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An Agent Tells All
Tony Martinez

'An Agent Tells All' is an uncensored look at the business of acting from the perspective of a working Hollywood agent. There is no other book on the market written by someone who is currently employed as an agent. In a frank and humorous tone, Tony Martinez lays out a detailed business plan to help actors achieve their goals. Some of the topics covered include: Tools of the Trade The Right Way to Get an Agent How a Meeting Can Go Horribly Wrong The Secret to Being a Good Client Do You Really Need A Manager? The Truth About Pilot Season It's time to stop listening to all the wrong people. 'An Agent Tells All' is the one book you need to take charge of your acting career.
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Acting For Film

Acting For Film
by Mel Churcher

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Mel Churcher has the distinct advantage of extensive personal experience and has produced a quarry of useful tips and resources.
Why do some actors compel our attention on the screen while others never catch our imaginations? What makes film acting different from acting on stage or TV? This book is a guide designed for actors already working in film, for those who want to, as well as for directors, teachers and anyone interested in film acting. The majority of young actors have ambitions to succeed in the motion picture industry. But how do you do it? The author uses her wide experience as an acting and voice coach on major movies to offer insights into the film acting process. She provides tasks, techniques and tips that are designed specifically for film - there's advice to make the first-time film actor feel at home on set, tips on the casting process, how to cope with auditions, on-camera techniques, schedules and shooting order, as well as specific advice from film crews to help an actor's performance. This practical workbook combines exercises and anecdotes in an informal and accessible style, making it a useful guide for anyone wishing to light up the silver screen.
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Actor Prepares

An Actor Prepares...To Live in New York City: How to Live Like a Star Before You Become One
by Craig Wroe

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A Guide For Actors, and Everyone Else, To Getting The Best For Less and Surviving, Thriving and Living The Good Life in the Big Apple. Here is the ultimate guidebook for the hordes of aspiring young performers who arrive in the Big City determined to climb the ladder to stardom. But the purpose of Craig Wroe, an actor himself, is not to provide instruction on how to refine acting, singing or dancing talents or how to land a job in the chorus of The Producers. Plenty of other books do that. His aim is far broader–to help you survive in the crowded, frantic, expensive maelstrom that is New York. From finding a decent, reasonably inexpensive place to live to finding competent, reasonably inexpensive dental care, from getting computer training to organize your day-to-day existence to joining a gym to harden your body, from eating well to dressing better–all on a tight budget–there is virtually no aspect of life in New York that is not covered in this book. And it not only names names; it gives addresses and phone numbers as well. And keep in mind that newly-arrived lawyers, accountants, models, writers–you name them–need these things too.
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Acting Is Everything

Acting Is Everything: An Actor's Guidebook for a Successful Career in Los Angeles
by Judy Kerr

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This really is the ultimate guidebook for actors who are determined to initiate and sustain a successful acting career in Los Angeles or in their hometowns. Filled with practical advice, Acting Is Everything helps beginners avoid scams so they can get down to the business of getting work. Written by a renowned acting coach, it helps actors do it right the first time-saving them time, money and heartache. Enlisting the thoughts and advice of many Hollywood insiders, Kerr teaches actors to approach acting as an art, a business and a career, and gives them the tools to succeed in all three areas. Kerr's essential book covers it all, including : Developing your talent, Breaking into the biz, Places to work as an actor, Career team, Career tools, Personal tools: style and image, Acting in everything, Child actors, Becoming geographically desirable.
Drawing upon more than twenty years in the business, Kerr gives actors the resources they need to make it. From headshots to fake cigarettes, from changing one's name to that great plastic surgeon-it's all in this book. Filled with invaluable lessons, this book is like eavesdropping at all the right Hollywood parties. The author's hands-on experience as an acting coach, actress, dialogue coach and producer comes to life on the pages of this essential book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Free To Act

Free to Act: An Integrated Approach to Acting, Second Edition
by Mira Felner, John A. Van de Walle

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Free to Act presents a holistic approach to actor training that integrates physical and psychological technique. This text makes the complexities of acting intelligible and accessible to the beginning actor through its system of more than 150 progressively developed exercises with guides for self-analysis and journal entries. Its integrated approach emphasizes the idea that the body informs the mind and that emotion is rooted in physical action. Providing a carefully developed system of training, Free to Act guides the student-actor through the complex process by which an actor is formed.
Features: Includes 153 in-chapter exercises accompanied by guides for self-analysis, enabling students to integrate intellectual understanding with experiential knowledge. Illustrates difficult exercises and concepts with exercise photos and line drawings throughout the text. Offers guides to keeping an acting journal, enabling students to better understand and integrate experiential material Offers guides to criticizing peer work in class in order to develop a thinking actor and create a positive classroom atmosphere. Features production photos to illustrate techniques in performance. Demonstrates text analysis for action and intention with a sample scored scene in Chapter 12.
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Acting the First Six Lessons

Acting: The First Six Lessons.
by Richard Boleslavski, Richard Boleslavsky, Edith J. R. Isaacs (Introduction)

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For actors by an actor of rare subtlety and imagination; for directors by a brilliant versatile director. Richard Boleslavsky's knowledge of the theatre was based on wide experience. A member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of its First Studio, he worked in Russia, Germany and America as actor, director and teacher. On Broadway, he produced plays and musical comedies and he was a leading Hollywood director.
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Accents Manuel for Actors

Accents: A Manual for Actors
by Robert Blumenfeld

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Now in a fully revised and expanded new edition, Accents: A Manual For Actors by professional actor and dialect coach Robert Bluemfeld is a 425 page compendium of detailed and "student friendly" instruction for actors seeking to learn how to perform their lines in anyone of more than a hundred different dialects. Superbly organized into nine broad categories (The British Island and Commonwealth; North America; Romance Languages; Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages; Miscellaneous European; Middle Eastern; African; and Asian), each individual section provides an intensive breakdown of the accents found within the broader category. Enhanced with two accompanying CD discs, Accents is a complete and highly recommended single volume course which will prove to be an invaluable addition to any personal, professional, community theater, or school theater department's reference collection.
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