Actor, Inc: How to Get the Next Gig--and Still Pay Your Rent

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Heinemann, 2007 - Performing Arts - 142 pages
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  Each year thousands of actors descend upon New York City, Los Angeles, and other major cities with dreams of making it big. But of the 100,000 or more professional actors in the U.S. only about 2 to 3 percent of them actually earn a living on stage or screen. It's a tough business, and even talented people give up the profession due to financial insecurity. Too bad they didn't read Actor, Inc.   You've got to pay your dues before you pay the rent - that's why so many actors find themselves waiting on tables while waiting for parts. Actor, Inc. sees it differently. Jamie Grady shows you how to take charge, blend your personal and professional lives, and become an artistic entrepreneur. Grady leaves the artistry to you but shows you basic money-management techniques for staying afloat, and more advanced ideas that give you the financial freedom to get ahead.   Grady interviews members of the field for tips on everything a professional actor should know not only to survive but to make a living - and maybe even retire one day:
  • defining success to avoid failure
  • setting financial goals you can reach
  • organizing an efficient home office - even if it's only your couch
  • managing your time so you don't run out of it
  • prioritizing your spending when saving is a priority
  • making debt go away...and stay away
  • investing for retirement even if you aren't established
  • making sure Uncle Sam gets his so he doesn't get you.
  Don't become a starving artist. With its resources, exercises, forms, and street smarts, Actor, Inc. is the book that makes acting work for you.

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Introduction I
The Artistic Entrepreneur
Thinking About Your Career as a Business

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About the author (2007)

Jamie Grady is a professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh , where he teaches in the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment program. Prior to joining academia, Jamie served in a variety of positions for arts organizations throughout the east coast. He is a frequent contributor to professional journals and is the author of two Heinemann books, Actor Inc.: How to Get the Next Gig - and Still Pay the Rent (2007) and A Simple Statement: A Guide to Nonprofit Arts Management and Leadership (2006).

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