Act Now!: A Step-by-step Guide on how to Become a Working Actor

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Three Rivers Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 277 pages
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How do I become an actor? As top stars are making $20 million per film or $1 million per episode for Friends, it's a question that more and more people are asking every day. Peter Jazwinski's has turned into Yahoo's number-one-ranked site for aspiring actors who are seeking a foolproof plan for how to make it in show business. In ACT NOW, Jazwinski provides an seven-step plan for making it in Hollywood. Perhaps Jazwinski's clients draw inspiration from his own story. A native of Connecticut, he arrived in Hollywood without any contacts or knowledge of the business. By trial and error, and eventually by following the plan that he outlines in this book, Jazwinski got auditions, a SAG card, and a speaking part in a scene with Jim Carrey in The Mask. It wasn't an accident. It was the direct result of persistently following all of the steps provided in ACT NOW! Too many acting books have been written by managers, agents, or acting coaches who simply recount what they know from their own unique experiences. What they don't tell readers is how to do it exactly-how to start from scratch and actually become a working actor. All of the other books on the market seem to provide the same basic information, such as what a headshot should look like and what an actor should say and wear at an audition. These books simply assume too much and don't offer the vital information that a true beginner needs. What most aspiring actors want to know is: How do I get in there? What's the secret? How do I meet an agent? ACT NOW! provides actors with a step-by-step plan that will put them in the right spot at the right time. This book is about the nuts and bolts of actually doing it. It reads more like a Suze Orman or Tony Robbins book than something written by Marion Brando or George Bernard Shaw. It even comes complete with an easy-to-follow flowchart of daily activities all geared toward getting the actor into an audition or into an interview with an agent.

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Act now!: a step-by-step guide on how to become a working actor

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The business rather than the technique of acting is the focus of these two guides. Though much has been published on how to make it in the entertainment industry, few books are as practical and ... Read full review

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PETER JAZWINSKI runs the popular website and writes The Agent News, an acting newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cloe, and daughter, Storm.

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