The Professional Actor's Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call

The Professional Actor's Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call


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Pursuing an acting career is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to shrug off rejection. It also requires an ability to navigate the pitfalls of an often precarious profession. While there are many books that attempt to teach people how to act, there are few books that show individuals what it takes to succeed as a working professional.

The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call provides individuals with strategies that will help them successfully negotiate every stage of their careers. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals looking to transition their careers to the next level, this book is a much needed guide. Among the many topics covered in this book, the authors demonstrate how to:

·Create a Captivating Resume
·Take a “Perfect” Headshot
·Compile a Complete Rep Book
·Conquer Audition Nerves
·Establish an Online Presence
·Finance a Developing Career

Other strategies address how to network, how to survive while building a performing arts career, and even how to organize your home office. Featuring sample resumes and business cards, insights from industry experts—including agents and casting directors—and a list of resources, this book offers invaluable guidance—including advice on how to negotiate a contract. Along with audition manuals and repertoire binders, The Professional Actor’s Handbook is a vital reference that belongs on every aspiring performer’s bookshelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442277724
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 902,928
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julio Agustin is assistant professor of theatre and dance at James Madison University. He has performed in six Broadway shows—including Chicago and Fosse—and runs a monthly audition studio in New York City, The Transition Workshop.

Kathleen Potts is an academic, dramaturge, and award-winning playwright on faculty at The City College of New York, CUNY.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Parkinson xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Branding Strategies for the Professional Actor

Success Strategy 1 Define Your Unique Selling Points 3

Success Strategy 2 Build Your Brand by Following the Stars 11

Part II Success Strategies for the Stage and Screen

Success Strategy 3 Create a Captivating Resume 21

Success Strategy 4 Take That "Perfect" Headshot 34

Success Strategy 5 Write a Standout Cover Letter 50

Success Strategy 6 Compile a Complete Rep Book 62

Success Strategy 7 Practice Preparation 79

Success Strategy 8 Conquer Audition Nerves 92

Part III Marketing and Networking Strategies for the Successful Performer

Success Strategy 9 Execute a Marketing Plan 101

Success Strategy 10 Establish Your Team 115

Success Strategy 11 Cultivate a Mentor 121

Success Strategy 12 Get "Them" to Trust You 134

Success Strategy 13 Network! 142

Success Strategy 14 Follow Up for Superior Results 149

Part IV Offstage and Professionalization Strategies

Success Strategy 15 Organize Your Home Office 161

Success Strategy 16 Finance Your Developing Career 173

Success Strategy 17 Negotiate a Profitable Contract 182

Epilogue 193

Resources 195

Index 203

About the Authors 207

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