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

by Peter Donald Skagen

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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. ( )
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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.

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