‘You are an actor. You have worked hard to be an actor. You have made a considerable outlay, financially or emotionally, and often both, to do this. So do it. Do it with style. Do it wholeheartedly. Do it every day. Be a working actor.’ Being a working actor isn’t just about the days you spend rehearsing or performing. It’s about approaching your chosen occupation with dedication, energy and focus, so that you always think of yourself as an actor – especially on those days when you’re not acting – and that every single day you do something, however small, to help further your career. Written by the Chairman of the Actors Centre, with over forty years’ experience as an actor himself, The Working Actor is the essential guide to putting yourself in the best possible position to get work, to keep getting it, and to make a living from it. It covers a comprehensive range of topics including: – Finding work: the types of jobs on offer, how to track them down, working with your agent; – Landing the job: nailing auditions and meetings (and how they can go wrong), writing a winning letter; – Promoting yourself: compiling a showreel, building your website, choosing (and resembling!) your headshots, networking both on- and offline; – Supporting yourself: choosing a suitable day job, joining Equity, staying positive, avoiding feeling isolated.Each chapter features a work task to inspire you to reflect on what you’ve learned and to put your knowledge into practice.
By the end of the book, armed with your own personal Working Actor Plan, you’ll be ready to find your path in the industry, manage your career, and maximise your potential. The Working Actor is an inspiring, reassuring book for actors of all ages and backgrounds – from recent graduates, to more experienced professionals – who want to take their career to the next level. It won’t teach you how to act – but it will teach you how to be an actor.