Acting as a business: strategies for success

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Heinemann, Feb 1, 1999 - Performing Arts - 116 pages
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With the original publication of this book, Brian O'Neil changed the way actors viewed their field by providing them with clear-cut guidelines on how to approach acting as a business. Any number of books had told actors they must be persistent, but this was the first time a book actually told actors "how" to be persistent. Now, O'Neil keeps pace with the industry, updating this indispensable work.

In "Acting As a Business, New Edition, " you will find: How to put together a theatrical resume for both the East Coast and the West Coast actor - Specific examples of cover letters and other correspondence - Practical ways of joining the performer's unions - How to prepare for and answer the questions most often asked by agents in an interview, techniques for auditioning in the agent's office, and the art of effective interview follow-up - Strategies for finding work in the theater, on soap operas, and in independent films - Tactics for getting an agent and finding out casting information well in advance of casting - A chart showing an easy way to keep records of which casting directors know your work - How to interview a prospective personal manager - A discussion of the "League" schools

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A book full of useful information for those that need it. Not all of it is applicable if you are outside of New York or LA, but there is a lot of great advise from someone who has been a part of a lot ... Read full review


Chapter One From Stage to Screen I
Chapter Three About the Unions
Chapter Five Approaching the Agents

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About the author (1999)

Brian ONeil is a former talent agent and personal manager who has represented actors for theater, film, television, commercials, and radio. As a talent representative, he was responsible for the career guidance and professional placement of hundreds of young actors, including some of todays biggest stars. Brian is founder of Acting As a Business, a one-on-one career consultation service for actors, and author of Actors Take Action: A Career Guide for the Competitive Actor (Heinemann). He lives in New York City, where he is a frequent lecturer at New Yorks finest drama schools.

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