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Acting -- Make It Your Business: How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success As a Working Actor

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Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with tho ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Back Stage Books
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Russell's work is written from the perspective of one who knows well a range of roles in the industry, for he has worked for years as an actor, a director and as a casting director. He writes with compassion and insight, but doesn't spare reproach in his effort to help those of us seriously looking to succeed by improving our understanding of the business of acting, or to deter those who aren't ready or equipped to deal with its challenges. Keeping in mind that the book is geared more toward the ...more
I have to say that the best thing about this book is the fact it is recent and up to date. Other books of the same topic are very outdated and unhelpful. The moment I see a recommendation for black and white head-shots I know it is time to move on to the next book. Pauls' writing is very easy to comprehend and it is the only book I have found that talks about modern marketing for the actor, he even provides lite instruction on how to do some of the media marketing. The book is not without fault ...more
Great for the actor trying to learn the "business" aspects of the, well, business of acting. Russell has a lot of experience and wit to boot. There are lots of helpful scanned examples of resumes, headshots, cover letters, postcards, websites, etc., that professional performers need to stay current and get their name seen by casting directors and agents. My only criticism is that it is already a little dated, as is evident by some of the examples. It lives up to its subtitle, though: it helps yo ...more
I found this book to be quite interesting and I believe it will be useful. However one must note that while it is applicable to all actors, when you get to the nitty gritty, the largest focus on this book is on Stage actors and representation of this group. The book does go into all of the others, but the primary focus is Stage and the NY area.

It was written after web sites became the norm, but before the current social media scene as well as the latest Web series scene.
Hugely helpful. Full of great ideas and strategies delivered with a refreshing dose of humor.
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Paul Russell is an award-winning casting director, director, and former actor with a career in entertainment that has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros), television networks (NBC, CBS, HBO), Broadway, and at TONY award-winning theaters.

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