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Working actor : breaking in, making a living, and making a life in the fabulous trenches of show business

Author: David Bottrell
Publisher: California ; New York : Ten Speed Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Veteran character actor David Dean Bottrell draws on his 35+ tumultuous years of work in the entertainment industry to offer a guide to breaking in, making a living, and making a life in the fabulous trenches of show business. In Working Actor, Bottrell offers a how-to manual jammed with practical information and insider advice, essential reading for any artist (aspiring or established) in need of insight or  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bottrell, David, author.
Working actor
New York : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018060655
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bottrell
ISBN: 9780399581908 0399581901
OCLC Number: 1080249412
Description: 232 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The big question: should I do this with my life? --
They say the neon lights are bright: starting in New York --
Welcome to the Hotel California: starting in Los Angeles --
Money matters: especially at the outset --
Ignorance is bliss: everybody starts somewhere --
A class act: where to study --
Picture this: capturing the perfect headshot --
The friend zone: starting your network --
Perfect strangers: what is an agent? --
The dating game: how to find an agent --
A particular courage: becoming employable --
Role call: the wonderful world of auditions --
Liftoff: the first gig! --
Labor day: joining the union(s) --
The discovery channel: who exactly are you? --
Money matters: once you've started to work --
Up in my business: paying the bills --
Crazy is as crazy does: working with interesting people --
Happy medium: the difference between stage and screen --
How bad could it be? the fine art of writing horribly --
Star of David: the elusive fifteen minutes of fame --
And speaking of me: self-promotion --
Scheduled maintenance: keeping it together --
Money matters: mid-career considerations --
The turn signal: how and when to change lanes --
Lucky you: the science of getting a break --
People who need people: navigating relationships --
Death by resume: jealousy and competitiveness --
Roadside assistance: asking for and accepting help --
Exit strategy: when to get out --
Just past famous: late bloomers --
Border crossings: the new frontier --
Burning questions: FAQ from the freshly launched.
Responsibility: David Dean Bottrell.

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"Veteran character actor David Dean Bottrell draws on his 35+ tumultuous years of work in the entertainment industry to offer a guide to breaking in, making a living, and making a life in the fabulous trenches of show business. In Working Actor, Bottrell offers a how-to manual jammed with practical information and insider advice, essential reading for any artist (aspiring or established) in need of insight or inspiration. Mixing prescriptive advice ('Getting Started,' 'Learning Your Craft,' 'Finding an Agent') with wisdom drawn from Bottrell's own professional highs and lows and those of his acting compatriots, this book's humorous, tell-it-like-it-is tone provides career advice in a modern form perfect for today's up-and-coming actors"--

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