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Author Dunmore, Simon

Title An Actor''s Guide to Getting Work
Edition 5th ed
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012


Description 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1: If you really want to be a professional actor; Those of school age; School-leavers; The mature entrant to the profession; Preliminary training; Full-time training; Choices; Some fundamental considerations; Early preparations; A drama school applicant's toolkit; 'What are audition panels looking for?'; 2: Applying for training -- the details; The paperwork; Audition speeches; Rehearsing your speeches; Some practical considerations; Performing your speeches; Audition songs; Selecting and preparing your songs; Performing your songs
Dance auditionsMovement, improvisations and self-devised audition pieces; Sight-readings in drama school auditions; Interviews; Audition days; After your auditions; If you get a place; Reserve/waiting lists; Funding your training; If you don't get a place; Summary; 3: The training; Being at drama school; Your first public appearances; Your first professional steps . . .; Early work (and the lack of it); An actor's toolkit; Slog; 4: Equity and Spotlight; Equity; Spotlight; 5: Directors, producers, agents and casting directors; Who's who in casting; Directors; Producers; Casting directors
The mechanics of castingOther issues; Agents; Finding an agent; Working with an agent; Co-operative agencies; Final thought; 6: Your promotional material; Letters, CVs and photographs; Some pitfalls to watch out for in your letters; Writing good letters; Some pitfalls to watch out for in your CV; Creating a good CV; Some pitfalls to watch out for in your photographs; Getting good photographs; Other things to think about before sealing the envelope/pressing the send button; Targeting your submissions; The following correspondence or lack of it; Other promotional material
Business cards and postcardsShowreels; Voicereels; Recording your voicereel; Personal websites; Additional internet promotional opportunities; Final note; 7: The casting point: inter viewing and auditioning; Interviews; Preparations for an interview; Some things to consider on the day; Pre-interview checklist; A few final notes . . .; Sight-readings; In advance; Textual details; On the day; In the room; Additional considerations for television, commercials and films; Television interviews; Commercial castings; Films; Digital acting opportunities; 8: Low-pay/no-pay 'work'; Fringe theatre
Setting up your own productionSetting up your own company; The Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Showcases; Low budget films; Summary; 9: Other forms of acting income; Role-playing; Presenting at trade shows and business conferences; Enhancing the business-person's presentation and communication skills; Getting work in these fields; Role-play companies; 10: Professionalism: the business of being an actor; Organisation of interviews/auditions/castings; Casting information; You!; Professional public relations; Public relations while working; Essential professionalism; Some additional thoughts
Summary ''Essential reading for any young actor'' Dame Maggie Smith Competition for acting work is fierce and talent is not necessarily enough. Actors need all the help they can get with all aspects of the profession. Now in its fifth edition, completely revised and updated, this practical, comprehensive guide contains invaluable information and advice to enable actors to succeed in the business. Written with honesty, humour and thoroughness, An Actor''s Guide to Getting Work draws on the author''s rich experience in the field to offer advice to both the novice and the seasoned performer. New material
Notes Two theories
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-237) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Acting -- Vocational guidance.
Acting -- Vocational guidance -- Great Britain
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- General.
Acting -- Vocational guidance.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781408151730