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The Hollywood Survival Guide for Actors: Your Handbook to Becoming a Working Actor in La Paperback – January 20, 2014
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Unlike many other broad spectrum 'travel guides', this book delves into the nitty gritty of getting around town (particularly during peak hour), where to shop and basically - how to survive!
Not sure how the kindle version will hold up, but a soft covered version would soon become well-worn, dog-eared and coffee stained from over-use.
I'm still a newbie in this town, but I know this will be a resource I come back to. It's saved me time and headaches already, and put real structure behind my efforts going forward.
Thanks so much for sharing.
I've read many books trying to learn a thing or two...but its difficult to learn anything when most books on acting pertain to the theatre, as well as the "art" of it all. Thats fantastic and admirable....but odds are you came all the way to LA to make some money doing what you love...and this book might help you do just that. Most of the books I've read preach about outdated information such as Meisner Technique & Tennessee Williams, and swear that all "working actors" are in fact "sell outs". They are likely authored by a bitter, starving theatre actor in NYC that simply wants to keep its readers down with them...angry, resentful, and jobless.
Jackson IS in fact a working actress. Take one look at her IMDB profile if you are skeptical. She is one of the few making a living while living the dream. Her book gives you a realistic, practical guide to trying to penetrate this industry and get a foot in the door. She has "paid her dues" and "earned her stripes" during her career as a Hollywood actress...and if you read this book, you will likely be able to avoid the various hurdles and pitfalls associated with starting up a career as an actor.
On top of it all...she is a stone cold fox! Moreover...she wrote a 350 page book! Swoon!
The Hollywood Survival Guide For Actors reads like "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and that's a really good thing. When going into the unknown, I like to research it (to death), gaining every bit of information and detail. I don't like to jump in head first because invariably, I'm caught off guard on something I could have easily been prepared for. For me, this book is an actor's valuable resource holding all of that sage advice in one spot, while wisely referring the reader to applicable websites and companies.
Kym's down-to-Earth writing makes this read informative and yet enjoyable at the same time. Though my career is completely unrelated to this industry, I still found it an interesting read. Not only does she cover the important basics (resume, representation, marketing, etc), but she also points out attitude and character (reliability, honesty, respect, consideration). It really was refreshing to read an actor actually supportive of these characteristics. As an outsider, I view the industry as vain, superficial, backstabbing and selfish, so it's nice to see the author is encouraging qualities that will hold the reader to a higher standard.
Los Angeles is a tough place to live. It's often expensive, getting around can be difficult, traffic is awful, and safety can be a problem within a few blocks away. Yet, the city (and surrounding areas), house film and TV industry giants that make living here almost a necessity. Kym covers in a few pages what newcomers should know prior to arriving. As a native Californian, I can attest to the accuracy of the information.
Amusing, fascinating, informative...this book held my interest to the very end. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to make it as an actor in TV or film. Don't come to LA without first reading through The Hollywood Survival Guide For Actors. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.