The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna FischerThe Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

byJenna Fischer

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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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 onThe 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.  

Jenna Fischer is best known for playing Pam Beesly on the acclaimed television show The Office, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Comedy.  After wrapping The Office, Fischer went on to star in the UK/SKY B limited seriesYou, Me and the Apo...
Title:The Actor's Life: A Survival GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1944648224

ISBN - 13:9781944648220

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Look into Being a Struggling Actor I am not interested in acting, but loved Jenna Fischer in The Office so decided to read this for fun. It really was an interesting look into the profession of acting and the frustration that comes with it. For serious actors, this book is a great reference guide for everything you may want to know.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it As a fan of Jenna Fischer, I was looking forward to this book. I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-12-13

Table of Contents

Foreword by Steve Carell





Chapter One: Getting Started


Chapter Two: Headshots, Getting in the Union, and Building Your Resume


Chapter Three: How to Find, Get, and Keep an Agent or Manager


Chapter Four: Auditioning, Rejection, and How to Persevere


Chapter Five: You Got a Job! How Things Work on a Television or Film Set


Chapter Six: The Journey



Actor Interviews: Sharing the Brushstrokes




About the Author