Breaking into Acting For Dummies
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Don’t give up on your dreams of being an actor when you’re feeling frustrated. To relax and revive your acting aspirations, try some of these suggestions:

  • Meditate or practice yoga

  • Treat yourself to a spa, massage, or a hot bath

  • Take a class to overcome your weaknesses as an actor

  • Look for a day job that you may actually like

  • Participate in non-show business activities, such as sports, volunteering at a hospital or charity, or enjoying a hobby

  • Work off some steam — take a karate, boxing, or aerobic workout class

  • Start or join a support group with fellow actors

  • See a movie, go to a play, or read a good book

  • Read a positive-thinking book or listen to motivational tapes

  • Browse through one of the trade publications such as Variety or Hollywood Reporter

  • Pursue an additional show business career (writing, stand-up comedy, filmmaking, and so on)

  • Take a vacation (It can be as simple as a one day trip to the beach or a two week trip to Europe.)

  • Take time to develop a plan for advancing your acting career

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About the book authors:

Larry Garrison is President of SilverCreek Entertainment. He’s worked as a producer/actor in TV and film in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. His company has produced news stories for ABC and NBC News.

Wallace Wang is a stand-up comedian and the author of more than 10 bestselling For Dummies books. He focuses on screenwriting, movies, and comedy.

Wallace Wang specializes in making complex topics understandable. His assorted For Dummies tech books have sold nearly half a million copies. He has a master’s degree in computer science along with side hustles in stand-up comedy and screenwriting because life is too short to focus on just one thing.

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