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Personal + Professional Development Resource Guide
An Actor's Guide to Getting Work by Simon Dunmore'Essential reading for any young actor' Dame Maggie SmithCompetition for acting work is fierce and talent is not necessarily enough. Actors need all the help they can get with all aspects of the profession. Now in its fifth edition, completely revised and updated, this practical, comprehensive guide contains invaluable information and advice to enable actors to succeed in the business. Written with honesty, humour and thoroughness, An Actor's Guide to Getting Work draws on the author's rich experience in the field to offer advice to both the novice and the seasoned performer. New material in this fifth edition includes what drama schools are looking for, approaching Shakespeare for audition, professional email etiquette, using the internet as a self-marketing tool, and many more useful checklists and updated insights into the profession.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2012-02-02
Theater Careers by Tim Donahue; Jim PattersonTheater Careers is designed to empower aspiring theater professionals to make savvy, informed decisions through a concise overview of how to prepare for and find work in the theater business. Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson offer well-researched information on various professions, salary ranges, educational and experience requirements, and other facets certain to enlighten students contemplating a theater career, as well as inform counselors, teachers, and parents of available opportunities and the demands of each path. Theater Careers offers valuable details not readily available elsewhere, including dozens of informative job descriptions surveying the impressive variety of theater careers, both on and off the stage as well as statistics on the working and earning prospects of various careers as drawn from the best sources in the business. The authors also provide thoughtful assessments of the value of education and training choices, including the most meaningful way to look at the costs of college--estimating net costs, which is seldom described elsewhere--and how to choose a school.Straightforward and objective, Theater Careers is an ideal reference for those seeking careers in the theater. Armed with this information, readers will be better equipped to pursue choices that best lead to satisfying and secure employment in the rewarding field of the dramatic arts.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2013-07-22
The Artist's Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts by Rachel MooreAn inspiring, real world guide for artists in the classic bestselling tradition of What Color Is Your Parachute? that shows how to build a successful, stable career in the performing arts, from the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center who has carved her own success through her creative talent and business skill. While performing artists have many educational opportunities to perfect their craft, they are often on their own when it comes to learning the business skills necessary to launch their careers. At the end of the day, show business is, well, a business. In The Artist's Compass, Los Angeles Music Center CEO Rachel Moore shares how to make life as a performer more successful, secure, and sustainable by approaching a career in the arts like an entrepreneur. A former dancer in the American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet, Moore knows firsthand what it's like to struggle and succeed as an artist. Now in an offstage role as CEO, Moore shares the hard-won lessons she's learned about making one's own success and encourages every performer to develop creative talent alongside marketable skills. With testimonials from artists like Lang Lang, Sigourney Weaver, and Renee Fleming, plus inspiring anecdotes from Moore's own journey in the arts, The Artist's Compass teaches aspiring performers how to think like an entrepreneur to create their own brand and marketing platform to achieve personal and professional success. In an engaging, realistic, and authoritative voice, Moore combines her artistic and corporate experience to address the finer points of building a career in a challenging industry, teaching young performers how to achieve financial independence so that they might have creative independence.
Call Number: PN1580 .M55 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Secrets of Voice-Over Success by Joan BakerFor millennia, shamans and philosophers, believers and nonbelievers, artists and scientists have tried to make sense of our existence by suggesting that everything is connected, that a mysterious Oneness binds us to everything else. People go to temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues to pray to their divine incarnation of Oneness. Following a surprisingly similar notion, scientists have long asserted that under Nature’s apparent complexity there is a simpler underlying reality. In its modern incarnation, this Theory of Everything would unite the physical laws governing very large bodies (Einstein’s theory of relativity) and those governing tiny ones (quantum mechanics) into a single framework. But despite the brave efforts of many powerful minds, the Theory of Everything remains elusive. It turns out that the universe is not elegant. It is gloriously messy.Overturning more than twenty-five centuries of scientific thought, award-winning physicist Marcelo Gleiser argues that this quest for a Theory of Everything is fundamentally misguided, and he explains the volcanic implications this ideological shift has for humankind. All the evidence points to a scenario in which everything emerges from fundamental imperfections, primordial asymmetries in matter and time, cataclysmic accidents in Earth’s early life, and duplication errors in the genetic code. Imbalance spurs creation. Without asymmetries and imperfections, the universe would be filled with nothing but smooth radiation.A Tear at the Edge of Creationcalls for nothing less than a new "humancentrism" to reflect our position in the universal order. All life, but intelligent life in particular, is a rare and precious accident. Our presence here has no meaning outside of itself, but it does have meaning. The unplanned complexity of humankind is all the more beautiful for its improbability. It’s time for science to let go of the old aesthetic that labels perfection beautiful and holds that "beauty is truth." It’s time to look at the evidence without centuries of monotheistic baggage. In this lucid, down-to-earth narrative, Gleiser walks us through the basic and cutting-edge science that fueled his own transformation from unifier to doubter—a fascinating scientific quest that led him to a new understanding of what it is to be human.
Call Number: PN1990.9.A54 B35 2005
Publication Date: 2005-05-25
Acting for the Stage by Chris Qualls (Editor); Anna Weinstein (Editor)Acting for the Stage is a highly accessible guide to the business of theater acting, written for those interested in pursuing acting as a profession. This book is a collection of essays by and interviews with talented artists and businesspeople who have built successful careers in the theater; it's a goldmine of career advice that might take years to find on your own. Herein, the myths around professional acting are dispelled, and the mysteries revealed. Acting for the Stage illuminates practical strategies to help you build a life as a theater professional and find financial rewards and creative fulfillment in the process. Contains essays by and interviews with working stage actors, acting coaches, directors, writers, and agents. Features discussions on selecting a graduate school program, choosing acting classes and workshops, making the most out of your showcase, landing an agent, networking and promoting yourself, and the business of casting. Covers issues of money management, balancing the highs and lows of the profession, finding work to nourish your acting career, and building your creative team and support network.
Call Number: PN2055 .A15 2017
Publication Date: 2017-03-02
The Actor's Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life by Jane Drake BrodyThe American Actors Careers Guide is a self-directed practical guide specifically for actors graduating from theatre programs with BFAs, MFAs, or BAs to assist them in moving towards success using the same kind of business/career planning so frequently offered to graduates in non-arts programs. This introduction to the acting industry provides actors with essential knowledge and examples of casting breakdowns, letters, marketing tools and a five-year career plan. Interviews with casting directors and agents are included from throughout the US offering advice and opinions on auditions, showreels, pictures, resumes and networking, as well as important issues such as typecasting and ethnicity. The Guide also gives a regional breakdown of the acting industry in America and how it is different across the various regions and cities. To suit teaching needs, the book can easily adapt to either a ten-week or a thirteen-week syllabus. Offering support as a personal career coach, empowering the actor to take concrete steps towards their career goals, The Acting Business- A Career Guide is a must-have book for all first-time actors.
Call Number: PN2055 .B77 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-22
How to Be a Working Actor by Mari Lyn Henry; Lynne Rogers; Joe Mantegna (Foreword by)"The celebrated survival guide for the working actor - now completely updated and expanded with a foreword by Tony award-winning actor Joe Mantegna! Renowned for more than two decades as the most comprehensive resource for actors, How to Be a Working Actoris a must-read for achieving success in The Business. Now this "Bible of the Biz" has been completely revised and greatly expanded to address new markets, ever-changing opportunities, andthe many new ways today's actors find work. Talent manager, teacher, and career coach Mari Lyn Henry and acress, author, and spokeswoman Lynne Rogers combine their extensive skills and years of experience to cover all the essentials of how to market yourself, land roles, and manage a successful career. They also include expert advie from scores of other industry experts - well-known actors, agents, managers, casting directors, and teachers. How to Be a Working Actoris loaded with advice on how to- - put together a professional wardrobe get a head shot that brings out the real you create a resume that really works find the training to develop your talents communicate effectively with agents and managers use th
L. A. from A to Z: The Actor's Guide to Surviving and Succeeding in Los Angeles by Thomas Mills"Actors need the acceptance of unknowing. That's a legitimate job tool." So says Thomas Mills whose twenty years in the profession-eight of them in LA-have made him something of a philosopher, but even better an insider. Author of the "Tombudsman" and "Working Actor" columns for BackstageWest, Mills knows acting. He knows Los Angeles. And he knows what it takes to survive there-and even thrive. He now shares his knowledge in LA from A to Z. From A (acting classes, auditions, and agents) to Z (getting enough of them), Mills offers actors a realistic, helpful, and at times bemused guide to life in the big city. Along the way he looks at: attitude-a bad one will earn you the ultimate scarlet letter boredom-how to deal with that long time between acting jobs film set etiquette-don't park in Mr. Katzenberg's space, for starters demo reels-be honest, ask yourself, "Based on this, would I hire me?" Find work. Avoid scams. Cope with your first earthquake. Read Mills and make the most of your LA experience.
Call Number: PN2055 .M55 2002
Publication Date: 2002-10-28
Acting As a Business: Strategies for Success by Brian O'NeilAn essential handbook for actors–a modern classic–in a newly updated edition. Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with practical information–on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in agent’s office–including: •How to craft a winning theatrical résumé •The most effective ways to join the performer’s unions •Tactics for getting an agent •Strategies for finding work in the theater, on daytime television, and in independent films •Navigating the different customs and cultures of New York and Los Angeles O’Neil has updated Acting as a Business to keep up with the latest show-business trends, including how best to use the Internet, making this new edition no actor should be without.
Call Number: PN2055 .O54 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
Advice to a Young Black Actor (and Others): Conversations with Douglas Turner Ward by Douglas Turner Ward; Gus EdwardsCofounder and artistic director of the famed Negro Ensemble Company, Douglas Turner Ward is also the country's foremost authority on African Americans in theatre. Playwright and educator Gus Edwards talked with Ward about the opportunities for African American actors. The result is the first book to address the creative and professional challenges of acting from a specifically African American perspective. For the actor of color, these conversations reveal much about important topics, including: ethnic specificity colorblind casting cultural honesty of roles. The talks also provide immediately usable personal advice on establishing and maintaining a professional career on stage, TV, and film, and covering everything from auditions and acting workshops to dealing with and learning fromaudiences and sustaining long runs. Advice to a Young Black Actoris an indispensable book pioneering effort that is long overdue.
Call Number: PN2055 .W35 2004
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Working in American Theatre by Jim VolzI cannot think of a better book for aspiring and working actors, craftspeople, artists, and managers Ken Thompson, Artistic Director, Denver Center Theatre Company, Past President TCG Board of Directors It's time for a new look at the complexity and richness of America's growing theatrical landscapre and Jim Volz is just the person to provide that overview Lesley Schisgall Currier, Managing Director, Marin Shakespeare Company Working in American Theatre is a coast-to-coast overview of the opportunities awaiting theatre practitioners in every discipline. Culled from interviews with America's top theatre professionals, this resource offers job-search and career-planning strategies, as well as detailed information on over 1,000 places to work in the American theatre, including regional companies, commerical theatre, Shakespeare festivals, touring theatres, university/resident theatres, youth and children's theatres, and outdoor theatres. Richly detailed with behind-the-scenes stories of the regional movement that many say saved American theatre, this single volume is an indispensable tool at every stage of your career.
Call Number: PN2074 .V67 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
The Business of Theatrical Design by James L. MoodyFor theatrical design students and theater professionals, here is the essential guide to marketing your skills, furthering your career, and operating a successful business! In The Business of Theatrical Design, design veteran James Moody shares his proven techniques to help costume, scenic, and lighting designers become successful businesspeople. Here is the latest information regarding IRS, state, and business liabilities; salary and fee scales; equipment costs; professional organizations; union and contract issues; and much more. Plus dozens of working producers, promoters, and designers share their insights and offer a thorough, true-to-life profile of this competitive industry. An indispensable resource for anyone looking to pursue a career in the theater!
Call Number: PN2086 .M66 2002
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
So You Want to Be a Theatre Designer? by Michael PavelkaA theater designer needs to be able to draw on a wide spectrum of skills, work collaboratively with all the different members of the production team, and deliver designs that work in the testing conditions of performance. Written by an experienced practitioner and teacher, this book is an essential guide for any aspiring or emerging theater designer.
This organization offers tax assistance for those in the entertainment industry; it is one of several industry-specific tax preparation resources.
Make sure to always have a passport that is active and non-expired. Some companies will not allow you to travel if your passport expiration date is within a six month period. DO NOT wait until the last minute to renew.
Small Business Administration
Through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), you can research various business types, find mentors, learn what paperwork is required to set up your business, and investigate financing options.