris must tell before he dies. But can he trust his friend to write the true Life of Harris the Actor? Best-selling author R.J. Ellory says: Utterly mesmeric, brilliantly-crafted, a rare and perfect gem of a book. Roberts has created not only a genuinely compelling protagonist, but an entirely authentic world. I really cannot recommend this highly enough.
Description : Ever wondered how Joseph Gordon-Levitt rose to stardom? When Joseph Gordon-Levitt first burst onto the screen as a bubbly, precocious, and slightly nerdy child star, very few audiences could have predicted that he would become one of the most respected and innovative presences in Hollywood. Starting off at an extremely young age, Gordon-Levitt grew up around the lights, cameras, and buzz of show business. Though his first big break was on television, as he matured as an actor, Gordon-Levitt began searching out more challenging film roles that demonstrated his skills as a dramatic actor. At first, the actor mainly found work in a number of smaller independent projects, but soon found his poise and charismatic presence appearing in bigger and more beloved mainstream films. Through collaborations with other young rising stars in the film industry, Gordon-Levitt has also become one of the most interesting creative forces in film, pioneering new ways to produce art as a writer, producer, and director. For more interesting facts you must read his biography. Grab your biography book now!
Description : Ever wondered how Ryan Gosling rose to stardom? One of Hollywood’s newest heartthrobs, Ryan Gosling has become somewhat of a mythological figure in the film industry, charming women and making men jealous with his rugged good looks and disarming and apathetic personality. Although the film star has recently struck box office gold with a string of comedy and action hits, the actor has also honed his acting chops through more reserved and awards-worthy performances. All but Gosling’s most hardcore fans forget that the suave actor was once a wide-eyed and goofy child star that struggled to find his way in Hollywood, before finally bursting onto the mainstream scene in 2004’s dreamy romance film The Notebook. For more interesting facts you must read his biography! Grab your biography book now!
Description : Ever wondered how Russell Crowe rose to stardom? Decades before he would stand in the middle of a Roman Coliseum in the role that would become his most iconic performance, a young New Zealander had designs of fronting a hard rock band. Russell Crowe’s passion for music sparked his journey through drama school, during which he recaptured a passion for acting. First appearing in Australian television, the actor made his crossover into international superstardom through appearances in a mixture of action-packed parts anchored by Crowe’s dramatic presence. For more interesting facts you must read his biography. Grab your biography book now!