The Actor's Survival Guide
Published by Methuen
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, this 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:
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
Renewed emphasis on set safety, especially for stunt performers
Emerging role of social media in an actor's marketing strategy
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
Hugely comprehensive, The Actor's Survival Guide offers everything you need to know:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Moving to Los Angeles "Simple Is as Simple Does"
Why a 'business plan'?
What to do to prepare /What not to do
What to bring/What not to bring
2. Living in Los Angeles
Hollywood or the Beach?
NoHo or Burbank?
West Hollywood or Silverlake?
Employment vs Entrepreneurship
3. Surviving in Los Angeles
Developing a Business Plan for Success
Actor's survival jobs
Rentals and Roommates
Alternatives - Roommate Services
Exchange for service
What do you really need as a living space?
Cars vs. busesor a subway?
4. The Business of Acting
Studios vs Netflix Internet streaming
The Gaming Industry
What's the Product - You!
The cost of illegal downloading
5. Marketing Tools
Headshot - Theatrical vs. Commercial
Photographers How to prepare for the photo shoot
Resume - What to include/What not to include
Personal Website/ Podcasts
6. Talent Agents and Personal Managers
What is the difference
Who are they?
How do I join a union?
What will it do for me?
8. Film and Television Casting
Hard Copy Photos
Types of Contracts - theatrical, television, commercials, interactive
New media and corporate/educational
Other Legal Agreements
10. Working (Union vs. Non)
Music Videos Industrial/Infomercial
Atmosphere (Background Extra)
What is IRS deductible?
Keep Receipts - Per Diem/Travel