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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ISB Publishing (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937717003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937717001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"If you want to 'make it' in this business, you need to read this book!" -Robert Attermann, Vice President of Abrams Artists Agency

"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

Dear Potential Reader,
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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It took me about three days' time to read it, and I found it very easy to read because it's written in a laid back tone.
The author's message is all about hard work, smarts and attitude, and how to apply these in building a successful entertainment career.
George Grieve
This makes Breaking In a good read for anyone who wants to do better, and a must read for anyone looking to work in entertainment.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Leitman Bailey on November 2, 2012
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At the age of 18, I became obsessed with reading self-help books. Some of my closest friends and I started an informal club where we practiced the rules, pointers and advice in these books. I had grown up without understanding how to become successful and my social skills needed major improvement. These books became manna from heaven to a hungry young man. Evan Farmer's Breaking In, The Formula for Success in Entertainment, would have been a welcome addition to our club.

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.
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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 photography for film and video. Over the years, I've heard that same question countless times from aspiring photographers, directors, writers, and actors: "How did you get to do what you do? How do you get into the business?" I wish I could have immediately referred them to "Breaking In" by Evan Farmer. I'm not a fan of condescending, preachy "my way to your success" types of books and in fact I avoid them. Give me the raw, imperfect yet solid experiences of someone whom has done the soul searching, made the commitment and walked the walk, risked greatly, stumbled and survived, worked their ass off and refused to quit, and then reaped the rewards.

This book is real, it's down to earth, and it's more like having a conversation with Farmer than a typical "how to." I personally have several goals for starting a side business and investing for retirement, etc. Farmer has also studied tried and true successful business practices, principles, and experiences and most importantly, mistakes from some of the most successful people, and he applies them towards reaching his goals and yours. This book inspires and can guide you regardless of job descriptions or career aspirations, and there is no substitute for shared life experiences from someone who began at the very bottom of an industry and worked his way up to success. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering a career in entertainment, and even though it's especially relevant to entertainers, anyone in the industry will find it invaluable.
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There was a vast hole waiting to be filled with useful information when it came to breaking into the entertainment industry...until now. Even though there are plenty of "advice books" out there, they usually provide the standard processes that rarely work in helping an aspiring entertainer with his or her career. This book is everything, except that. Threading the two common themes of hard work and positive thinking throughout, "Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment" by Evan Farmer is helpful on so many levels.

Farmer shares his personal experiences...both missteps and 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.
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