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An Actor's Guide—Making It in New York City, Third Edition

Everything a Working Actor Needs to Survive and Succeed in the Big Apple

Published by Allworth
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

A Step-by-Step Guide for the Actor Pursuing a Career in New York

A great deal has changed in the industry in the last decade. In this new, third edition of An Actor’s Guide—Making It in New York City, Glenn Alterman provides everything actors need to know. You’ll discover the ten things that it takes to make it as a successful actor in the city, how to support yourself, where and how to start your life as a New York actor, understanding and marketing “your brand,” the best acting schools and conservatories, effective ways  to contact agents and casting directors, and more. The author, a successful working actor, also shares many insider tips on topics such as:

  • how to network effectively
  • headshots, photographers, and how to have a successful photo session
  • creating your actor websites
  • the best Internet resources and casting sites
  • how to give winning auditions and interviews
  • finding and developing great monologues
  • off and off-off Broadway opportunities
  • TV and film opportunities
  • voice-overs
  • commercial print modeling
  • commercials
  • survival jobs
  • appropriate behavior in the business
  • scams and rip-offs to avoid
  • information for actors with disabilities
  • information on diversity and LGBTQ concerns
  • a listing of agents, casting directors and theaters
Among the book’s many interviews are legendary show business figures, such as actors Henry Winkler, Alison Fraser, Dylan Baker, Lisa Emery, and Charles Busch, as well as casting directors Juliet Taylor, Ellen Lewis, Jay Binder, Donna DeSeta, and Liz Lewis, among many others. With Alterman’s essential guide, you’ll be prepared to launch and maintain your dream career in the city that never sleeps.

“Every actor who plans to move to New York should read this book.” —Debra Monk, Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, and Helen Hayes Award winner

“This book is wonderful. Truly everything one needs to know. Thrilled to be a part of it.” —Charles Busch, actor and playwright, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

“This book is filled with great advice and useful information for all actors. Those looking for the best ways to create, maintain, and strengthen their industry relationships should look no further. An important book. I highly recommend it!” —Bernard Telsey, casting director, co-executive director of MCC Theater

“Having the talent is one thing; letting the right people know about that talent is quite another. Finally, here is a book that tells actors how to be both an artist and a businessperson. I recommend it to all actors who are serious about their careers.” —Jonn Wasser, agent, Atlas Talent Agency

“A must-read for the actor just arriving in New York, as well as the seasoned pro who has been here for years. It is the most comprehensive guide that I have seen. It’s down to earth and very up to date. I highly recommend it!” —William Esper, acting teacher and director

“Actor Glenn Alterman updates his practical guide to surviving in the Big Apple with this paperback filled with all sorts of tips and advice . . . It’s perfect for actors heading into the big wide world or kids with the bug who want to start thinking now about what being a working actor is really like.” —Michael Giltz, Broadway Direct

“No one pursuing a New York acting career can afford to be without the comprehensive guidance found in this book. Invaluable, thorough, and up-to-the-minute, this meticulously researched guide gives actors the tools they need to survive and thrive in New York show business.” —

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