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I moved to New York City to be an actor right after college and spent five incredible years on the roller coaster that is a professional performer's life. When I realized I was ready to change my career and my life, I couldn't find any resources that truly spoke to why I became a performer, the importance of passion in my career, or how to know what to do if you just might be falling out of love with your first love, performing. 

So I developed my own process. I successfully transitioned to a new career that was an even better fit for who I am and what I truly want out of life.  I now run my own business and I specialize in showing creative people how to be strategic with their business and career decisions.  I've had the privilege of working with career experts, human resources departments, and many current and former performers, and now everything I've learned is in one place for you: Exit Stage Right.

This is the stuff no one told me when I was a performer.  This is the stuff I wish I'd known when I started out. This is the stuff they're not teaching in universities and conservatories. This is the stuff that my still-performing, super-successful, gold-statue-winning friends knew before they got big - the stuff that shaped their success both on screen & stage, and in life.

One more thing: there is a lot of emotion surrounding the idea of career change. Some of my performer friends won't even read Exit Stage Right because, to be perfectly honest, they're too comfortable doing things the same old struggling way. What if just one simple tweak transformed their performing career? Hiding from the truth doesn't make it go away, it only makes issues bigger. Gather as much information as possible - about yourself as well as your possibilities - to make the best possible decisions. This book is designed to evaluate where you are, help you make an honest, healthy, true-to-you decision, and be equipped with the tools and strategy you need to be successful - whether as a performer or in a whole new role. 

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR EXIT STAGE RIGHT
"An essential guide for actors and performers transitioning into new careers."
- Luke Crowe, Vice President, Backstage

"If you are a performer who wants to make a career change and still maximize all your creative abilities, Ciara Pressler's Exit Stage Right is the book you are looking for.  Written with insight, clarity and through personal experience, Ms. Pressler guides readers through the period of adjustment and toward a brighter horizon.  Excellent!"
- Brian O'Neil, author of Acting as a Business: Strategies for Success

"Exit Stage Right is the much-needed roadmap for actors exploring new career options.  Ciara Pressler combines her firsthand experience with the principles of smart marketing to create a step-by-step process for performers ready to channel their focus and inspiration into finding a new, fulfilling role."  
- Dallas Travers, The Actors' Advocate & author of The Tao of Show Business

"For performers looking to redefine themselves and harness their creative talents for a new career path, the first step should be Ciara Pressler's Exit Stage Right. Ms. Pressler has a perfect combination of experience and savvy to guide the transitioning artist to a career that feels authentic, resonant, and ultimately satisfying." 
- Betsy Capes, Founder & President, Capes Coaching 

"Finally, there is a resource for actors looking to utilize their innate skill set and creativity and transition to another career path. Exit Stage Right will undoubtedly help those actors who have lost their performing passion regain a sense of artistic control over their lives. Thank you, Ciara Pressler, for honestly sharing your experience and insight and giving actors a sense of focus in moving forward to an unknown horizon."
- Jodie Bentley, Actor & Co-Founder, The Savvy Actor
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Pressler Collaborative (November 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988513501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988513501
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ciara Pressler is a marketing strategist working with new and growing businesses. She is the author of Game Plan: Achieve Your Goals in Life, Career, and Business, and Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers; host of business and marketing webseries The Audience; marketing reporter for Alleywire.com; and a guest speaker at conferences, universities, and professional events. Her marketing collective Pressler Collaborative creates marketing strategy and action plans for businesses and projects in entertainment, media, real estate, tech, finance, fitness, lifestyle, and beyond. More at www.CiaraPressler.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darbi Worley on November 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I can't believe this subject has not been addressed before. I am an actor and know that 99% of actors eventually leave the business. This book answers common questions about when to know when it's time to leave and what jobs are excellent survival jobs for actors who do not want to quit but who need to make more money. The book is full of good advice and is eminently readable. I'll be recommending it to friends, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Reynolds on December 14, 2012
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Finally, solid and practical advice for those of us who had to transition careers. Pressler presents a roadmap that doesn't require sacrificing the inner artist. Definitely recommending Exit Stage Right to a few friends.
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By Alicia Rebens on December 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I wish I had this book when I was going through my own career crisis 7 years ago.
I love the arts and loved parts of the lifestyle, but it was no longer working for me.
Perhaps I could have shaved a couple years of anxiety by reading this book and realizing both the skill set that my time in the industry gave me, and that there were ways I could love and be involved in it without relying on it for my income.
Great solid easy read with no-nonsense advice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bones Rodriguez on February 2, 2013
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I am an actor, and an author, and have performed with Ciara Pressler in the past. We have a lot in common, including the entrepreneurial spirit that finds it difficult to do what others say, and follow the crowd.

I suspect that MOST performers fall into this category.

So, when I first started reading this book, I asked "Who the hell is this book for?"; not really understanding how someone would come to start looking for it.

However, as I got further into the book, I found some great, practical advice for the performer who might not understand that their past experience didn't need to be a negative, but instead how to use their past experience and skills as an asset for an employer.

I've found my skills to be extremely helpful as I build my own businesses, or do short-term gigs for others.

Whereas my book is about being your own boss and finding your own side business to sustain yourself as you continue to pursue your performing career, Pressler's book takes a normally complicated issue for "artsy types" and leads them down a path of self-discovery, pride, and practical how-to GET A JOB.

Considering how many people stop pursuing a performing career (the GREAT MAJORITY), this book could be a real help to many, many people.

No matter where you are in your career, this book will give you a great outlook on yourself and your skills; I definitely recommend this book to any performer.
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