This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

How to Succeed in Hollywood without really…

How to Succeed in Hollywood without really Acting: Practical inspirational…

by Peter Donald Skagen

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
113,689,591 (4)None
Recently added byDokfintong

No tags.



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

I received two career development books from NetGalley.com at about the same time: "The Artists' Guide to Success in the Music Business" by Loren Weisman and "How to Succeed in Hollywood without really Acting" by Peter Skagen. One is about the music business and one is about movie acting. I am in neither profession, nor am I looking for a career change, yet I learned from these books. I am thinking of giving them to my teenage nieces, neither of whom aspire to a music or acting career. These books might be good for anyone planning a major career change. Why? Because these books present the real world of work and offer practical tips on how to wend your way through it.

If I were giving the books to aspiring musicians or actors, I think that I would offer them in order of affinity. Acting book first for the actor, music first for the musician. But perhaps, as the goal is to assure that both are read, the opposite order would be better. Either way, the style and content of these books are complementary and reading one does not diminish the usefulness of the other.

For style and organization, I prefer Mr. Weisman's presentation, but then, I am a scientist and like the precise way that he, a percussionist, approaches things. Mr. Skagen's book is more emotional and exhortative, and that goes with the acting territory. Read beside each other they are amusing and informative. You will never look at portraiture the same way again.

I received advance review copies of "The artist’s guide to success in the music business : the “who, what, when, where, why & how” of the steps that musicians & bands have to take to succeed in music, 2nd ed., by Loren Weisman (Greenleaf Book Group Press) and "How to Succeed in Hollywood without really Acting: Practical inspirational insider secrets to achieving your potential" by Peter Skagen (Poubelle Publishing) through NetGalley.com. ( )
1 vote Dokfintong | Jan 25, 2015 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 099376570X, Paperback)

A renowned working actor, writer, producer and ‘un-acting’ coach shares with you the inside secrets of how to master the screen actor’s career in the twenty-first century, including how to break in, what they're looking for, film vs. theater acting, how to identify and promote your brand, how to set up shop, how to understand story and screenwriting, how to conquer auditions, and how to work on set. It encourages you to stop thinking like an actor, and start thinking like a filmmaker. This witty, easy-to-read, action-packed how-to also includes: rants, grudges, jokes, quotes, tales from the trenches, insider secrets, tricks of the trade, lists, exercises, examples, trick questions, the top fifty audition mistakes, the top four on-set mistakes, complete instructions on how to become inevitable, and most importantly, how to stop acting and start working. Students, parents, stage and screen actors, comedians, filmmakers, theater professionals, television presenters, writers of all kinds, movie buffs, even corporate sales professionals (because the world is a stage) can all benefit from this charming, inspirational, and incredibly informative book that finally explains the Business, and how to make it YOUR business.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:22 -0400)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4)
4 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 126,507,205 books! | Top bar: Always visible