Starting Your Career as an Actor

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2012 - Performing Arts - 292 pages
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This practical and entertaining guide readies the uninitiated actor to navigate the ridiculous, impossible, and often heartbreaking world of the acting industry. This book will expose actors to the ins and outs of the world's (second) oldest profession. Topics include how to be "discovered," what to expect from training programs, the grunt work of starting a career, how to persevere in the face of rejection, the new digital world for actors, and much more.

 Experienced actor and screenwriter Jason Pugatch offers a fresh, hip, and invaluable industry perspective, with sidebar quotations, charts, and timelines, and a quick-reference appendix of the acting trade. Packed with myth-shattering anecdotes and told in a personal tone, Starting Your Career as an Actor is the backstage guide that every aspiring actor must read.

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About the author (2012)

Jason Pugatch has appeared in plays off-Broadway and regionally, and on the television shows Law & Order, Numbers, Medium, and Lincoln Heights. He is the writer of Coach, a feature film starring Hugh Dancy. He is also a published short story author, and has written for the London Review of Books and the Huffington Post. Since 2006, Pugatch has been working for the nonprofit Young Storytellers Foundation, an organization that promotes literacy and self-esteem through the art of screenwriting in underserved Los Angeles public schools. He currently holds the position of associate director for YSF. He has an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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