ACTING: Make It Your Business

How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor

ACTING: Make It Your Business puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium – stage, film, TV, or the Internet – directly into the hands of the actor. Well-known actors, powerful agents of Broadway and Hollywood make cameos throughout, offering newcomers and working professionals alike a clear-eyed, uncensored perspective on survival and advancement in the entertainment industry.

ACTING: Make It Your Business strengthens the actor's opportunities for more auditions, increases employment, provides strategies for the business of acting, plus assists actors in getting & keeping agents.

ACTING Make It Your Business

"Humorous 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 roadmap!"

-- BERNARD TELSEY, casting director
(NBC's Peter Pane - LIVE!, Wicked, Sex & The City)


ACTING: Make It Your Business is utilized in many BFA & MFA acting training programs including:

"I had my “Business of Acting” (BFA Seniors) class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and

ACTING: Make It Your Business came out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!

-- Dr. NINA LeNOIR,
Dept. Chair - Dept. of Thtr.
Chapman University

New York University - Tisch

Elon University

Rutgers University

Wright State University

Millikin University

Syracuse University

Chapman University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Emory & Henry College

Florida Southern College

Louisiana State University

Oakland University

Coastal Carolina University

Temple University


About ACTING: Make It Your Business

Fifteen illustrated chapters include advice from well-known LA screen stars, Broadway actors, power talent agents, and casting director, director and Back Stage contributor Paul Russell who began his entertainment career as a successful, continuously working actor. Exclusive in-depth guidance for artists on perfecting and improving the building blocks of a stronger acting career.

This best-selling, blunt, acting book -- available in both digital and hard copy editions -- for actors features up-to-date info on:

--SUZANNE RYAN, casting director
(Unforgettable, Law & Order, Julie & Julia)
  • How to Improve Audition Techniques & Organic Acting

  • Strengthen Skills for when Meeting Casting, Directors, Producers and Talent Representatives

  • How to Secure a Thriving Relationship With a Talent Agent

  • The Business of Acting: How to Be A Continual Working Actor

  • Where's the Best Actor Training: The Industry Approved Schools

  • Modernize Actor Marketing for the Digital Age

  • How To Negotiate Contracts Fearlessly

  • Discover How Stars and Creatives Cope with Success & Persevere Challenges

Sean Morrissey

Stephanie Klapper 

Chapter titles...


 

Introduction: Cows & Greasepaint - A Journey Begins

  1. Working Actors Speak Out: Candor & The Business

  2. Being an Actor: A Tough Love

  3. Training for the Actor: Tend Your Dreams

  4. The Picture and Resume: An Actor's Business Card

  5. Cover Letters: Covering Your Assets

  6. Actor Marketing: Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd

  7. Auditions Actors Encounter: Are Your Auditions Safe?

  8. Audition Preparation: Be First, First

  9. Audition Strategies: Leaving a Lasting Impression

  10. Negotiating the Contract: Get It On Paper

  11. Rejection: "Thanks for Coming in..."

  12. Agents: An Introduction

  13. Agents: Finding One

  14. Agents: Keeping One

  15. Exit Lines: Parting Advice

--DIANE RILEY, Senior Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates
--KEN MELAMED,Talent Agency Owner
Bret Adams, Ltd.

About the author...

 

 

Paul RussellPaul 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 (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros), television networks (NBC, CBS, HBO), Broadway, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers directing at TONY® award-winning theaters. Some of the many talented individuals he has worked with include: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Anniston, Cynthia Nixon, and Kevin Bacon.

He has been on faculty as part of the NYU-Tisch program at the Atlantic Theatre Company School and has taught master classes on over a dozen campuses of major universities including; Yale, Rutgers, Elon, and Temple University.



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"Paul's book made me proud

to be a part of this community we call 'show'."

-- KAREN ZIEMBA, actress
TONY® & Drama Desk Award-Winner

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"This book is a necessity for any actor, young or old, who is in the business or hopes to be in the business. READ IT."

-- RICHARD ROSE, Producing Artistic Director
Barter Theatre
(TONY-award recipient for excellence in regional theater)

 

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