Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Guide to Acting Success - The MYOB Show

On The MYOB Show today we discover how to live the dream as a professional actor.

Our Guest Joe Teague on the set of Toil
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The romanticised life of an actor - Champagne parties, red carpet events and exotic films shoots - are often far from the realities of living the dream and paying the bills as an actor.

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The actors life can be fun, creative, dynamic and no day is ever the same. There is a flip side however, acting can be a hard life. Unreliable income streams and lashings of rejection are two major downers of the job.

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If after hearing the realities of the acting game and you still feel you want a career as an actor you need to listen to today's MYOB Show On-Demand. We’ll give you all the info you need to place yourself into the strongest position to succeed as a jobbing actor.

Who's on the show?

A face to the name: Joe Teague
 Guest: Joe Teague - Joe is a hard working stage and screen actor with years of experience in the acting world. Recently Joe has returned to University to brush up his skills (which we all need to do) and learn more about the theory of his craft. On today's show Joe shares his secrets on how he's survived in the creative business for so long.

A face to the  name: Dom O'Neill
Presenter: Dom O’Neill - Dom has a Master of Arts in Radio Production (& Management) and a BA (Hon) Degree in Media Production. Producer of 5 Short films and has 10 years experience in the broadcast industries in the UK. Plus he loves the freelance life!

What we found out?

The common mistakes newbie actors make when they start out in the business? How to pay the bill with acting as a main income? Is it best to have multiple income streams if you are an actor? What are the top 3 tips for anyone who is looking to become an actor in TV, film or stage?  

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Why listen?

If you've ever dreamed of hitting the boards in the theatre or mic-ing up for a film then you need to check out The MYOB Show On-Demand. No matter if you want act on stage or on screen today's show discovers what you need to know to live the dream as a successful actor.

Find out our check list for acting success...

Listen to The MYOB Show!

Want to know more?

You can find out more info on creative careers for free via Skill Set. You can find out loads of facts on creative freelance living and union issues via The BECTU website. Plus we have loads of blogs and Podcasts about being a success in the creative industries including...

It’ll Be Alright on the Night!  
- A show about success when you are life on stage

 Podcast Veterans Top Tips
- Want to be a Podcast success story - Find out how on the show!

 The first Step to Creative Success
- The show which discovers how looking after others will help your career - Find out how via the show!

You can also find some really useful book on creative career success via The MYOB Shop!

Books such as...

Whats it about?

"A handbook for aspiring actors by two of the best-known names in the British theatre and television Written by two of the best-known actors in the country, this short book offers practical advice and do's and don'ts to anyone thinking of taking up acting. 

Both authors are passionate about actor training, know the profession inside out and, as they say in their intro, have more than a hundred years' experience between them! Writing alternate paragraphs throughout the book - and frequently contradicting each other! - they cover the whole gamut from  applying to drama school, auditioning, training, working in unpaid productions, doing 'bits' on telly etc etc and on up to, getting an agent and enduring a West End run - should you be so lucky. Published in slimline format (cf. NHB's Actions), this handy but pleasantly unstuffy manual is essential reading - or an essential gift! -for any aspiring actor."

Reader Reviews:

Forget what Amazon or writer have to say - what do real people think of the book...

amazon.co.uk users rated the book 4.7 out of 5 stars!

"Go For It!" -M. J. Saxton (Amazon user)

 "The book should be re-named THE ACTOR'S SURVIVAL GUIDE, because I learnt everything, absolutely EVERYTHING there is to know about the career of an actor." - Mrs. A. Jackson (Amazon user)

   " I found this book to be incredibly informative, balanced and interesting" - George (Amazon user)

It's a great book with a tiny price for new and current actors wanting to further their career in a competitive job market.  

You can buy it from The MYOB Shop or via our amazon.co.uk

If you do buy it via Amazon will you show us some love and click on one of our Amazon links before you buy? the commission from the sale helps the show stay afloat which enables us to continue to help you live the dream - thanks folks!

Book 2:

How to be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through It All

What's it about?

"An award-winning book, 'How to be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through it All' takes you on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. You will learn the activities that have been scientifically proven to boost happiness levels, and discover some of the world’s most powerful spiritual knowledge on the subject. There are practical, transformational steps that will help you navigate the worlds of stage, film, and television with a foundation of self-esteem and personal power. You will hear stories of Hollywood actors as they have adopted these keys and moved toward happier, more fulfilling lives, and you will be let in on some powerful inside perspectives from four of our top industry professionals—Emmy-winning producer/director David Nutter, Oscar-winning actress Christine Lahti, Emmy-winning casting director Mark Teschner, and Artios-winning casting director/acting coach Risa Bramon Garcia.

"The title says it all . . . This book is really needed in our industry!" - Eric Dawson, Emmy-winning casting director (American Horror Story, The Mentalist, Glee)"

- amazon.co.uk

What do past readers think?
amazon.co.uk user rated this 4.7 out of 5 stars

  "I'm so glad I came across this book at the start of my career and that it can now be something I refer to" - Helena (amazon.co.uk user)

"The book really understands the issues actors\actresses face in today's industry.  I would recommend the book to all performer/actors/creatives/artists." 
- Princess Hoo (amazon.co.uk user)

"What an important book. Give yourself a gift - read it :-) . I have myself found my career has taken off since reading this book - I believe, the outcome of feeling connected, positive and inspired." 
- Anon (amazon.co.uk user)

 Book 3:

How to Be a Working Actor, 5th Edition: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Television (How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs)

What's it about?

The celebrated survival guide for the working actor - now completely updated and expanded.

Talent manager, teacher, and career coach Mari Lyn Henry and acress, author, and spokeswoman Lynne Rogers combine their extensive skills and years of experience to cover all the essentials of how to market yourself, land roles, and manage a successful career. They also include expert advice from scores of other industry experts - well-known actors, agents, managers, casting directors, and teachers.

How to Be A Working Actor takes a no-nonsense approach to the whole business of being a working actor, with detailed information on how to live on a budget in New York and Los Angeles, what the acting jobs are and what they pay, even how to find a survival strategy that will augument your career. And extensive section on script analysis shows you how to investigate the depth of a character to create a memorable audition for roles in theatre, film, and television."


That's all very good but what to reader think?

 Amazon.co.uk users scored the book 3.0 out of 5 stars.

"How to Be a Working Actor" is an excellent resource for beginning actors or old veterans." 
- E. Arnold (Amazon.co.uk user)

"This book is extremely valuable for the young actor. The problem is that this is only one perspective on the business of acting"
- N. Nagamatsu (Amazon.co.uk user)

"I thought I had a good basic knowledge of the industry, but this book gave me a lot more."
- T. McNeill (Amazon.co.uk user)

Want to try before you buy?
Sample the start of the book for free via the Kindle store 

I hope they help.

Take care.

Dom O'Neill


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What is the MYOB Show?

MYOB Show is here to help you live the dream! We are the most honest and realistic show dedicated to giving you all the info you need to kick start your career in the arts, media and creative industries. MYOB Show is on the radio & online as an on-demand radio programme or Podscast. The show is full of useful tips, discussions and information to help folk like yourself adjust to life after the 9-5.

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