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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581154380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581154382
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sassy and lively trip through the acting business." -- Roger Berlind, Broadway Producer

"Acting Is a Job offers practical and invaluable advice to anyone interested in pursuing a career as an actor." -- James Lapine, Playwright and Director

"What a wonderful book. I learned things from it I didn’t know before. A must-read for young and established actors!" -- Kate Burton, Actress

From the Publisher

The acting business is filled with people dreaming of a career in the field. Unfortunately, many would-be professionals seeking advice and sound insight often find books that merely sell the acting dream. To those wanting clear-eyed business advice, a new resource takes a new approach. With Acting Is a Job: Real-Life Lessons About the Acting Business, Jason Pugatch goes beyond the perceived glamour of acting to provide a hilarious, heartrending, and honest overview of the acting life.

More About the Author

Jason Pugatch is a writer, actor, and the Associate Director of the Los Angeles non-profit organization the Young Storytellers Foundation, an organization that brings arts programming to at risk youth in Los Angeles public schools. He wrote the feature film Coach, and is the author of Starting Your Career as an Actor. He has written for the London Review of Books and blogs about arts education for the Huffington Post.

As an actor, Mr. Pugatch has appeared in plays in New York and regionally. On television, he appeared on television shows like Numb3rs, Lincoln Heights, and Law & as well as in many television commercials. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where he focused on literature, theater, and writing, and an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and the Moscow Art Theatre. He lives in Los Angeles.

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This book should be required reading for every Conservatory, BFA, and MFA acting program in the country!
Aimee
He reminds us that how no matter where you are in your career, there are always hurdles, as well as triumphs, along the way.
Eva
A smart, funny and realistic view into the business of Acting, that should be a must read for new and veteran actors a like!
E. Carmona

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on July 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the most helpful book about acting I have ever read. It is honest, candid, funny and so true! No sugar coating, no "just do this and you will make it!" It's a truthful look at how hard a business acting is, and how long it takes to build a career but also how rewarding it can be if it is your passion and you are patient and willing to stick through the tough times. This book shows you that it's okay to be an artist and a business person, and once you meld the two, you can have a career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
ACTING IS A JOB: REAL LIFE LESSONS ABOUT THE ACTING BUSINESS provides both humor and solid insights as it covers the basics of the acting world and uses interviews with other working actors, agents, and directors to fill in any gaps. From a review of lie theatre, film and TV opportunities and experiences to the basics of locating good-paying work and how to handle training programs, ACTING IS A JOB covers everything you'll need to know about the industry.

Diane C. Donovan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tuptim on July 18, 2006
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For the first time, an accurate and hilarious breakdown of what the acting business is really like. Thoroughly entertaining, concise and informative, the author strips away the frothy fantasy of Hollywood that is sold to the public and to beginning actors, preparing his reader for the emotional, practical and economic realities of the entertainment industry. A must read for veterans, novices, and their confused parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Carmona on June 11, 2009
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A smart, funny and realistic view into the business of Acting, that should be a must read for new and veteran actors a like!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eva on September 10, 2006
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This a great, smartly written book. It is useful for both actors who are just starting out, as well seasoned professionals who want to get back to the basics of the business. The book gives new insight into the other side of the acting business, brilliantly articulating how important it is to be your own best agent, producer and ally - and taking it to the next step by giving practical advice on making that happen. Pugatch's retelling of his peers' experiences, as well as the use of his own personal trials and tribulations are both entertaining and invaluable. He reminds us that how no matter where you are in your career, there are always hurdles, as well as triumphs, along the way. I highly recommend this book.
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