While there are many books that attempt to teach people how to act, there are few that show aspiring actors what it takes to succeed as a working professional.
The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call provides struggling artists—stage and screen actors, dancers, singers—with strategies that will help them successfully negotiate every stage of their careers. This second edition provides vital updates to reflect the current industry:
Julio Agustin and Kathleen Potts address a myriad of topics such as resumes, headshots, rep books, audition nerves, and marketing plans. Other strategies address how to network, how to finance your early career, and even how to organize a home studio.
Featuring sample resumes, insights from industry experts, and a new chapter by audition coach Casey Miko on how to “Generate an Extraordinary Video Submission,” this book offers invaluable industry guidance. Along with audition manuals and repertoire binders, The Professional Actor’s Handbook is a vital reference that belongs on every actor’s bookshelf, from recent college graduates to seasoned professionals.
Julio Agustin is an 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.
Foreword by Elizabeth Parkinson
Part I: Branding Strategies for the Professional Actor
Success Strategy 1: Define Your Unique Selling Points
Success Strategy 2: Build Your Brand by Following the Stars
Part II: Success Strategies for the Stage & Screen
Success Strategy 3: Create a Captivating Resume
Success Strategy 4: Take That “Perfect” Headshot
Success Strategy 5: Write a Standout Cover Letter
Success Strategy 6: Compile a Complete Rep Book
Success Strategy 7: Practice Preparation
Success Strategy 8: Conquer Audition Nerves
Part III: Marketing & Networking Strategies for the Successful Performer
Success Strategy 9: Execute a Marketing Plan
Success Strategy 10: Establish Your Team
Success Strategy 11: Cultivate a Mentor
Success Strategy 12: Get “Them” to Trust You
Success Strategy 13: Network!
Success Strategy 14: Follow Up for Superior Results
Part IV: Offstage and Professionalization Strategies
Success Strategy 15: Organize Your Home Studio
Success Strategy 16: Finance Your Developing Career
Success Strategy 17: Negotiate a Profitable Contract
About the Authors
“This is the best actor preparation text I have ever come across. The authors make this business manageable, do-able, clear, concise, and take the mystery out of how to launch and how to succeed. My students appreciated each chapter.”
“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.”
"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."
"This is the business handbook for every young actor. It is a must read to transition from artistic academia to the real world of acting."