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Provides the expert advice you need to get your big break!

Jump-start your career and land that paying part

From preparing for auditions to finding an agent, the acting business is a challenging and competitive field. This indispensable guide is what every aspiring actor needs to get a foot in the door. Discover how to market yourself, choose a dynamic head shot, create a stellar acting resume, join unions, and pay the bills while you pursue your acting dreams.

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Larry Garrison is a producer and has worked as an actor in both film and television. Wallace Wang is a successful stand-up comedian and the author of numerous bestselling For Dummies books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554469
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Donna Grayson on February 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
For anyone who has always wanted to be an actor, but has no idea where to begin - this is a great book. It covers all the basic like getting an agent, your headshot and resume, the unions. And even deals with more intermediate stuff like marketing yourself as an actor, auditioning and managing your money. I found the chapters on acting in Film and Television, Commercials and Theatre to be very helpful, since each is so different from eachother. The book also covers getting Voice-over work, and working as an Extra. There is even a chapter on getting your kids into acting.
This books touches on alot of different topics and is a very good starting book for the beginning actor.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a great start, of course the best way to learn is by throwing yourself in there. Other things I recommend as a working actor in LA:
Backstage West- for all the audtion listings
"Voice Lessons To Go" by Vaccarino, hey you know we all need to sing as some audition at one time or another-these are great.
"The Artist Way" by, Cameron- it has helped me and so many of my friends gain confidence and clarity- love this.
craigslist.org for more audition listings- free!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2003
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The book is called "Breaking Into Acting" and it tells you how to do just that. It gives you the information you need to know to get started and some information to keep going. The format of the entire book is ESPECIALLY helpful! Each chapter is basically an in-depth outline, and the print was easy to read. I especially find the chapters on how to make a resume, how to get an agent, and what to expect on a set helpful.
It covers almost everything--film, theatre, commercials, kids in acting, directors, auditions, etc. It is a great book for people who are starting out, wanting some direction, or are just plain curious about the business. I find this book a helpful one that I look back on once in a while.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. LAMASTER on March 11, 2009
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I've just finished reading the whole book - as I've just finished my 10th movie as an actor - and I found the book to be a great introduction to the world of Acting. I have found it to be accurate, helpful, and an easy read. I was surprised at how often I would read something in the book - which had been exactly as I'd found it on a set.

This book does *not* teach you how to act. That is not the intent. Rather it teaches you about the business of acting - covering film, theatre, extra work, and even things like money and life management as an actor.

Highly recommended
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JAY M MARTIN on August 29, 2003
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Outstanding Book all the way around! I was stupid and bought mine at full price ... because I was homeless and living in my car in the hot California sun with nothing better to do than to read this book while waiting for job interviews. Anyway, if you are even considering getting into acting this is a book to build your career off of! Not only does it deal with the behind the scenes stuff that the public never gets to see like headshots and resumes but also deals with the psychology of the acting game and how to deal with the ups and downs of the business.
I can't say enough good things about it! Thanks for the great read and the sun tan!
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2003
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this book was alright, a lot of useless info about the business that beginning actors wont use for years to come (if at all) i think all people breaking into acting should focus on how they act, not on how to find an agent (unless you look like brad pitt, then by all means)
anyway this book is about the business and it is very simple and informative in that regard, so if you're seeking that info you should buy this book, do not expect to find advice concerning technique though, good luck
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Lanigan on February 24, 2006
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This book, as most "Dummies" series books has been a very useful, step-by-step guide to getting started in an industry that I was otherwise not very knowledgeable. Although I am a novice in the acting field, this book explains how to take my desire for acting to the next level in a complete and comprehensive fashion. Definitely a good source for beginners who like things worded in layman's terms!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Verkler on September 14, 2003
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One of the Must Haves for any actor. Also required reading if you really want to make it: "Audition" by Michael Shurtleff, "How to Be a Working Actor" by Mari Lyn Henry, and "My Fractured Life" by Rikki Lee Travolta.
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