For any actor in or on the way to New York City, this is the definitive source for advice, winning strategies, marketing techniques, and invaluable insights to being a successful New York actor. Aspiring and established professionals will find this thorough and up-to-the-minute volume chock full of resources and advice about auditioning, making professional connections, promoting one's self, seeking opportunities in nontraditional venues, finding an apartment, securing "survival jobs," understanding actor unions, getting headshots, and furthering one's actor training in New York. This guide also details working as a film extra, careers in print modeling, scams and rip-offs to avoid, opportunities for actors with disabilities, and using the Internet to the fullest advantage. Included are in-depth interviews with legendary show business figures such as actor Henry Winkler, casting director Juliet Taylor, and theater director Joseph Chaikin as well top talents from the fields of film, television, stage, commercials, and talent agencies. Written by a professional New York actor with over thirty years of experience, this meticulously researched guide will give actors the tools they need to survive and thrive in New York show business.Book News
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
Alterman, a playwright, actor, print model, and monologue/audition coach who lives in New York City, takes beginning actors through the process of starting a career in New York City. He explains how to choose between New York and Los Angeles, understand neighborhoods and safety, and find a place to live, then discusses acting schools, headshots, résumés, auditions, reels, and marketing. Subsequent sections address networking, unions, talent agents, managers, casting directors, and types of theater, voice-over, commercial, film, modeling, and other jobs, and issues like scams, actors with disabilities, and appropriate behavior. This edition has been updated to integrate new tips on how to use the Internet, including a section on creating a website. It also has new interviews with actors, directors, teachers, and other professionals including Julie Taylor, Joseph Chaikin, André de Shields, and Henry Winkler. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)