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Check out our Career Prep books in the AMDA New York Library! This collection is located behind the reference desk. Look for a pink sticker on these books!
Faculty Highlights/ Recommendations
The Complete Professional Audition by
Call Number: PN 2071 .A92 .C65 2005
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
In the United States, there are 300,000 actors; 100,000 hold union cards. There are 184 college theater programs and 108 performing-arts high schools. There are 578 acting schools and coaches in New York City and Los Angeles alone. The Complete Professional Audition is the one book all of those actors need-because before actors can act, they have to pass the audition! 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: GV 1597 .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.
Featured Items in this Collection
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.
Rock the Audition by
Call Number: MT 956 .S26 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
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.
An Actor's Guide - Making It in New York City by
Call Number: PN 2055 .A48 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-17
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.
Self-Management for Actors by
Call Number: PN 2055 .G54 S45 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
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!
Advice to the Players by
Call Number: PN 2061 .L49 1989
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
"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
How Not to Audition by
Call Number: PN 2071 .A92 .K34 2003
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.
Get the Callback by
Call Number: PN 2071 .A92 F56 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-02
All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what's the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? And once you're in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight? In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team.
I Booked It by
Call Number: PS 648 .S47 D47 2017
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!
AMDA Education Recommended
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by
Call Number: BF 503 .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: PN 2055 .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.