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The Professional Actor's Handbook

From Casting Call to Curtain Call

Julio Agustin - With Kathleen Potts

Pursuing an acting career is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to shrug off rejection. It also requires an ability to navigate the pitfalls of an often precarious profession. While there are many books that attempt to teach people how to act, there are few books that show individuals what it takes to succeed as a working professional.

The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call provides individuals with strategies that will help them successfully negotiate every stage of their careers. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals looking to transition their careers to the next level, this book is a much needed guide. Among the many topics covered in this book, the authors demonstrate how to:

  • Create a Captivating Resume
  • Take a “Perfect” Headshot
  • Compile a Complete Rep Book
  • Conquer Audition Nerves
  • Establish an Online Presence
  • Finance a Developing Career

Other strategies address how to network, how to survive while building a performing arts career, and even how to organize your home office. Featuring sample resumes and business cards, insights from industry experts—including agents and casting directors—and a list of resources, this book offers invaluable guidance—including advice on how to negotiate a contract. Along with audition manuals and repertoire binders,
The Professional Actor’s Handbook is a vital reference that belongs on every aspiring performer’s bookshelf.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 228Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-7771-7 • Hardback • February 2017 • $60.00 • (£39.95)
978-1-4422-7772-4 • Paperback • February 2017 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
978-1-4422-7773-1 • eBook • February 2017 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
Julio Agustin is assistant professor of theatre and dance at James Madison University. He has performed in six Broadway shows—including Chicago and Fosse—and runs a monthly audition studio in New York City, The Transition Workshop.

Kathleen Potts is an academic, dramaturge, and award-winning playwright on faculty at The City College of New York, CUNY.
Julio Agustin is professional and dedicated to his beliefs. I love his desire and need to assist gifted artists to not let fear and rejection stop them from fulfilling their dreams and capabilities. His book does just that. I’m proud of him.
Chita Rivera, Tony–Award winning actress, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman

Read. This. Book. Julio shares his insightful knowledge, that he’s acquired personally and professionally, so that everyone can have a better shot at being at their best in any situation. He has a generous heart and that comes through as a person, as an artist, a teacher, and now as an author. These are lessons not only for theater, but for everyday life.
Chris Gattelli, Tony–Award winning choreographer, Newsies

If you can even imagine yourself in any other industry, do that. Otherwise, be creative, be smart and get this book! Julio Agustin maps out the practical side of the very impractical business of Show Business.
Cady Huffman, Tony–Award winning actress, The Producers

I have had the pleasure of representing Julio Agustin. We’ve kept in touch, and he’s a very talented professor/teacher, performer. His book contains some very valuable, incisive, up to date information that is quite useful for performers. I recommend his book highly.
Barry Kolker, talent agent/owner, The Carson Kolker Organization Ltd.

This is the business handbook for every young actor. It is a must read to transition from artistic academia to the real word of acting.
Elsie Stark, New York casting director, Stark Naked Productions