This guide aims to provide the expert advice you need to get your big break, jump-start your career and land that paying part. From preparing for auditions to finding an agent, the acting business is a challenging and competitive field. This guide is what every aspiring actor needs to get a foot in the door. Discover how to market yourself, choose a dynamic head shot, create a stellar acting resume, join unions, and pay the bills while you pursue your acting dreams.
Larry Garrison is a producer and has worked as an actor in both film and television. Wallace Wang is a successful stand-up comedian and the author of numerous bestselling For Dummies books.
Part I: Figuring Out the Business of Acting; Chapter 1: Opening the Door to Show Business; Chapter 2: Discovering How Show Business Really Works; Chapter 3: From Agents to Unions: Introducing the Movers and Shakers of Show Business; Part II: Packaging and Marketing Yourself; Chapter 4: Making a Great First Impression with a Head Shot; Chapter 5: Creating a Five-Star Acting Resume; Chapter 6: Training to Improve Your Acting Skills; Part III: Taking Your First Steps into Show Business; Chapter 7: Getting Seen by the Industry: Promoting Yourself; Chapter 8: Finding and Working with an Agent; Chapter 9: Auditioning; Part IV: Scoping Out the Markets; Chapter 10: Acting in Film and Television; Chapter 11: Acting in Commercials; Chapter 12: Acting in Theater; Chapter 13: Performing Without Being Seen: Voice-Over Acting; Chapter 14: Working as an Extra; Chapter 15: Getting Your Kid into Show Biz; Part V: Managing Your Money as an Actor; Chapter 16: Don't Get Ripped Off! Avoiding Con Games, Scams, and Self-Destruction; Chapter 17: Working to Pay Your Bills Until You Hit It Big; Chapter 18: Managing Your Finances; Part VI: The Part of Tens; Chapter 19: Ten Myths of Show Business; Chapter 20: Ten Traits of Successful Actors; Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Improving as an Actor; Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Act Just for the Fun of It.