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Acting and Auditioning

True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet. Published by Pantheon Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

In a bold, witty, and controversial work, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher David Mamet offers a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know.


Breaking into Commercials: The Complete Guide to Marketing Yourself, Auditioning to Win, and Getting the Job by Terry Berland, Deborah Ouellette. Published by Plume and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

The wisdom of a veteran casting director and the viewpoint of a photographer-writer mix well to give newcomers to commercial acting all the how-tos, tips, and references to break in. After all, the reasoning goes, more than 60,000 commercial roles are cast each year, so why not get in on it? On the basis of their collective experience and interviews with more than 75 industry pros, Berland and Ouellette completely debunk some of the myths surrounding success: that talent is the only quality that matters; that you can pay to get on camera; and that all you need for voice-overs is a great demo tape. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Here, aspiring actors are walked through every stage of the process, from resume preparation and getting head shots to residual and contract explanations. Summaries at the end of chapters help focus on what has been learned, and straight text is interspersed with question-and-answer interviews. A good reality check about acting for both kids and adults.


An Actor's Guide: Your First Year in Hollywood by Michael Saint Nicholas. Published by Allworth Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

In this friendly and authoritative companion, a working actor offers essential information for every actor beginning a career in Hollywood. Coverage includes: getting to know Los Angeles, finding a place to live, earning a living while auditioning, getting a SAG card, finding an agent, auditioning, building credits, getting exposure, contracts, publicity, landing parts, keeping the right frame of mind, and more. Interviews with well-known casting directors, agents, and actors provide first-hand tips. Useful lists of contacts and a glossary are also included.


Launching Your Child in Show Biz: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide by Dick Van Patten, Peter Berk. Published by General Pub Group and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


An Actor's Business: How Show Business Works & How to Market Yourself As an Actor (No Matter Where You Live) by Andrew Reilly. Published by Venture Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television by Mari Lyn Henry, Lynne Rogers. Published by Back Stage Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

Just moving to NYC, Los Angeles, or Chicago? Don't even think about starting out in the acting world without reading Mari Lyn Henry's & Lynne Roger's book. It's the bible of the Acting Biz and can save you much time, money, and pain. It has it all... everything from headshots to getting an agent. Don't make a move unless you own it.


Acting Professionally: Raw Facts About Careers in Acting by Robert Cohen. Published by Mayfield Publishing Company and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


How to Sell Yourself As an Actor by K Callan. Published by Sweden Press and is available in association with Amazon, to order click here.

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