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The actor's survival guide: how to make your way in Hollywood

The actor's survival guide: how to make your way in Hollywood

Robbins, Jon S., author

Robbins offers a business-centred road map through the pitfalls and wrong turns that derail too many promising careers and frustrate even the most dedicated of actors, and, for those who have the skills and determination to persevere, provides an extra competitive edge of experience and know-how. The Actor's Survival Guide: How to Make Your Way in Hollywood is a handbook and essential guide to the business of living and working as an actor in the Los Angeles area. Exploring the experience of relocating to L.A.; the casting process; and how to identify - and find work with - the key players in the film and television industry, the book offers a business-centered road map through the industry. It seeks to navigate the challenges and identify the pitfalls and wrong-turns that hinder too many promising careers and frustrate even the most dedicated of actors. In doing so, the book seeks to provide an extra-competitive edge of experience and know-how for those actors who have the skills and determination to persevere. This second edition features a number of new sections and topics including: Recent census data for the Los Angeles County Neighborhood Statistics Updates on casting diversity with the most recent SAG/AFTRA data Changes in contracts for film, television and stage, including information on AEA's new Hollywood Equity Waiver policy Details on new contracts for film, television and new media; ongoing contract negotiations for video game content; and the ramifications of the SAG/AFTRA merger The role of computer-generated images (CGI) and motion capture (MOCAP) Renewed emphasis on set safety, especially for stunt performers Audition workshops Recent prosecutions of casting directors for "Pay for Play" violations Emerging role of social media in an actor's marketing strategy Dos and don'ts of video self-taping of auditions Expanded glossary to include new media and performance capture vocabulary Written from the perspective of working actor and experienced career-guidance teacher Jon S. Robbins, this unique guide will help aspiring actors bridge the gap between training in drama schools and working in the epicentre of the film and television industries

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Second edition.
Published London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Jon S. Robbins
ISBN: 1350039365, 9781350039360
Note: Previous edition: New York; London: Continuum, 2008.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 224 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Motion picture acting Vocational guidance California Los Angeles.; Performing Arts.; Films, cinema; Individual actors & performers; Acting techniques
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350039377


  1. 1. Moving to Los Angeles - "Simple Is as Simple Does+?
  2. Why a 'business plan'?
  3. What to do to prepare /What not to do
  4. What to bring/What not to bring
  5. Common mistakes
  6. 2. Living in Los Angeles
  7. The Neighborhoods
  8. Hollywood or the Beach?
  9. NoHo or Burbank?
  10. West Hollywood or Silverlake?
  11. Employment vs Entrepreneurship
  12. 3. Surviving in Los Angeles
  13. Developing a Business Plan for Success
  14. Employment
  15. Actor's survival jobs
  16. Housing
  17. Rentals and Roommates
  18. Cost
  19. Alternatives - Roommate Services
  20. Exchange for service
  21. Artist Communes
  22. What do you really need as a living space?
  23. Transportation
  24. Cars vs. buses.or a subway?
  25. 4. The Business of Acting
  26. The Buyers
  27. Studios vs Netflix - Internet streaming
  28. Internet Television
  29. International players
  30. Mobile downloading
  31. The Gaming Industry
  32. The Sellers
  33. What's the Product - You!
  34. The cost of illegal downloading
  35. 5. Marketing Tools
  36. Headshot - Theatrical vs. Commercial
  37. Photographers - How to prepare for the photo shoot.
  38. Resume
  39. What to include/What not to include
  40. Photo Cards
  41. Actor's Reel
  42. Personal Website/ Podcasts
  43. IMDb
  44. 6. Talent Agents and Personal Managers
  45. What is the difference
  46. Theatrical/Commercial
  47. SAG Franchised?
  48. 7. Unions
  49. Who are they?
  50. SAG
  51. AFTRA
  52. EQUITY
  53. AGVA
  54. How do I join a union?
  55. What will it do for me?
  56. 8. Film and Television Casting
  57. Breakdowns
  58. Submissions
  59. Hard Copy Photos
  60. Electronic Casting
  61. Drop-Off Services
  62. Auditions
  63. Casting Directors
  64. Film/Television/Commercial/Stage
  65. Wardrobe Clothing
  66. The Reading
  67. Sides
  68. cold read
  69. improvisation
  70. Slated/dry read
  71. The Callback
  72. The Booking
  73. 9. Contracts
  74. Contract Specifics
  75. Types of Contracts
  76. theatrical
  77. television
  78. commercials
  79. interactive
  80. new media and
  81. corporate/educational
  82. background
  83. Other Legal Agreements
  84. 10. Working (Union vs. Non)
  85. Film
  86. Experimental
  87. Student
  88. Waiver
  89. Television/Episodic
  90. Comedy
  91. Drama
  92. Reality
  93. Commercials
  94. Music Videos
  95. Industrial/Infomercial
  96. Stage
  97. Atmosphere (Background Extra)
  98. Ethical Concerns
  99. Safety Concerns
  100. 11. Bookkeeping
  101. What is IRS deductible?
  102. Mileage
  103. Postage
  104. Training
  105. Marketing materials
  106. Keep Receipts - Per Diem/Travel
  107. Continuing Education
  108. Acting classes
  109. Casting Workshops
  110. Showcasing
  111. Physical Training
  112. Improvisation