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. Included are in-depth interviews with legendary show business figures such as actor Henry Winkler, casting director Juliet Taylor, and theater director Joseph Chaikin as well top talents from the fields of film, television, stage, commercials, and talent agencies. Written by a professional New York actor with over thirty years of experience, this meticulously researched guide will give actors the tools they need to survive and thrive in New York show business.
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About the Author
Glenn Alterman is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, author, and actor. His plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, and at theaters around the world. He is one of the country's foremost monologue and audition coaches and the author of a number of prominent books for actors, including Promoting Your Acting Career and Creating Your Own Monologue, both from Allworth Press. He lives in New York City.
"Every actor who plans to move to New York should read this book." —Debra Monk, Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, and Helen Hayes Award–winning actress
"A great resource tool that takes some mystery out of the process." —Rob Decina, Casting Director, Guiding Light
“A must-read . . . Glenn Alterman's book is an insightful view into making your dream of being an actor into a practical 'business of the business' reality. Read it, absorb it, and follow it!” —Terry Schreiber, T. Schreiber Studio
"At last, a complete guide to survival as an actor in this industry." —Jay Binder, C.S.A., Binder Casting
"A must-read for the actor just arriving in New York as well as the seasoned pro . . . " —William Esper, Acting Teacher and Director