The Actor's Life
A Survival Guide
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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.
I am a big fanatic of the office and seeing how one show gave light to a amazing actor who never gave up and followed her dream is so heart warming!
Every Actor Needs to Read this Book!
I never bother to write reviews on anything but I feel such a strong attachment to this book and I’ve never been so upset to read a final page. As an actress myself, this book reminded me that life as an actor is worth it. Most celebrity books always talk about pointless stories of life after success but never the raw journey of the daily struggles it took to get there. This is the most honest and informational book I’ve read on an actor’s life and I’m going to recommend it to all my friends! Ironically enough my first studio audition was for Jenna’s new show “Splitting Up Together” I didn’t get it but hey, that’s part of the journey. Thanks for this book, Jenna.