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Acting In Chicago: Making A Living Doing Commercials Voice Over, TV/Film And More Paperback – October 27, 2010
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About the Author
Chris Agos began his acting career in 1995. Known for his efficiency and professionalism on the job, producers have cast him in every kind of work the Chicago market has to offer. He continues to audition, work and teach other actors how to navigate the choppy waters of the acting world every day. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and twin sons.
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In this book, Chris lays out everything in a manner that is very straight forward and easy to understand. As with Chris himself, there is no ego, just an honest desire to share his more than a decade's worth of knowledge with you. If you want to become a serious professional acting talent in Chicago, you cannot afford not to read this book. As a filmmaker, what I gain out of this is understanding what the standards of quality are for actors. Even with headshots and résumés, it helps me to pinpoint those who are current with the industry's expectations, and are competent about how to properly present themselves to everyone across the board. Knowing what to think when I see a black & white headshot is something I never would've known had I not read this book. Also, knowing that the apprehensions that actors have with auditions are similar to my own helps me to address those issues, and hopefully, smooth them out a little. "Acting in Chicago" can help filmmakers align their expectations with the acting talents they hope to discover, and it can help actors shape up their game to become more appealing to casting directors and employers. Most importantly, you will learn, in detail, how to handle the business of acting with agents and unions.
This book provides you with the knowledge and tools for potential success, but the talent and ambition are yours to provide. Being a serious actor is hard work, and requires passion and dedication. However, reading this book is the easiest career decision you'll ever make.
A very "to-the-point" easy to read and understand book.
I met the author through an acting group I belong to, he's really cool, friendly and a decent man.
For either an actor new to the business in Chicago, one who has been around but is trying to up their game, or one who is trying to break into new areas of the biz, this book is everything you need.
It's a fast, entertaining and incredibly informative read...I'm going to be recommending it to all my acting classes.
The thing actors need once they have some training, is help with the business of the business and that usually takes years of "hard knocks". This book can really streamline the process and minimize the pain of getting rolling as a working actor.
It explains how to get an agent and keep them. What a casting director does and how to get on their good side.
Chris walks you though the first day on a commercial or film set, explaining who to talk to when you get there, what to expect from hair and makeup, to how the sound tech will hook up your wires...all in a fun, interesting and humble way. He's been there, he's done it, and he's sharing his experience. Truly a great book for the Chicago actor.