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Title:
Stars in your eyes-- feet on the ground : a practical guide for teenage actors (and their parents!)
Author:
Jay, Annie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Dorset, Vt. : Theatre Directories, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
x, 150 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780933919426
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN2055 .J39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

A guide to both the small- and large-scale entertainment industry for aspiring teens. Covers agents, managers, and other entertainment personnel; pictures, resumes, and video demos; entertainment unions; the use of Web sites; pageants and model searches, scams to watch out for; and advice for parents. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Jay, a young actress barely out of her teens, offers a practical guide for others like herself with a serious yearning for a stage or screen career. Young actors wanting to expand their repertoires beyond school and community need quality photos called head shots, resumes, publicity packages, contacts, and knowledge of the behind-the-scenes world of auditions, casting calls, agents, and managers. Jay lays out the daunting task of breaking into show business in an engaging, personal account. In chapters devoted to come-on scams, other entertainment venues besides film and theater, unions, and education, there is a positive, informative, down-to-earth tone that sweeps the reader along. A final chapter, written by Jay's mother, is devoted to a parent's role. Serious young actors will appreciate the message, along with the abundant information. Drama teachers and other adults will find the book quite helpful. Glossary; resources; black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations. --Anne O'Malley


Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Jay writes directly to teens (at 18, she's one herself) and focuses on the best way to get jobs here and now. The book relies heavily on her own experiences. This is a strength in the author's firsthand accounts of how acting success can be achieved; it's a weakness when she treats activities outside her comfort level. (The chapter on beauty pageants and model searches is unbalanced and lacks the detail found elsewhere.) Jay also discusses her decision not to attend college or a conservatory. She is enthusiastic without glossing over the hard work and sacrifice involved in an acting career. Her writing is often awkward and wordy; dedicated performers, however, will appreciate her hints and find encouragement in fulfilling their dreams of stardom. Black-and-white cartoons are scattered throughout, and a useful resource appendix concludes the volume.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 The Supporting Castp. 1
Agents
Personal Managers
Business Managers
Publicists
Parents
Chapter 2 Propsp. 11
Picture/Resume
Postcards
Demonstration Tape
Chapter 3 Making the Roundsp. 29
Database
Mailings
News Release
Media Kits
Chapter 4 Next Stepsp. 41
Entertainment Unions
Websites
Chapter 5 And the Winner Is...p. 51
Promotional Contests
Beauty Pageants and Model Searches
Rewards and Drawbacks
Chapter 6 Scamsp. 57
Phony Agencies
Fees
Nudity
Official Help
Chapter 7 The Moment of Truthp. 65
Auditions
Combined Auditions
Monologues
Cold Readings
Improv
Callbacks
Chapter 8 Live, In Personp. 77
Theatre
Theme Parks
One-Man and One-Woman Shows
Chapter 9 Small Screen and Bigp. 87
Commercials
Television Shows
Films
Chapter 10 Where Do I Go to School?p. 99
B.A.
B.F.A.
Conservatory
Coach
Chapter 11 The Care and Feeding of Actorsp. 111
Rejection
Talent Diversification
Sacrifices
Coping Tactics
Chapter 12 Reflections for Parentsp. 119
Understanding
Contributions
Letting Go
Appendix A Glossary of Termsp. 125
Common terms in the entertainment industry used in this book
Appendix B Resourcesp. 135
Books
Periodicals
Drama Bookstores
Sources
Photo Reproduction Houses
Organizations
Unions
Combined Auditions
Television Networks
Housing in New York City
Indexp. 143

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