Acting Is a Job: Real Life Lessons about the Acting Business by Jason Pugatch

By Jason Pugatch

How to deal with the realities of existence as an actor—if you don’t giggle, you will cry • In-depth interviews with actors, brokers, casting administrators. during this hip, warts-and-all examine performing, writer Jason Pugatch stocks his insights as a operating "day participant" to provide an unvarnished examine theater, movie, and tv: the best way to be "discovered," what to anticipate from education courses, the grunt paintings of beginning a occupation, tips to retain going regardless of consistent rejection, and lots more and plenty extra. filled with myth-shattering anecdotes and informed in an interesting own tone, performing Is a role is the behind the scenes consultant that each aspiring actor needs to read.

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Later, they corner you to get you talking about acting. ” “That’s right,” you respond. “Oooh. ” My disdain for this question cannot be measured. I have been asked it on countless occasions and have yet to understand what it means. There is a general misperception in the world that actors have the choice of specifying fields. Only actors with network offers, soap contracts, and movie deals have this luxury. ” asks whether you do theater, film, or television, implying that you have some input in the matter.

We anxiously awaited the interpretation. What deep secret was about to span the generational divide? What performance nut would be cracked today? What did our master decree? ” Fast-forward two years. MFA in hand, New York showcase complete, I’m fortunate enough to be taking agent meetings in New York. At one, I sit down with a woman whom I had met prior to school. I remembered this; she did not. Her pitch to me—and she did not stop talking our entire time together—was that she could take someone off the street, any good-looking young someone, and make him a star.

And so our man, or woman, sits down on the futon couch doubling as a bed, a stack of monologue books piled high, and this week’s Backstage waiting to be circled in red pen. What will the future hold? The history of the actor is about to march forward. And so we begin. * Mendel Kohansky, The Disreputable Profession: The Actor in Society (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1984). Kohansky’s research is cited throughout this chapter. * Adrian Cairns, The Making of the Professional Actor: A2 History, an Analysis and a Prediction (London: Peter Owen, 1996).

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