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Breaking into Acting For Dummies

Published 04-27-2021

<p><b>Understand the business&nbsp;side&nbsp;of&nbsp;your&nbsp;showbiz&nbsp;career&nbsp;</b></p> <p>We all know acting can be a glittering&nbsp;whirl of glamour&mdash;plush&nbsp;red carpets,&nbsp;simply&nbsp;divine&nbsp;outfits,&nbsp;huge sums of&nbsp;money, and oh, the parties!&nbsp;But what a lot of&nbsp;wannabe&nbsp;actors forget is that&nbsp;it&nbsp;takes&nbsp;a lot of&nbsp;practical work&nbsp;to get to the flashbulbs of your first premiere,&nbsp;and that the savviest actors put as much stress on the&nbsp;business&nbsp;side of the profession as they do on the&nbsp;show.&nbsp;<i>Breaking&nbsp;Into&nbsp;Acting For Dummies</i>&nbsp;demystifies the behind-the-curtain side of showbiz to help you understand how it&nbsp;really&nbsp;works, who the decision-makers are, what they&rsquo;re looking for when they&rsquo;re picking talent, and how to get them on your side.&nbsp;If&nbsp;you&nbsp;truly&nbsp;want to be the next Emma Stone or Leonardo DiCaprio, you&rsquo;ll want&nbsp;to have a&nbsp;well-thumbed&nbsp;copy of this book alongside your&nbsp;pile of scripts.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Written by two&nbsp;friendly&nbsp;insiders, this&nbsp;guide takes you behind the scenes&nbsp;to help you&nbsp;map out your&nbsp;plan of attack, showing you how to open doors&mdash;and keep them open&mdash;and use your time wisely, so you&rsquo;re not breaking a leg rushing from&nbsp;one&nbsp;random audition to&nbsp;another.&nbsp;You&rsquo;ll understand how to flesh out your professional persona as thoroughly as a movie part,&nbsp;craft your resume as&nbsp;minutely&nbsp;as a script, and judge the&nbsp;angle&nbsp;of&nbsp;your headshots and webcam appearances as&nbsp;intimately&nbsp;as any&nbsp;director.&nbsp;Once you&rsquo;ve mastered&nbsp;these&nbsp;skills,&nbsp;it&rsquo;s&nbsp;time to go to market as&nbsp;your own publicity department,&nbsp;building&nbsp;your&nbsp;media and&nbsp;online presence until&nbsp;everyone who&rsquo;s anyone knows&nbsp;exactly&nbsp;who you are.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Understand different acting markets&mdash;from&nbsp;theater to commercials&nbsp;</li> <li>Network in-person and online&nbsp;</li> <li>Build your image via resumes, head shots, and webcam&nbsp;</li> <li>Keep a firm grip on the financial side&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re studying, a&nbsp;hopeful&nbsp;amateur,&nbsp;or have been&nbsp;treading the boards&nbsp;for a while,&nbsp;this&nbsp;is your&nbsp;breakthrough&nbsp;script for&nbsp;succeeding in the business of acting, and&nbsp;for&nbsp;learning how to play&nbsp;your ultimate&nbsp;role: yourself.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Voice Acting For Dummies

Published 01-29-2013

<b>Make a career out of your voice? Easy.</b> <p>Voice acting is like acting, but just using your voice! It's a unique career where the actor's voice can be heard worldwide-in commercials, on audiobooks, in animated movies, documentaries, online videos, telephone systems and much, much more. The point is to bring the written word to life with the human voice.</p> <p>With step-by-step explanations and an abundance of examples, <i>Voice Acting For Dummies</i> is the ultimate reference for budding voice actors on auditioning, recording, producing voice-overs, and promoting themselves as a voice actor.</p> <ul> <li>Creating a voice acting demo</li> <li>Finding your signature voice</li> <li>Interpreting scripts</li> <li>Using audio editing software</li> <li>Promoting your voice acting talents</li> </ul> <p>If you're an aspiring voice actor or an actor or singer considering a career transition, <i>Voice Acting For Dummies</i> has everything you need to let your voice talents soar.</p>

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Playwriting For Dummies

Published 08-02-2011

<b>The easy way to craft, polish, and get your play on stage</b> <p>Getting a play written and produced is a daunting process. From crystallizing story ideas, formatting the script, understanding the roles of the director stagecraft people, to marketing and financing your project, and incorporating professional insights on writing, there are plenty of ins and outs that every aspiring playwright needs to know. But where can you turn for guidance?</p> <p><i>Playwriting For Dummies</i> helps any writer at any stage of the process hone their craft and create the most dramatic and effective pieces.</p> <ul> <li>Guides you through every process of playwriting?from soliloquies, church skits, and one act plays to big Broadway musicals</li> <li>Advice on moving your script to the public stage</li> <li>Guidance on navigating loopholes</li> </ul> <p>If you're an aspiring playwright looking to begin the process, or have already penned a masterpiece and need trusted advice to bring it into the spotlight, <i>Playwriting For Dummies</i> has you covered.</p>

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