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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Acting Professionally

Raw Facts about Careers in Acting

Edition 8th Edition
ISBN 9781137605863
Publication Date March 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Becoming an actor requires a lot more than just a desire to break into the business. This text will steer you through the hugely competitive industry of stage, film and TV acting, offering wise advice on everything from writing an eye-catching résumé to finding yourself an agent. It will give you a clear understanding of how acting careers are built and sustained, and how actors must position themselves in an environment overseen by directors, agents, casting directors and acting unions.

The leading book in its field since the first edition in 1972, Acting Professionally has been thoroughly updated to reflect new technologies and the current state of this ever-changing industry. It's filled with advice and pitfalls to avoid, as well as asides from the authors, whose wealth of experience in all aspects of the industry lifts the curtain to reveal its secrets.

Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the drama department at the University of California, Irvine, USA, where he now serves as Clare Trevor Professor of Drama. He is author of the defining text Acting Power, and many other theatre books including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare and Creative Play Direction. In 1999 he received the Career Achievement Award for Education from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He is a veteran stage director for Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

James Calleri is President of Calleri Casting, and one of the most prominent casting directors in the USA. His casting credits include Broadway productions of Chicago, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun and The Dead. His TV credits include Lipstick Jungle, Monk, Ed and Hope & Faith. He has been awarded twelve Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting and is a member of the Casting Society of America. He is also an Associate Professor of Acting at Columbia University, USA.

1. The Way It Is
2. What you Will Need
3. Your First Decisions
4. Establishing Yourself
5. The Casting Room
6. Other Opportunities.


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