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The Complete Professional Audition by
Call Number: PN2071.A92 .C65 2005
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
Here's practical, hand-holding advice for choosing material, rehearsing, warming up, staying calm, standing out in a crowd, understanding casting, avoiding pitfalls, following up, getting the right headshot and resume, and accepting an offer.
So You Want to Dance on Broadway? by
Call Number: GV1597 .P38 S6 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-24
Veteran performer and choreographer Tina Paul dispels myths and delivers the inside dope about achieving your dream of dancing on Broadway. Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, and eleven other dancers join Tina in sharing their diverse experiences to help you make the right choices, avoid embarrassing mistakes, and prepare for the challenges that lead to a Broadway career.
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Rock the Audition: how to prepare for and get cast in rock musicals by Rock musicals are an increasingly dominant force in contemporary musical theatre. Rock the Audition defines what is required of the actor-singer to succeed in the audition room and gives the aspiring performer the tools necessary to interpret rock material with abandon, creativity, and inspiration. This book shows those interested in auditioning for a rock musical how to holistically embody the essence of the show for which they are auditioning.
Call Number: MT956 .S26 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Get the callback: the art of auditioning for musical theatre by This landmark book about Doris Humphrey, one of the most influential pioneers in the development of modern dance, tells of her struggles and triumphs in exploring new forms of dance; of Humphrey's break with Denishawn to establish her company with Charles Weidman; of creating a new dance technique which has been seminal to the training of modern dancers; of choreographing in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s; and of creating a choreographic aesthetic that has been a primary influence on subsequent generations of dancemakers.
Call Number: PN2071 .A92 F56 2016
Publication Date: 2016
An Actor's Guide - Making It in New York City by 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. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
Call Number: PN2055 .A48 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-17
Self-Management for Actors by No other book for actors focuses so succinctly on the business of self-management. Whether an actor has an agent or manager or is building toward assembling that team, "Self-Management for Actors" will provide a roadmap for surviving--and thriving--in the entertainment industry.There is nothing magic or even a little mystical about the business side of the business. There is, however, a cloak of protection around some industry information. The good news is, "the edge" that actors are seeking is in your hands already! Knowing your type, researching the target buyers of that primary type, staying on the radar in organic and meaningful ways, producing your own content to showcase what you do effortlessly, and learning how to network like a ninja is all within your control!Sure, there's work involved, but once you come at it from a place of owning your "bullseye," it doesn't feel like work. It feels like living your dreams!These self-management principles are simple, accessible, and do-able! No silly "actor busy work" here; SMFA is about balancing your creative fire with the organizational skills that will allow you to navigate this business without "leading from need," as so many actors tend to do.Peppered with real-world examples from working actors and behind-the-desk advice from industry pros, "Self-Management for Actors" has quickly become the most well-worn book on every actor's bookshelf. Author Bonnie Gillespie has taught the SMFA principles all over the world, helping actors navigate tier-jumps from the very beginnings of their creative careers on up through crafting that first acceptance speech!With a pocket companion guide and interactive support, this book is an actor's best friend. It's Hollywood grad school... in book form!
Call Number: PN2055 .G54 S45 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
Advice to the Players by "The best theatre book I read this year. The remarkable thing is its lack of bunk. Actors and watchers of actors will find it a book to mark up and read again."--Dan Sullivan, Los Angeles Times
Call Number: PN2061 .L49 1989
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
How Not to Audition by
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
Denny Martin Flinn has joined forces with author and top Casting Director Ellie Kanner to present How NOT to Audition. Kanner and Flinn's book is mandatory reading for any actor smart enough to realise that it all starts with the audition, and can easily end there as well. This is the definitive insider's guide to successfully navigating the complicated maze of auditions and landing that all-important role in movies, TV and theatre. Flinn and Kanner detail the common errors that most inexperienced actors make when auditioning and, and teaches the readers how to avoid them. The book gives details on proper etiquette during auditions and cold readings and includes strategies and techniques that will help any actor nail that part.
How to Make It in Musicals by
Call Number: ML 3795 .A35 H69 1999
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
This career manual offers aspiring singer-dancers the know-how they need to make it as performers. Starting with basics such as choosing a teacher and identifying the training needed, the guide moves on to offer advice on auditions and venues and tips from performers.
I Booked It by
Publication Date: 2015-09-15
What is the Secret to Booking a Commercial? This book will teach you all the techniques you need to BOOK IT ! * Learn how to have a winning slate * Master the art of the personality questions * Discover your unique choices in every spot * Handle nerves and make that an asset, not a liability * Nail the callback * Tips on how to market yourself * Know who you are in commercials * AND MUCH MUCH MORE!
Call Number: PS 648.S47 D47 2017
AMDA Education Recommended
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by
Call Number: BF503 .C77 R85 2004
Publication Date: 2005-09-07
A pocket-sized motivational guide from Kevin Carroll, one-man testament to the power of following a dream - or, as he puts it, 'finding your red rubber ball'. From an early age Carroll knew that he wanted to devote his life to sport but, injured in a football match to the point where he could no longer play, it seemed his dream was over. Undaunted, Carroll followed the red rubber ball into a position as head athletic trainer for a top basketball team. A delightful, colourful book illustrating his philosophy that true peace comes from courage and determination.
The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette by
Call Number: PN2055 .B73 L58 2017
Publication Date: 2016-12-10
Finally: a book that just might be the secret to having a long-lasting theater career! You see, The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette is the weapon you need to thrive and survive in this crazy arena called Show Business. Because sometimes it might not be solely about your talent; sometimes it's about your reputation. How easy you are to work with. Or even whether you're known for good work ethics.