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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.
When this book showed up I felt like I was at a stand still. I want to get out of Baltimore and take my talents to LA but didnt know where to start. No one ever told me that trying to get help can sometimes be like pulling teeth, or even worst, trying to get information on auditioning in LA is almost like a secret society. This book is now my new acting bible! I take it everywhere!
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! You wont regret it!
I am adjsuting my resume. Updating my headshot, and have added myself to Jeremy Gordon's Facebook groups and follow him on Twitter.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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 Most of the books I've read preach about outdated information such as Meisner Technique & Tennessee Williams, and swear that all "working actors" are in fact "sell outs".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!