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 chortle, you will cry • In-depth interviews with actors, brokers, casting administrators. during this hip, warts-and-all examine appearing, writer Jason Pugatch stocks his insights as a operating "day participant" to provide an unvarnished examine theater, movie, and tv: the way to be "discovered," what to anticipate from education courses, the grunt paintings of beginning a profession, tips on how to maintain going regardless of consistent rejection, and masses extra. jam-packed with myth-shattering anecdotes and advised in an fascinating own tone, performing Is a task is the behind the curtain advisor that each aspiring actor needs to read.

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Success was fleeting, and though I had done some bit parts on television and a commercial, career longevity was a long way off. I wondered if an MFA in acting from a recognized graduate program was a good idea, so I sought counsel from a former college professor. Expecting a conversation on the value of education, the art of acting, and the great skills I could inherit through study, I broached the subject of going back to school. My teacher’s response was pointed and simple. ” I am not a model.

Yet with hundreds of films in production, new media flourishing, and advertisers hiring actors for commercials in record numbers, one might say that things for the actor have never been better. Laundry isn’t hidden upon our arrival; gone are the days of infamia. But then a closer look reveals some cracks in the system. Where are our most prolific modern playwrights? Have they all gone the way of the screenwriter? Meanwhile, who is willing to take a risk on the many untested voices, and the actors who bring these voices to life in workshops that are never given full productions?

Ever since Andy Warhol’s proclamation about the universal fifteen minutes of fame, everyone thinks he is an actor, or at least that he can make a television appearance. Personalities sell ad space better than good acting does, and so reality television has taken up timeslots once devoted to half-hour comedies and hour dramas. Less work for the actor, more airtime for anyone willing to endure life on a reality show. Yet with hundreds of films in production, new media flourishing, and advertisers hiring actors for commercials in record numbers, one might say that things for the actor have never been better.

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