Interested in TV, Film or Theater? This book list is for you.
Actor’s Guide (An) – Making It in New York City – Glenn Alterman
Actor’s Guide (An) – Making It in New York City
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. This book is available from the website listed below.
Actor’s Guide (An): Your First Year in Hollywood (3rd Edition) – Michael Saint Nicholas
Actor’s Guide (An): Your First Year in Hollywood (3rd Edition)
This book reveals not only how to survive your first year in Hollywood, but also how to keep your finances, acting skills, and even your health and well-being on the right track. You’ll discover how to find a place to live and a job to pay the bills, work as an extra, get an appropriate headshot, put together a professional résumé, ace the audition, acquire a SAG card, snag a top-notch agent, handle contracts and prepared once you land the part. Top industry professionals and successful actors provide detailed, first-hand advice and the thorough appendixes make contacting agents, studios, soap operas, and game shows a breeze. This book is available from the website listed below.
Actor’s Other Career Book (The): Using Your Chops to Survive and Thrive – Lisa Mulcahy
Actor’s Other Career Book (The): Using Your Chops to Survive and Thrive
This indispensable guide shows actors how to think outside the box to seek out and take advantage of jobs in a wide range of fields. The Actor’s Other Career Book pulls back the curtain to reveal more than 50 permanent and temporary positions available in cruise ships, trade shows, retail stores, advertising agencies, corporate settings, education, social outreach, tourist attractions, physical fitness, and much more. A comprehensive listing of organizations, Web sites, companies, and publications provide a wealth of tools. This book is available from the website listed below.
Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts (3rd Edition) – Rena Shagan
Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts (3rd Edition)
Solo artists and performing groups of all types will find everything needed to book performances, build tours, and succeed on the road in the third edition of this classic reference. This book has been updated to include information about the revolutionary new ways that performers, managers, and presenters are using the Internet to transform the business of booking live performing events. Special chapters by outside experts provide in-depth information about what presenters need from artists, the technical aspects of touring, the unique demands of touring abroad, and touring through the eyes of the artist. The book includes a Tour Manager’s Resource Kit and numerous other ready-to-use sample materials, including a contract, letter of agreement, technical information questionnaire, performance checklists, calendars, schedules, tour budget model, technical glossary, and much more. This book is available from the website listed below.
Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment – Tony Micocci
Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment
This book is the quintessential guide for anyone involved in the touring of live arts and entertainment—as a producer, artist, presenter, agent, manager, or attorney. It explores and explains relationships among producers, agents, managers, and presenters, negotiating styles, taxation, technology, ethics in professional dealings, booking strategies, nonprofit versus commercial touring, international touring and external factors affecting the field. It also includes nearly 100 pages of appendixes containing engagement contracts, technical riders, deal memos, and representation contracts, with extensive point-by-point analyses of all provisions. This book is available from the website listed below.
Building the Successful Theater Company – Lisa Mulcahy
Building the Successful Theater Company
Everything from finding a performance space, to creating a first season, to promoting your company and production, to designing a long-term plan is discussed in detail in this engaging guide–a sometimes irreverent, always relevant look behind and beyond the curtain of the modern stage troupe. Through personal experience and the “war stories” of esteemed stage veterans, the author reveals the pitfalls, passions, and practicalities of the theater industry. Chapters include developing business and budget plans, rehearsing, attracting attention with publicity and word-of-mouth, adapting to growth, and more. For everyone from the budding professional to the avid audience member wanting the ultimate back stage tour, no other book contains the unique insight and sound advice found in this indispensable reference. This book is available from the website listed below.
Business of Theatrical Design (The) – James L. Moody
Business of Theatrical Design (The)
For theatrical design students and theater professionals, here is the essential guide to marketing your skills, furthering your career, and operating a successful business. In this book, a design veteran of stage, film, television, concert, and special events shares his success secrets for helping costume, scenic, and lighting designers become successful businesspeople. Readers will learn the state of the business and the latest information regarding IRS, state, and business liabilities, salary fee scales, equipment costs, professional organizations, unions and contract issues and much more. This book is available from the website listed below.
Careers in Technical Theater – Mike Lawler
Careers in Technical Theater
Whether you want to be a theater tech on Broadway or at a regional theater, in Vegas or for a ballet company, this book has everything you need to know to pursue your dream. Learn the specifics of more than twenty different careers from the perspectives of successful theater artists. Chapters focus on specialties that have been around for decades as well as those still emerging in the field, including stage manager, lighting designer, projection designer, scenic carpenter, costume designer, scenic artist, puppeteer, production manager, prop artisan and many more. This book contains detailed information on job duties, estimated earnings, and recommended training institutions. It also gives examples of career trajectories, shows how to locate on-the-job training as an intern, apprentice, or paid worker, and lists valuable resource sites. This book is available from the website listed below.
Creating Your Own Monologue (2nd Edition) – Glenn Alterman
Creating Your Own Monologue (2nd Edition)
In the second edition of this popular guide, both fledgling and experienced actors will learn how to use their acting skills to write successful monologues, performance art pieces, and one-person plays. This book provides coaching to the reader through each stage of the creative journey, from gathering the essential tools and preparing to write, to getting started, expanding and tightening dialogue, developing character, editing and rewriting, rehearsing the final piece, effectively using feedback, and playing to audiences. Included are interviews with writers and directors, and information about artist’s communities, competitions, and grants. This book is available from the website listed below.
Opportunities in Animation and Cartooning Careers – Terence J. Sacks
Opportunities in Animation and Cartooning Careers
This book offers job seekers essential information about a variety of careers within the animation and cartooning field and includes training and education requirements, salary statistics, and professional and Internet resources. It covers the definition and history of cartoons as well as surveying various kinds of work in the field, from comic strips in newspapers to types of animation and the use of computers and technology in animation. It includes interviews with a comic book artist, a Disney producer and director, a comic strip cartoonist, a video editor and others in the field, and gives an idea of what earnings can be expected, along with various career tracks and ideas on getting started and submitting work. Appendices include lists of organizations and periodicals as well as major newspaper syndicates and schools. This book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Promoting Your Acting Career: A Step-by-Step Guide to… – Glenn Alterman
Promoting Your Acting Career: A Step-by-Step Guide to Opening the Right Doors (2nd Edition)
This is the definitive insider’s guide to propelling forward in the worlds of theater, film, and television. Revised and expanded, this popular guide now includes a new section on actor training; new segments on voice, speech, and voiceovers; the latest tips for using the Internet for self-promotion; brand new coverage of daytime serials; and new interviews with working professionals from every realm of entertainment. Also included are a directory of all New York theaters, an actor glossary, material on career consultants, and a view of the entertainment industry post-9/11. This book is available from the website listed below.
Running Theaters: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers – Duncan M. Webb
Running Theaters: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers
This insightful guide provides crucial tips for all people who work or want to work in regional, campus, and community-based theaters. Proven-successful strategies from managers, staff, and volunteer leaders cover virtually every aspect of running a theater: audience development, fund raising, facility development, programming, community involvement, and much more. Special sections cover physical maintenance, technology in theaters, staff and board development, and education in the arts. This book is available from the website listed below.
Screenwriter’s Legal Guide (The) – (3rd Edition) – Stephen F. Breimer
Screenwriter’s Legal Guide (The) – (3rd Edition)
One of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in Hollywood provides easy-to-understand, expert advice for writers, agents, attorneys, and film students on all the legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. Breimer gives a concise and enlightening explanation of the screenwriter’s position in the industry, offering an illuminating overview of contracts, options and purchase agreements, writing assignments, copyright, collaboration agreements, the producer’s role, and working with agents and lawyers. This book is available from the website listed below.
Starting Your Career in Broadcasting: Working On and Off the Air in… – Chris Schneider
Starting Your Career in Broadcasting: Working On and Off the Air in Radio and Television
In this informative and inspiring guide, today’s top broadcasting personalities share how they broke into the business, the often-hilarious mistakes they made along the way, and how they grew personally and professionally. Chapters explore specific on-air and behind-the-scenes jobs, academic programs in broadcasting, how to capitalize on a “big break”, what news and program directors seek in job candidates, weathering the ups and downs of a competitive industry and how professionals of all kinds can host their own talk shows. A special section explains how broadcast ratings are computed and provides tips for dealing with allergies and the common cold in an industry in which the voice is everything. This book is available from the website listed below.
Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success – Janet Wilcox
Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success
This book provides the inside scoop on the industry and personal training to help voice-over hopefuls find work in network promos, commercials, documentaries, books on tape, radio, animated films, and more. This rich resource comes with a CD-ROM featuring vocal exercises and interviews with voice-over actors. Readers will discover a treasure trove of useful information, including acting warm-ups, vocal workouts, improv exercises, character work sheets, tips for making demos, casting insights, interviews with show biz heavyweights, advice on getting professional representation and secrets to finding opportunities in traditional and emerging venues. This book is available from the website listed below.
Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive – David B. Levy
Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive
For animators looking for their first or next job, here is the comprehensive career guide to answer all their questions. Readers will get insider’s tips on beginning a career, creating a portfolio or reel, meeting local communities of animators, keeping job skills marketable, networking effectively, making the leap from working for others to pitching and selling one’s own work. Expert advice is also provided for getting the most out of school, learning from on-the-job criticism, coping with unemployment, and much more. Invaluable resources such as animation schools, societies, film festivals, studios, Web sites, and publications are also provided. This book is available from the website listed below.
U.S. Arts Organizations
By Lisa Canning
Here is a list of U.S. Arts Organizations to help you or your organization advance and make connections.
State & Regional Partners
State, Regional, and Jurisdictional Art Agencies
Regional Arts Organizations
U.S. Regional Arts Organizations Web Site
American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture & Humanities
P.O. Box 1540
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
1 Constitution Plaza, second floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Delaware Division of the Arts
State Office Building
820 North French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
302/577-8278 (from New Castle County)
302/739-5304 (from Kent or Sussex Counties)
District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
200 I Street SE, #1400
Washington, DC 20003
TTY/TDD (202) 724-4493
Iowa Arts Council
600 East Locust
State Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319
Maryland State Arts Council
175 West Ostend, Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230
Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street, #701B
Jackson, MS 39201
Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level
Omaha, NE 68102
Nevada Arts Council
716 North Carson Street, Suite A
Carson City, NV 89701
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH
Concord, NH 03301-4974
New Mexico Arts
Bataan Memorial Building
407 Galisteo St, Ste 270
Santa Fe NM 87501-2641
New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Commonwealth Council for Arts & Culture
P.O. Box 553, CHRB
CNMI Convention Center
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan, MP 96950
Oklahoma Arts Council
P.O. Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Finance Building, Room 216A
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-4184
Utah Arts Council
617 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
41-42 Norre Gade, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 103
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Arts & Humanities Section
West Virginia Division of Culture & History
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
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