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Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment Paperback – March 15, 2012
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"Breaking In reminds aspiring artists that some things will never change; that real success will always be the domain of those who both work harder and work smarter." -Kristin Chenoweth
From the Author
When I sat down to write this book, I had two specific groups of readers in mind: 1) the aspiring artist, and 2) the parents or loved ones of those seeking a career in the arts.
Having watched so many artists around me over the years (many with natural talent and gifts I could only dream of) struggle unnecessarily to find their way, I felt that, through my own experience and research, I had an opportunity to demystify what a career in entertainment really entails, and provide a road map for creating the opportunities that lead to repeated success.
In short, this is the book that I wish I had when I started out and, perhaps just as importantly, the book that I wish my family had so they would have confidently and comfortably known how to support my dreams and decisions along the way that probably seemed nuts to them at the time.
Contrary to the pervasive tabloid image, there is a rhyme and reason to this industry and furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities out there for anyone with the right knowledge and a bit of drive! And that is exactly what I believe my book will provide...
Go forth and conquer! Your applause awaits!
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Top Customer Reviews
Farmer `s advice is valuable to any person trying to make it in business not to mention the entertainment business. His humility allows him to pour out his successes and failures so we do not make the same mistakes. I was most stunned to see how deep his library of knowledge is. He puts together a best of quotes and advice from all of those books I read when I was breaking in. And he uses the best advice from these books. One of my favorite quotes he uses is by Thomas Edison: I have not failed but I have just found ten thousand things that do not work," and his own, "the more you prepare the less you fear."
Farmer also updates these books for the new millennium. And in many cases improves these books and I could not imagine a better book for the entertainment world to read on making it in the business.
And many of Farmer's tips I live by. He puts together the most amazing collection of success tips that you can surmise that he has been collecting these treasures his entire adult life. He recommends 8 hours of sleep. He warns us about information overload and how we are not focusing properly on our art because of all of the distractions of Facebook, Twitter, television, texting and mobile devices.Read more ›
Farmer shares his personal experiences...both missteps and successes...in order to illustrate exactly how possible it is to be both financially and artistically free. As he explains with the 90/10 rule, the entertainment business is 90% business and 10% entertainment. Farmer shows exactly why artists have to be advocates for themselves and learn the business. He does a wonderful job of not only explaining how to break into the business, but also how to spend a long time in the industry once that door opens.
A majority of this book explains the importance of how an aspiring entertainer must think in order to become successful. Farmer discusses the entertainers whose careers have been full of wins and the traits they have in common. This book also comes equipped with applicable questionnaires and actionable processes to keep an aspiring entertainer's mind on his or her goal.
What stood out the most is an entire chapter dedicated to stellar financial advice. This is something that rarely gets discussed when up-and-coming entertainers are trying to break into the business. The financial advice in this book works for any career, but is especially helpful for a career in entertainment.Read more ›
Farmer speaks from experience when it comes to making it in the entertainment world, and almost every piece of advice he gives is backed up with an example from his life, which has included everything from hosting television shows, to being an internationally touring recording artist, to building his own plane and flying it solo across the US. He also features examples from other celebrities' lives, so the reader can see exactly how following the advice works.
The sections of Breaking In cover getting oneself into the right mentality to pursue a career in entertainment, the traits one needs to work in entertainment, important skills, including the financial aspects of being a working entertainer, which is a job where paychecks can oftentimes be spaced out with months, or even years, between them, and last, but not least, how one can take action on all of this.
Key points are in bold throughout the book, and there's a "rule" at the end of every chapter, which is nice for once you've finished the book and want an occasional refresher.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've made a good living the past seventeen years working in the entertainment industry as a professional camera operator for entertainment television, as well as a director of... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by JohnL
If, like me, you have of a child who has stated the intent, or has already launched their campaign, to conquer the entertainment industry, be it Hollywood, Broadway, television, or... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by George Grieve
This book is essential for anyone who wants to break into, and more importantly, stay in, the entertainment industry. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Cat Grieve
The book is written for anyone who has dreams of making a career and a life for themselves in the entertainment industry. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Allison