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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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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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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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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.