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For nearly a decade, Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff
shared duties as advice columnists for the actors’ trade paper,
Backstage. Their highly popular weekly feature, "The Working
Actor," fielded questions from actors all over the country. A cross
between "Dear Abby" and The Hollywood Reporter, their column
was a fact-based, humorous, compassionate take on the questions actors
most wanted answered. Using some of their most interesting,
entertaining, and informative columns as launch points, Answers from
"The Working Actor"
guides readers through the ins and outs (and
ups and downs) of the acting industry.

Apodaca and
Kostroff share an approach that is decidedly "on the ground." They’ve
both labored in the trenches just like their readers―dealing with
auditions, classes, photos, résumés, rehearsals, contract negotiations,
representatives, jobs, challenging colleagues, and the search for that
elusive life/career balance. There are few absolutes in the acting
profession and virtually no proven and reliable steps. Unlike books that
claim to offer "Quick Steps to a Successful Acting Career," Answers
from "The Working Actor"
deals honestly with the
realities, providing facts, options, strategies, stories, points of
view, and the wisdom of experience, while ultimately challenging readers
to make their own decisions. This book will give
new actors a head start on their journeys and remind experienced
professionals that, in the acting business, there is never only one
answer to any question.


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Dec 27, 2018

Should I start this review by saying I have been in the performing arts industry for over 29 years? Naw. Should I state that I have and M.F.A. in acting? Naw. Should I inform you that I have taught acting at 3 different universities (UMKC, USF, UOP)? Naw.

Let me just right to it. If you need answers...If you have questions...If you need refresher material about how to get work in the film/commercial/performing arts industry, then GET THIS BOOK.

Here is what I appreciated about it. It is very Should I start this review by saying I have been in the performing arts industry for over 29 years? Naw. Should I state that I have and M.F.A. in acting? Naw. Should I inform you that I have taught acting at 3 different universities (UMKC, USF, UOP)? Naw.

Let me just right to it. If you need answers...If you have questions...If you need refresher material about how to get work in the film/commercial/performing arts industry, then GET THIS BOOK.

Here is what I appreciated about it. It is very accessible. The information is presented simply (no guessing what is meant). There is honesty in the writing as well as gentle frankness, and practical advice. And guess what, I can definitely say there were times when I chuckled, out loud, a couple of times. Some of the sections were soo good that despite telling myself to stop reading, I could not obey my self commands.

If you are a newbie to the industry, this is a MUST READ.
If you are a novice to the industry, this is a must read.
If you are somewhat experienced, read this.
If you are seasoned, read this if you feel you need a refresher on the inner workings of the industry.

Best thing about the book is that the two industry professionals who wrote the book answer real questions from real people like you and me. They play well off of each other, and hearing two different perspectives makes this book enjoyable to read. Yup, are going to read, enjoy and fill yourself with the knowledge to go out and pursue your dreams and avoid the pitfalls that your friends are making.

This book can help you succeed. Are you open to learning how to get a leg up? Well, then what are you waiting for?
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Dec 07, 2018

Jackie and Michael have organized a wealth of insider information, first-hand accounts and practical advice into an easy-to-read book. The chapters are concise yet thorough and build on each other in a comprehensive, compelling way. As a continually auditioning, occasionally working actor in NYC, I love the way they draw on real people’s experiences from their Backstage column. Books claiming to contain the magical steps required to become a successful actor are so often downright useless. This Jackie and Michael have organized a wealth of insider information, first-hand accounts and practical advice into an easy-to-read book. The chapters are concise yet thorough and build on each other in a comprehensive, compelling way. As a continually auditioning, occasionally working actor in NYC, I love the way they draw on real people’s experiences from their Backstage column. Books claiming to contain the magical steps required to become a successful actor are so often downright useless. This book could not be further from that. The questions and answers here teach us something only the best teachers can: self-sufficiency. Jackie and Michael have somehow managed to write with equal parts compassion and mercilessness. You will grow wiser and tougher in the pages of this book. A must-read for anyone seriously considering building an acting career. ...more

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