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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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There's a wealth of information in here, 350+ pages of honest advice, and something to take out of it whether it's your first year in the Hollywood game or your 10th (I'm somewhere in the middle of that). The book also provides insight into to the mechanics of film and TV production, and gives the reader an appreciation of the processes that go on behind the scenes - leading up to and the moment after an actor hears the words "ACTION".
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 Most of the books I've read preach about outdated information such as Meisner Technique & Tennessee Williams, and swear that all "working actors" are in fact "sell outs".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!
Kym Jackson has succinctly and efficiently placed all of the knowledge that a new actor in Los Angeles needs in one very easy to read book that covers everything from moving to L.A. to booking the job. I have often run into people that are ready to tell you "how it is" in Hollywood but never have I read something that I both agreed with and was able to learn something new from.
This isn't a book you just read and put down, it is a resource. The chapters are laid out in an easy flow that makes sense as you go along. I found myself trying to come up with questions rookies might ask as I went through it. Each time it felt like the next chapter was answer to at least one of those questions with the remainder not far behind.
The best part about this book is that it is CURRENT. When I first started acting in the 80's this business was very different and I've seen more change in the last five years than in the last thirty combined! All of the information in this book is up to date and looks to remain relevant for years to come.
It is a book I recommend to my acting students and one that I would recommend to any one even thinking of giving L.A. a try as an actor.
Get it, read it. You'll be happy you did.