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Actor's Other Career Book, The
Using Your Chops to Survive and Thrive

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Author: Lisa Mulcahy
Format: Paperback/207pp
Date: 2006
Number: AWP-5453-4


Because acting often does not come with a steady paycheck, many actors think they must suffer financially for their art. Yet dedication to the craft does not have to come at the expense of quality of life. A new resource shows actors a better way. The Actor's Other Career Book: Using Your chops to Survive and Thrive by Lisa Mulcahy shows actors how to expand their thinking and parlay their multitude of skills - vocal, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual - into careers that go beyond waiting tables and mixing cocktails.

Consistently employed actors who take control of their professional circumstances make it their business to think outside the box, figure out how the skills they've developed as performers can be translated to diverse fields, and go for a better life, the author observes. Working in another field only widens your scope and experience as a person, and that makes you a better actor, whether you perform again tomorrow or 20 years from now.

The Actor's Other Career Book features interviews with more than 50 actors who have found satisfying other careers that improve their quality of life, pay the rent, and sharpen their acting skills. Chapters cover a wide variety of career options, including:

  • Communication consultant
  • Acting teacher
  • Voice-over artist
  • Commercial spokesmodel
  • Corporate product demonstrator
  • Fitness instructor
  • Massage therapist
  • Animal behaviorist
  • Social worker
  • Real-estate broker
  • Deejay
  • Dialogue coach
  • Publicist
  • Casting director
  • Cruise ship performer
  • Renaissance faire performer
  • Book-on-tape narrator
  • Nurse
  • Outreach coordinator

The Actor's Other Career Book also includes a comprehensive listing of organizations, Web sites, companies, and publications that will provide further career guidance. This book is a must-have for actors looking to gain control of their careers, whether they take the stage again tomorrow or twenty years from now.



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