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Publisher's Summary

Philip Carlson was the first agent to sign Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrien Grenier, and Paul Giamatti. He has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and W.H. Macy among many and gifted others. He shares his practical trade secrets in this extraordinarily comprehensive guide on how to get into show business.

Topics include:

  • The schools
  • The business
  • Showcases
  • Casting directors
  • Agents
  • Auditions
  • Which coast?
  • Producers
  • Staying real
  • Negotiating 101
  • Where do I fit?
  • Movies
  • TV: Where the real money is (these days)
  • And more!

©2017 Philip Carlson (P)2017 Philip Carlson

Critic Reviews

"Philip Carlson was my 'guide in shining armor!' Smart, honest and hardworking, this book is his thinking and experience on a shelf." (Idris Elba)
"I was so fortunate to have found Philip when I did. I can't imagine a better introduction to the world of acting and the business of getting there." (Liev Schreiber)
"Philip Carlson is one of the wisest people on the subject of building a career that will last. Luck didn't have him representing New York's top character actors; wisdom, intelligence, patience and loyalty did. He was, and is, as good as it gets." (Tim Blake Nelson)

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  • Kyle Sutton
  • 02-11-2017

Great read even for a non-beginner

I wish I would have read this five years ago! But wow! What a gracefully straightforward way to put all this information. This book has turned my mentality upside down and has become the catalyst for a shift in career mindset. Thank you Philip for this wonderful book, and the love you put into it.

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  • Kartez Jackson
  • 13-10-2017

This book is unbelievable!!!

I started not knowing where to start my career and now I feel armed and ready to face my dreams and goals head on.

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  • domlafleur
  • 28-05-2018

I love everything about this book!

I am ELATED to have found it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would recommend it to anyone at any stage of their career.

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  • colette
  • 22-02-2018

Most informative book on breaking into acting. Ever!

Excellent - I learned so much and most importantly what I did wrong when I had an agent.
If you want to be in this business, read this book.

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  • billky
  • 19-02-2018

Outstanding "use it today" honest guidance...

I loved this! Thank you. The mistakes and the heartaches avoided... as well as the money that this has helped me save in advance, has just advanced my career.
I can't wait to listen again
Thank you so much. Bill C

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  • Robin Janice
  • 21-04-2017

Are you an actor? Get it

Phil's book is Inspiring, Insightful and full of actionable Information. I find so many industry books are just useless. Finally one that helps. Do yourself a favor and get this. Phil's reading style is really engaging and the book throws tons of Great questions at you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-2018

Gerli

Great book when you are starting your career in Acting. Inspiring and very logical explaining all the necessary and unnecessary in the industry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2018

Helpful on a level I never imagined.

This book has changed my entire way of thinking. It's something that I'll use throughout my career. Priceless information.