Based on parallels drawn between fundamental areas of theatre performance and their counterparts in the business world, Living The Dream…The Morning After Drama School – A DIY Guide to the Acting Business offers insights and tools to help current or former drama majors navigate life as highly capable actors trying to put together a living from a variety of income streams. It also exposes them to creative ways of considering their career options that may give them much more hope than they thought possible. In this way, a world that is foreign and overwhelming to many aspiring professional actors is brought easily and clearly into their comfort zone, equipping them for their quest to build a life doing what they love.
David Alford and Brian Horner draw from the experience of their lengthy, multi-faceted careers – Alford as a stage, television, and film actor, teacher, and arts administrator, and Horner as a saxophonist, teacher, and artist manager – and share that experience with those just starting out.
Foreword by Connie Britton
About the Authors
CHAPTER 1 Getting the Part . . . or Not – Auditioning, Rejection, and the Mental Game
CHAPTER 2 Reading the Script – Your Role in the Big Picture
CHAPTER 3 Meeting the Cast – Agents and Other Characters
CHAPTER 4 Blocking & Knowing Where You Stand – Unions, Contracts and Other Paperwork
CHAPTER 5 Memorization – Preparation, Professionalism, and the Basics
CHAPTER 6 Working the Scene – Listening and Responding
CHAPTER 7 Living in the Moment – Working Outside the Box
CHAPTER 8 Tech – The Nuts and Bolts of Making It All Work On Your Own
CHAPTER 9 The Curtain Rises, the Curtain Falls – Ups and Downs and the Paradox of the Business