256 pages | 34 B/W Illus.
Acting for the Screen is a collection of essays written by and interviews with working actors, producers, directors, casting directors, and acting professors, exploring the business side of screen acting.
In this book, over thirty show business professionals dispel myths about the industry and provide practical advice on topics such as how to break into the field, how to develop, nurture, and navigate business relationships, and how to do creative work under pressure. Readers will also learn about the entrepreneurial expectations in relation to the internet and social media, strategies for contending with the emotional highs and lows of acting, and money management while pursuing acting as a profession.
Written for undergraduates and graduates studying Acting for Screen, aspiring professional actors, and working actors looking to reinvent themselves, Acting for the Screen provides readers with a wealth of first-hand information that will help them create their own opportunities and pursue a career in show business.
1. Getting Started
Moving Towards a Career: Some Basics
A Q&A with Grant Kretchik
Is This Path Right for You?
What Is My Actor Readiness? A Self-evaluation by Peter Cocuzza
Training. Determination. Organization. A NY Acting Teacher’s Perspective
Getting Started by John Howard Swain
Before College, If College: Where Do I Start?
It Starts with a Dream… by Judith Patterson
A Talent Manager’s Guide to Distinguishing Your Work
Initiating a Sustained Connection to Your Character by Marilyn Atlas
2. Sticking It Out
Growing a Successful Business Called YOU
Be the CEO of Actor, Inc. by Gilli Messer
A Series Regular Shares Her Journey
Welcome to the Numbers Game by Shalita Grant
A Veteran Shares What Got Her and Keeps Her Still Doing It
A Q&A with Anne DeSalvo
Keeping Centered: Even When Things Aren’t Going Your Way
Against the Odds by Robert McCracken
Making the Most When Someone Gives You a Chance
A Q&A with Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
A Casting Director, Industry Coach & Show Biz Author Knows What It Takes to Stick it Out
When to Hire a Coach by Bonnie Gillespie
Everything You Need to Know About Social Media
A Q&A with Ben Whitehair
3. Finding Success
A Director’s Perspective
A Q&A with Andy Wolk
About an Actor Who Works on Both Coasts…and Lives on Neither
A Q&A with Josh Cooke
Maintaining and Growing Your Career
Finding Success by Jason George
He Acts, He Writes, He Directs: Four Decades of Wisdom
A Q&A with Ruben Santiago-Hudson
A Better Way She Accomplishes Her Lifelong Dream
Redefining Success by Tania Gunadi
He Does it All…Including Audiobook Narration
A Q&A with Ron Butler
4. Getting Ahead
All About Commercials
A Conversation with Aaron Takahashi and Isabella Way
Taking Charge and Creating Your Own Work
Self-Producing by Phil Kaufmann
Reality! From Her Little Harry Potter Studio Below Her Basement Stairs
Get a Life! by Marsha Mercant
Deaf Actors Need to Be Heard
A Conversation with Suanne Spoke and Shoshannah Stern
Actor. Entertainer. Crossdresser. Author. Social Media Sensation
A Q&A with Willam Belli
Sketch Comedy to Series Regular
My Biggest Leap by Kirstin Eggers
5. Starting Again
San Fransisco: A Smaller Kinder Market
Bay Area Bound by Catherine MacNeal
Teaching Film School…Everything He Knows from Acting, Editing, and Cinematography
Branching Out…(not standing still) by Charles Dougherty
From Acting to Writing and Beyond
A Q&A with Liz Vassey
Acting Can Lead to Advocacy
A Q&A with Nanci Christopher
Falling in Love with Directing
Backstory by Toni Kalem
She Wants to Direct Commercials
A Q&A with Katie Enright
The View from a Chief Creative Officer’s Chair
A Q&A with Alet Taylor
PERFORM is an easy-to-read series for undergraduate and graduate students that professors across disciplines in the arts can use to accompany their primary textbooks. The books are encouraging in tone and detail what it takes to perform creatively and financially in the specific fields. The series serves as a career development tool to help students understand the various vocational possibilities in the discipline they’re studying, whether it be theater, film, music, visual arts, or design.
How we make a living as artists can be a bit of a mystery, particularly to students who are just beginning to learn the craft of their field. This series offers practical, real-world discussions about how people go about the business of getting paid to be artists. Each book includes essays by and interviews with working artists (writers, directors, actors, stage managers, cinematographers, editors) as well as the people these artists interact with in the field (show runners, development executives, producers, agents, casting directors). The books also includes essays by prominent professors, profiling specific artists and their journeys to success, as well as some of the lesser-known difficulties artists face in their fields and the perseverance and successes of marginalized groups.
The range of perspectives in each book offers a broad but detailed view of the industry and varying career tracks within it, ultimately bolstering readers’ confidence that they have a solid understanding of what it takes achieve creative and financial success with their art—in other words, what it takes to make a living as an artist.