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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: August II Productiions.com (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977187802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977187805
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your book covers soooo much that we feel it will be an asset for everyone!You made my day. --BJ, Asst. to Shirley Mac Laine

This is an excellent gift book for any aspiring actor interested in learning the ropes of show business. --Sharla Taylor, reviewer

Jo's stories from the trenches offer insights into how the real world works helpful warnings for the neophyte. --ReaderViews.com

About the Author

Jo Kelly was married for 25 years to the late veteran actor Jack Kelly who starred with James Garner in the popular TV show "Maverick". During the marriage Jo was a Real Estate Broker and property manager. After Jack's death Jo decided to become a background actor because you can work as little or as much as you like. It was fun, however, as she learned the ropes she also learned where the sharks swim. She decided to put on seminars on how to get cast as an extra and then wrote the book to help all who enter this arena to do it the right way.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Johnson on April 4, 2006
Jo Kelly has hard-earned experience to share with those wishing to become extras. She's worked as a background actor in films, TV, commercials, and music videos. During her marriage to the late Jack Kelly, star of the TV series "Maverick", Jo had an insider's view of how Hollywood works. Her book is packed with priceless information, presented with compassion in an easy-to-read format.

Most of us have dreamed at one time or another in our lives of working in Hollywood. Readers with that goal in mind today would do well to keep Jo Kelly's book close at hand. She's provided you with the absolute essential information to expedite your dream and protect you from scammers. Listed in this book are the names and addresses of legitimate casting and call companies, how to identify and avoid scams, do's and

don'ts, wardrobe and makeup tips, non union vs. signing with the Screen Actors Guild, and much more.

Jo Kelly writes from the heart. She obviously cares about the hopes and dreams of others, and provides necessary information from good and bad experiences she's had. This is the quintessential handbook for any person hoping for a shot in show biz. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 10, 2006
In "The Truth About Being An Extra", Jo Kelly (founder of Background Actor Seminars) draws upon her years of professional experience as a veteran background actor and her personal insights as a former celebrity wife to reveal "inside secrets" to becoming a successful "background actor", that is, one of those folks you see in movie and television scenes of crowds, passers-by, restaurant diners, etc. Readers will also learn of scams and pitfalls that can happen to naive actors accepting walk-on, background roles in movies, television and commercials when they register with casting agencies. A compendium of solid film industry information, invaluable advice for newcomers, illustrative anecdotal stories of her own experiences, practical tips for securing background acting jobs, locating legitimate casting agencies, as well as becoming both comfortable and professional on the set, "The Truth To Being An Extra" should be found in every college Theatre Department's reference collection and considered "must reading" for anyone aspiring to a background acting gig.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharla Taylor on April 25, 2006
Author and veteran movie extra Jo Kelly candidly shares her experience in the field of background acting for films in Los Angeles, CA. Included in this handy guide is contact information for casting agencies and casting agenies, calling services, production studios, and tips for how to join the Screen Actors Guild. The business of background acting (from tracking expenses, finding the location of the shoot, and where to turn for tax preparation help) are also covered. This is an excellent gift book for any aspiring actor interested in learning the ropes of show business and finding his-or-her way around LA. Give one to your community theatre director and pass the information on to others who'd like to work as a movie extra.
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