An essential handbook for actors–a modern classic–in a newly updated edition.
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with practical information–on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in agent’s office–including:
•How to craft a winning theatrical résumé
•The most effective ways to join the performer’s unions
•Tactics for getting an agent
•Strategies for finding work in the theater, on daytime television, and in independent films
•Navigating the different customs and cultures of New York and Los Angeles
O’Neil has updated Acting as a Business to keep up with the latest show-business trends, including how best to use the Internet, making this new edition no actor should be without.
Brian O'Neil is a former talent agent and personal manager who has represented actors for theater, film, television, commercials and radio. As a talent representative, he was responsible for the career guidance and professional placement for hudreds of actors. Brian is the founder of Acting as a Business, a one-on-one career-consultation and career-coaching service for actors. He lives in New York City and is a frequent guest-lecturer at some of the nation's finest acting-training programs including The Yale School of Drama and The Juilliard School.
“O’Neil shares his business savvy in this slim, practical-minded actor’s guide that covers everything from approaching agents to assembling resumes.” —Entertainment Weekly
“This wonderful book not only helps demystify much of what is scary to the novice, it is also a wonderful refresher for veterans.... Calming and wise.” —Josh Radnor, star of How I Met Your Mother