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Breaking In: The Formula for Success in Entertainment Paperback – March 15, 2012

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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ISB Publishing (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937717003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937717001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 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: #2,785,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 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.
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When people try to give advice about breaking into the entertainment industry, be it on the Hollywood side of things, or the music side of things, it's most often regarding topics like how to get an agent, how to get signed, or how to book your first gig. While that's all well and good, Evan Farmer points out in his book, Breaking In, that it's putting the proverbial cart before the horse. The advice Farmer gives, instead, covers what one needs to do in order to get to that point, as Breaking In looks at the mental aspects of what it takes to achieve one's goals in entertainment.

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.
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