The Actor's Life

The Actor's Life

A Survival Guide

Book - 2017
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Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?

Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she'd imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.

If only she'd had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way--an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.

Jenna wants to be that person for you.

With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work--invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle. She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy's apartment are probably not legit--or at least not for the kind of part you're looking for!).

Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who's made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.

Publisher: Dallas, TX :, BenBella Books, Inc.,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781944648220
Branch Call Number: 792. 028023 FIS
Characteristics: xvi, 255 pages : illustrations.


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Sep 13, 2018

A very insightful, instructive, often humorous book that is also a cautionary revelation of how much difficulty and rejection is typically the major part of even successful actors' lives. Sample advice:
if you feel you must work in such a competitive field, rather that continually battling for that breakthrough stroke of luck you been knocking yourself out preparing for, you may be better off creating (often with your group of friends) your own film or theater production to achieve the recognition and opportunity you need. (I'm reminded of Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" script.)

PimaLib_NormS Apr 18, 2018

You know, I am much more likely to be a hermit in a dank, dark cave somewhere, than be on a stage performing for people. But, when I saw Jenna Fischer’s book, “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide”, I knew I just had to read it. Because I think Jenna Fischer is . . . really neat. Yes, I am a fan. So much so that I told my wife that if Jenna Fischer were to knock on our door and ask me to run away with her, well, I’d have to consider it. She said that was okay, but the same thing goes for her and James Pankow (trombonist/songwriter for the band Chicago). Anyway, “The Actor’s Life” is an entertaining and informative read that has lots of common sense advice, insight, and encouragement for the aspiring thespian. Jenna includes more than a few anecdotes detailing her struggles to get work and hone her craft. She went eight long years, fueled by determination and grit, believing in herself when it seemed that no one else did, until her big break came along with “The Office”. She had prepared herself to succeed, and while reading her book does not guarantee the success that she has had, I believe that “The Actor’s Life” would be quite useful to those considering a career in show biz. Plus, it was written by Jenna Fischer!

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 25, 2018

I basically inhaled this fantastic book from Jenna Fischer and enjoyed reading about her life so much. This isn’t a book about a famous actor and their rise to fame and it isn’t a comedy biography, this is a handbook on how to make it as an actor. Jenna goes through the steps with informative advice and knowledge while also sharing her own personal events, tips and tricks. You’ll follow through the process of acting classes, headshots, agents, callbacks, rejection, success and more. I have no intention to ever be an actor but if I did this would be the book for me because it’s full of insightful and helpful guidelines to become successful. I also loved reading about Jenna Fischer’s life and industry experience because she wrote in a wonderfully interesting and addictive way so I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.

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