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1st Edition

Acting for the Screen

ISBN 9781138311640
Published July 29, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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A two-time Emmy award-winner, Mary Lou Belli has been directing television for over 20 years, with credits including NCIS New Orleans, Bull, Station 19, Monk, Legacies, and Dynasty. She is the Co-chair of the Women’s Steering Committee at the DGA, where she also serves on the Western Director’s Council and the Leadership Council PAC. Mary Lou is an Honorary Board member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Media, and a long-time member of Women in Film.