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Download e-book for iPad: Acting Is a Job: Real Life Lessons about the Acting Business by Jason Pugatch

By Jason Pugatch

ISBN-10: 1581154380

ISBN-13: 9781581154382

How to deal with the realities of existence as an actor—if you don’t chuckle, you are going to cry • In-depth interviews with actors, brokers, casting administrators. during this hip, warts-and-all examine performing, writer Jason Pugatch stocks his insights as a operating "day participant" to provide an unvarnished examine theater, movie, and tv: easy methods to be "discovered," what to anticipate from education courses, the grunt paintings of beginning a profession, how one can preserve going regardless of consistent rejection, and lots more and plenty extra. full of myth-shattering anecdotes and advised in an exciting own tone, appearing Is a role is the behind the scenes advisor that each aspiring actor needs to read.

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Actors are: A. Lazy B. Dumb C. Overpaid for their work D. Waiters Well, you can’t win ’em all. Certainly some actors have no training, some have no talent, some are stupid, and some of them make a lot of money. You could probably cross out my laundry list of prerequisites, with the exception of luck and endurance, and have an accurate accounting of the necessary skills an actor must have. Luck and endurance are the two most important factors in an acting career. There’s another buzzword. Career.

Each new generation of actors, and the general public they entertain, has no idea of the actual happenings in an actor’s daily life. Sure, everyone knows that acting is hard, but do they know about twenty-hour days filled with temping, ramen soup lunches, and late-night rehearsals in unheated East Village studios? Have they heard what an audition is really like? How come my son didn’t get that commercial, they wonder. Why did my daughter move from Houston to New York only to get a job back in Houston?

Two thousand, five hundred and forty years, to be precise. The general frustrations of the profession are nothing new. Financial strife, poor societal standing, endless travel to other regions, and the celebrity factor were not invented by griping unions, background players, and People magazine. The sordid history of the actor is one large pile of precedent, a warning for all who will follow: You want to live in the fringes society, be our guest—just don’t expect us to care when the curtain goes down.

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