Acting as a Business

Strategies for Success

Publisher: Vintage
An essential handbook for actors–a modern classic–in a newly updated edition.

Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with practical information–on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in agent’s office–including:

•How to craft a winning theatrical résumé
•The most effective ways to join the performer’s unions
•Tactics for getting an agent
•Strategies for finding work in the theater, on daytime television, and in independent films
•Navigating the different customs and cultures of New York and Los Angeles

O’Neil has updated Acting as a Business to keep up with the latest show-business trends, including how best to use the Internet, making this new edition no actor should be without.

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From Stage to Screen

 

Recently, I was invited to address the graduating class of a top conservatory training program for actors in New York City. I asked the group to give a few minutes of thought to where they would like to see themselves professionally in five years' time. Then I...

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PRAISE FOR

“O’Neil shares his business savvy in this slim, practical-minded actor’s guide that covers everything from approaching agents to assembling resumes.” —Entertainment Weekly

“This wonderful book not only helps demystify much of what is scary to the novice, it is also a wonderful refresher for veterans.... Calming and wise.” —Josh Radnor, star of How I Met Your Mother