ACTING Make It Your Business - How to Avoid Mistakes & Achieve Success as a Working Actor

ACTING: Make It Your Business

How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor

The Most 5-Star Rated Best-Selling Book for Actors

on the Business of Acting!

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.

Available worldwide from one of the world's largest and longest established publishers: Penguin / Random House.

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ACTING Make It Your Business

Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Directors, Hollywood & Broadway Agents

Love 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, anywhere in the world, take note:

This is your roadmap!"

-- BERNARD TELSEY, casting director, CSA
(NBC's Peter Pan - LIVE!, Into The Woods - The Movie, Wicked, Sex & The City)


"All the right questions asked & answered...

and with a generous portion of good humor!"

-- SUZANNE RYAN, casting director, CSA
(Law & Order,Unforgettable)


"I LOVE this book!"

Paul's book tells you what you don't want to hear but really need to know

EVERY actor should read this book!"

-- DIANE RILEY, Senior Legit Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates


"Paul's book made me proud to be a part of this community we call 'show!'"

-- KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award Winning Actress


"Paul Russell's words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!"

-- KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner
Bret Adams, Ltd.

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!

Dept. Chair - Dept. of Thtr.
Chapman University

New York University - Tisch

Elon University

Rutgers University

Wright State University

Millikin University

Ithica 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:

  • 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 

About the author...



Paul RussellPaul Russell's career as a casting director, director, and former actor has spanned more than 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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"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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