New PDF release: Acting Is a Job: Real Life Lessons about the Acting Business

By Jason Pugatch

ISBN-10: 1581154380

ISBN-13: 9781581154382

How to deal with the realities of existence as an actor—if you don’t snigger, you will cry • In-depth interviews with actors, brokers, casting administrators. during this hip, warts-and-all examine appearing, writer Jason Pugatch stocks his insights as a operating "day participant" to provide an unvarnished examine theater, movie, and tv: easy methods to be "discovered," what to anticipate from education courses, the grunt paintings of beginning a profession, the best way to retain going regardless of consistent rejection, and masses extra. full of myth-shattering anecdotes and informed in an fascinating own tone, appearing Is a role is the behind the curtain consultant that each aspiring actor needs to read.

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So, as you can see, much about the acting industry has changed since 486 BC. Romans and Christians: A Very Brief History There’s a reason you haven’t heard about the Roman theater: They didn’t have much. Nor did they produce any truly memorable playwrights. A good death match with a lion was spectacle enough—tragedy and comedy all wrapped into one. Cicero was the Mark Burnett (renowned reality TV producer) of his time, using gladiators as protagonists, lumping real actors in with the sporting events.

Julie Taymor, a longtime “downtown artist,” was given a blank check and the artistic license to do something phenomenal—and she did. ” These shows have now become commercial props, shuffling casts in and out and, though selling at a decent rate, creating a rather stagnant atmosphere on Broadway. For the most part, Broadway now steers completely clear of new writers. If a new play appears on Broadway, either its writer has met with great commercial success and validation in the past, or the play has transferred from a successful run somewhere else, most likely Off-Broadway.

Less work for the actor, more airtime for anyone willing to endure life on a reality show. Yet with hundreds of films in production, new media flourishing, and advertisers hiring actors for commercials in record numbers, one might say that things for the actor have never been better. Laundry isn’t hidden upon our arrival; gone are the days of infamia. But then a closer look reveals some cracks in the system. Where are our most prolific modern playwrights? Have they all gone the way of the screenwriter?

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