A guide for the newcomer to Hollywood, the actor trying to live the Dream. Offers a wide-ranging look at issues to consider before moving, how to stay healthy in L.A., how to get settled in, how to find work (acting and the normal kind), etc.
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How many actors dream of coming to Hollywood? Or perhaps have already arrived, but don't have a clue. There's so much to know - starting with, should you be there or not? Because there's a lot to do "back home" before you make the move. Are you ready? Do you have a headshot and resume? Do you know what a casting director is, the difference between a manager and an agent, between auditioning for commercials and auditioning for a TV show? What do you know about L.A.? Its neighborhoods, its entertainments, the job market (yes, you'll need a day job).
"Acting in Hollywood" is a guide to all this and more, offered as a helping hand to the newcomer - to Hollywood, or even acting.
Hollywood is a state of mind, a state of mind whose home is Los
Angeles, California. Tourists can also visit a place called Hollywood
where handprints in concrete and stars in the sidewalk give them some
glimpse of the glamor associated with the word. But those who come
here to act will spend little time in that place. The "Hollywood"
they have come for is spread out in multiple locations and takes many
forms. It can be very confusing, if very exciting too.
This is a book for the adult actor who is planning to move to that
Hollywood or who has recently arrived. It should also be of use to
others, even if parents of young actors, for instance, should also
read specialized books (and Web sites) on that subject. It covers
everything from whether you should move to how to get settled
in, find representation, and look for work, to navigating the city of