How to Act and Eat at the Same Time: the Sequel The Do's and Don'ts of Landing a Professional Acting Job

ISBN-10: 0879109912

ISBN-13: 9780879109912

Edition: 2003

Authors: Tom Logan

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Everything an aspiring actor needs to know about the business of finding employment. "I thought Tom Logan had written the perfect exploration of acting and eating when he wrote this book. But the new updated and expanded version makes it even more vital to the newcome's library. It remains a pragmatic and knowledgeable examination of the basic problem actors face: how to act and eat at the same time. He explores the ramifications of this basic dilemma with wit and knowledge." -Charlton Heston "Tom Logan's book, if you really listen to him, can help you through years of productivity. He writes with a sense of humor and knowledge of the fundamentals that are so important - especially to the beginner." -Lucille Ball "FIVE STARS! This book has everything - knowledge, humor, and incredible accuracy. Don't go to another audition before you read it." -Richard Bare, Oscar-nominated director
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 7/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

The Don'ts
Don't Apologize
Who Actually Casts the Show?
The Many Ways Actors Apologize
Don't Beg
"The Speech"
Gimmicks Equal Begging
Don't Lie to Us--That's Begging!
The Beverly Theory
Would I Hire a Beggar?
Sob Stories
The Dreadful Question
Don't Be Impolite
"Crashing" an Audition
Don't Hang Around the Audition So We Can Tell You How Good or Bad You Were
Time Spent in the Audition Means Nothing
Directors Bargain Roles
Leaving the Audition Room
Don't Ask Us What We're Looking For
Other Questions You Shouldn't Ask
Questions You Should Ask
Obtaining Information About the Character
Don't Put Down Another Actor in the Audition
What to Do with an Inexperienced Partner
"Dissing" Your Agent
"Dissing" the Script
Copping an Attitude
Upstaging Your Fellow Actors
Don't Audition in Clothes That Would Embarrass the Family Doctor
What You Shouldn't Wear
What You Should Wear
Don't Come into the Audition Playing the Part
Taking Direction
Don't Play the Extremes
Getting Personal
Playing Your Personality
The "Purist" Actor
Don't Get Too Nervous
Why You Get Nervous
Is the Room Full of Experts?
Owing Favors
The Importance of Training
The "Waiting Room" Competition
Reality Check
The Do's
Do Get Professional Photos
What Is the Purpose of a Photo (to a Director)?
Finding the Right Photographer
The Types of Photos You Will Need
Printing Your Name on the Photos
Meeting the Photographer
When to Shoot Your Photos
Color or Black-and-White?
Out-of-Date Photos
Personality in Photos
Should You Use Makeup?
Should You Retouch Your Photos?
Photo Wardrobe
Revealing Your Face
What About Glasses?
Photo Backgrounds
Where to Focus Your Eyes
Hiding Weight (or Anything Else)
What About Borders?
Product Names
What Separates a Good Photo From a Bad One?
Reproducing Your Photos
Do Compose a Good Resume
The Purpose of the Resume (to a Director)
Contact Information
Listing of Unions
Your Age
Height, Weight, Eyes, Hair
Film Credits
Television Credits
Stage Roles
Theatrical Training
Special Abilities
Writing Cute Things About Yourself
Local Awards
Order of Credits
"Extra" Credits
"Extra" Work
What to Do with Your Resume
Do Obtain the Best Agent Possible
What an Agent Can (and Can't) Do for You
Who to Contact for Representation
Determining Which Agents to Contact
Helpful Publications
Contacting the Agents
Should You "Drop by" Agents' Offices?
The SAG Conservatory
Performing in Showcase Plays/Workshops
Keep Trying!
Big vs. Small Agent
The Importance and the Role of the Acting Unions
On Union Affiliation
Submitting Film on Yourself
Do Come Prepared for Your Meeting with the Agent
How to Dress
Be on Time
What to Bring
The Chitchat Session
Do Have the Best Possible Working Relationship with Your Agent
Agency Contracts
Escape Clauses
One Agent or More?
Actor/Agent Relationships
Is Your Agent Working for You?
Leaving an Agent
Do Understand the Entire Casting Process
TV and Film
Non-Union Productions
Union Productions
Types of Equity Productions
Equity Principal Auditions
Food for Thought
Do Pursue Acting in Commercials
The Bucks
Getting into Commercial Auditions
During the Audition
Commercial Callbacks
Unions and Commercials
Obtaining a Voice-Over Agent
That's a Wrap
A Good Attitude
"Character" Does Count
Final Words
List of Websites
List of SAG Offices
List of AFTRA Offices
List Of Equity Offices
Eligibility Requirements for Joining SAG
AEA Membership Information and Procedures
Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) Program
About the Author
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