Acting Professionally: Raw Facts About Careers in Acting

'Everybody wants to get into the act' said the old-time comic Jimmy Durante, but the fact is that becoming a professional actor requires a lot more than just the desire to break into the business. A clear understanding of how acting careers are built and the specific way that actors must position themselves in a professional environment overseen by directors, agents, casting directors and acting unions is essential to all would-be actors. Acting Professionally will steer you through this hugely competitive industry in the U.S., offering wise advice on everything from writing a successful resume to finding yourself an agent.

The leading book in its field since its first edition in 1972, Acting Professionally 7th Edition is now fully updated, with the addition of co-author James Calleri (of Calleri Casting), and a new section on digital and web-based casting procedures. With comprehensive coverage of the new technologies of internet-transmitted performance videos, website casting, and electronic submissions, Acting Professionally will help you to create and sustain an acting career in the twenty-first century.

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By Kendra (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · December 28, 2011
Writing in a frank and earnest tone, the authors give interesting and valuable device to the burgeoning actor. At times, however, it feels very repetitive, many of the anecdotes were uncredited (which hints of a lack of credibility, even if it's true) and there are grammar and typographical error... ...more
By HufflepuffsLoyalty (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · April 04, 2013
While I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, the book had a lot of great tips. ...more