Table of Contents
1) Who this book is for
a) For the Veteran Actor - 42 VIP interviews, insights, new tips for getting work in New England.
b) For the Beginner Actor - Get started acting this week!
c) For Producers and crew - Learn about the actor's perspective and process.
2) Types of Work Available for Actors and Models in New England
A surprisingly vast and diverse list opportunities for the actor to work
3) The Actor's Promotional Materials
Tips for taking great headshots
Meet our top local New England Headshot photographers
Your First Resume for the beginner actor
How Your Resume evolves and changes format with your career.
Different Resumes for different Markets: your resume will look different for New England, NY and L.A.
Special skills you might consider obtaining and listing
Commercial Credits List
have it, then file it away
Comp Cards / Print work
Comp Card essentials
Your personality slate
Great ways to get your footage from film, TV, commercials
Who to ask for your footage, how and when
Online footage providers for your National and Network roles
Video Editors: the best way to find an affordable, solid editor.
practically free, must-haves for your card
License, Passport, Social Security Card.
The basics you must own for both men and women
Your Actor/Model Make up kit
interview: Jean Carney - Make up tips for actors, from a 25 year veteran Union Makeup artist.
interview: Laurel Wiley - Purchasing the best products and application hints.
Theatrical comedic, where to find the best ones for you
Pulling the words from the page
Your digital online presence
Your own personal Actor website - Looking great on a budget.
Places to Post your Actor Profile online
The top Facebook sites for NE actors.
4) New England Classes and Training
The Best Group Acting Classes available in New England.
Our other Acting Schools
interview: Scott Fielding - Michael Chekov Studio Boston, acting with depth.
interview: Lau Lapides - Lau Lapides Acting Studio, getting you fully to New York.
interview: Steve Blackwood - Master Class and Cold reading Sessions.
interview: Peter Kelly. What an on-set coach can do for you
interview: Emmanuelle Chaulet. Acting with deep spiritual awareness.
interview with Troy Desmond Smith - Toastmasters and what it can do for you.
Getting Special Skills
New England Stunt Schools for Actors
The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)
The author's experiences in training locally
interview with Mark Bedell - Stage Combat Training and work in New England.
Casting Director Workshops
Tips on attending casting workshops
Three questions you need to ask yourself.
How to say NO to pay for play.
Scams and how identify and avoid them
5) A Word About The Craft of Acting
6) Creative Networking
Ten tips for a great coffee meeting. Proven advice.
Using social media, facebook, twitter, etc to the max.
Maximizing Youtube and Vimeo
Woman in Film
interview: Shannon Vossler, Board Member. Proven Networking Stories from real Meetings!
Networking and discovering your connections at The Six New England Film Offices
Mass Production Coalition - The benefits of joining
interview: Patricia Hohl - Mass Production Coalition
Film festivals - How to work the room and have fun too.
Complete list of New England Regional festivals
Some great words of advice for the shy.
7) Business Help and Emotional Inspiration for Actors
Publicists - Should you use one for your career?
interview: Josh Mitchell - when should you hire a publicist, and why?
knowing your type - and why it matters.
Dallas Travers - Free resources for actors!
Kristine Oller - Emotional and practical support for the actor (and my great friend)
interview: Kristine Oller - Change Strategist
New England Actors Network
Talent Tools - One stop shopping
interview: Becki Dennis - Talent Tools. Services for Actors.
How to acknowledge and celebrate your actor milestones.
8) Especially for Child Actors
Online resources for the child actor.
How to be a successful stage parent
Interview: Natalia Wallace - programs and resources for child actors
Coogan Law - what you need to know
Income taxes - special rules for minors.
Wonderful quotes from a happy child actor - who is working
Classes and camps especially for children
Expanding to NY and L.A. with your child.
Interview: Natasha Colonero - using an agent with your child actor
9) New England Casting Offices
Interviews with our top Casting Directors - up close and personal.
Carolyn Pickman talks about what actor traits she sees getting booked in her office
Angela Peri reviews her casting process for "American Hustle". (contributor Becki Dennis)
Anne Mulhall shares her favorite auditioning tips, and how to win her casting room
Jodi Purdy reveals some awesome stories from her casting and wrangling.
John Campanello spells out exactly what you need to do to stay on his casting radar.
Kristie Raymond - Viewfinder Productions, how to perform your best at a go-see.
Tips on registering and keeping good relations with casting offices.
What can I do if Boston Casting and C.P. are not calling me in for auditions.
Learn how each CD wants to be approached and kept appraised of your career
Meals for monologues
About the offices, each on has it's own style
Jody Purdy casting
10) New England Agents
Interviews with our top New England Agents
Maggie Inc - (Interview) Casey, Owner
The Cameo Agency - (Interview) Lynda St. James, detailed advice for child actors and their parents.
Image makers models - (Interview) Suzanne, exactly what photos you need for your modeling Career.
Portland Model and Talent -(Interview) Patricia Campbell, guidance for making it successfully as a model.
Exxcel Model and Talent - (Interview) Susan Lunetta, how you can be fully repped in New York.
Model Club Inc - (Interview) Andrew P. Wilson, SAG Franchised and expanding
Andrew Wilson Agency
When do you need an agent?
How does it help to have an agent?
How to get an agent.
Tips on maintaining a great relationship with your agent.
11) At the Audition
Understanding The five different types of auditions you will attend.
The go-see, The Impromptu Interview, The Improv session, scripted, with a reader, with a partner.
General audition tips.
Working the board properly.
Working comfortable and effectively with your reader
communicating with your session runner and camera operator
Turning your slate into gold.
A few good auditioning tips from Carolyn Pickman and Anne Mulhall
Knowing, developing and respecting your process.
12) New England Work and How to get it
Equity Theaters and auditions, interview with Our own Equity Rep.
Regional and Community Theater
Improv Theater and Troups
Dinner theater, interview with Judith Kalaora
Stand up Comedy
The best training
The best venues
Film and Television
Karl's original contracts, ensuring that you get copy credit and payment and more
have a clear agreement
get compensated properly
how to get your footage, hassle-free
how to get production to sign it and when.
Background Work (Film, TV, Commercial, Industrials)
Clearing up some mis-information about background work
on-set tips and etiquette to make you stand out, and get called back
10 things you MUST know about being a standin.
Real life stories from standins we can learn from.
Photo Double - what it is what you do, how it pays.
understanding and building your relationship with the camera, DP and director
Ahhhh, your own trailer and some other perks
Brand ambassador, live promotional work.
How to get live promotional work
interview with Judith Kalaora
Tourguide, Historical Intrepetor
How to get the work, and what it is like
Patient Portrayal for Medical Training
Client Portrayal for Legal Training
hear from the experts on demos and training
interview: Jordan Rich, producer of thousands of Voice Spots.
interview: Mike Jablon, business tips for your Voice Over Career
interview: Sonny Dufault, Prior manager at SoundTrack Studios.
Your Home studio - easier than you think.
Online places to get the VO work
The Best Training in Boston
Your demo reel, what should be on it, where and how to make it.
how to find the annual auditions and prepare for them
Disney Auditions Come to Town
Party Entertainer (clown, princess, magician, etc)
Interview: Craig Sutton - Live Talent for all occasions
The School Circuit - and how to work it.
13) Even More Creative Ways to get Jobs
Making the most of online resources.
Backdoor Ways to get an audition
True stories from New England Actors:
Their most unusual acting, highest paying and inspiring Jobs
How much money did they make for that Gig? Wow!
How did they get that Job? ...Not from a casting director, or usual audition
Taking advantage of other great organizations in our industry
1) The SAG Board
Interview with Bill Mootos, on joining the SAG Board
2) Mass Production Coalition.
Interview with Patricia Hohl - the benefits of membership for actors
3) Film Festivals
How to work the Room, and yes, have fun doing it.
14) Meet the Producers (Special chapter on our coworkers)
Interview with professional makeup artists.
Donald Mowat - Head of Make up Dept, “Fighter, Fever Pitch, etc”
Jean Carney - make up tips for actors, from a 25 year veteran Union Makeup artist.
Laurel Wiley - Make up for Actors, best products and application.
Have you considered becoming a make-up artist yourself?
Kevin Dibaccio, Dibaccio Films - How the first film in Maine to get international distribution was created
15) New England Studios
Interview: Chris Byers, New England Studios founder.
What Movies have come through so far?
Will local Actors will be working in the studios soon?
16) On the set
Safety on the Set
Who are the Crew and what they do? PA, AD, director, etc
When to join SAG-AFTRA is the right time.
Ahh, SAG-Eligible, the sweetest place to be
How to join SAG-AFTRA
SAG-AFTRA Joining Qualifications
New Media your way into the Union
Getting your Vouchers
Tips and advice from the SAG Office.
Financial Core, what you need to know
Interviews with SAG AFTRA board members
Bill Mootos on Being on the SAG Board
Paul Horn - SAG-AFTRA Board (Previous President), on when and how to join the Unions.
Doing Non-Union projects, even though you are union?
Meet an actor who stayed non union and is earning a living.
Some early problems I experienced regarding the union.
Disabilities, rights and opportunities
When and how to join Equity
18) A word about the New York and Hollywood, the Larger Markets
Working in New York
worthwhile programs and offices
Working in Los Angeles
When to go, and how to prepare
Up close Interview: Mary Lou Belli Sitcom Director (Heart of Dixie)
Up close Interview: Chris Black Writer/Producer (Madmen, Desperate Housewives)
Which City is the best choice for me?
19) Living in New England, working Nation wide
Tom Kemp - Case study, his story and how he does it
The Author's experience of working in Los Angeles and New York
20) Successful West Coast Actors Moving to and making it in the New England Market
Steve Blackwood - Making it work
Hester Schell - The Tons of hidden opportunities she found
21) Day jobs / Survival jobs
25 Favorite day jobs for Actors you will love in New England.
a complete, and creative list
Have you considered a day Job (beside acting) within our industry?
Professional Make up Artist
PA, Editor, Reader, Camera Operator, etc.
22) Managing the Money
Unemployment insurance - how its earned, legally and ethically by actors.
Income Taxes - Five must have tips to save money from the Tax experts.
Interview with Actors Tax Prep in Los Angeles
The Actors Fund - get a little help from our friends plus a free pair of shoes.
23) Supporting New England Tax Incentives
Meet Some Business Owners who thrive because of our industry and Tax Credits.
Interview with Chuck Slavin, knowledgeable supporter of the tax incentives.
Glossary of Industry Terms you should know.
Resources by State
A Complete list of Online Resources
Recommended Books by local authors