This text is from a member of the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, currently based in Hawaii and consulting with two television programs located there, Scott Rogers.
This book is a practical guide to working as an actor without moving to Hollywood. It was written for the tens of thousands of actors living all over country (and world!) who dream of being paid as a professional actor and fall into two basic categories:
1. Actors who are building experience and reel before making the big move to L.A. Both experience and reel are easier to get in smaller markets, as you will see in the book.
2. Actors who have decided to live where they are because they enjoy their quality of life or in order to maintain their commitments to family or their jobs. These actors are content to pick up acting jobs when they come along.
This book is not meant to be an attack on Hollywood (in spite of the title!) But there is a misconception that the only place an actor can get paid for his craft is in this one city—Hollywood. In these days of inexpensive digital technology and “runaway production” that shoots all over the world, that paradigm no longer holds.
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Part One of this book tells you how to find jobs and get hired as a professional actor anywhere in the country. Part Two tells you how to do a good job in the role, once you are hired. And Part Three is called “The Work”. Think of it as a class for actors, in print, that gives you an idea of the way you learn from the give and take of a teacher and your fellow students as well as providing you with some proven exercises and guidance on what to look for (and what to avoid) when you look for an acting class.
About the author:
Scott Rogers served as an Acting Coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a 3-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for film and television projects. He has coached principal actors, for more than 3000 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, Acting Coach for the TV series North Shore and, prior to that, he was the full-time Acting Coach for the hit TV show Baywatch.
In the mid-1980s Scott began to get hired by actors, studios, and production companies to Coach/Produce/Direct hundreds of actors, including: Donna Mills (Knotts Landing), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Pat Morita (Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Charles Grodin, Catherine Oxenberg, Susan Blakesley, Richard Kline, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, John Astin, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Ted Lange (Love Boat), Denver Pyle (Dukes of Hazard), Timothy Bottoms, Tony Bennett & many others.
In 1994, after living and working in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Scott moved to Hawai`i with his wife, Jeanne, in order to raise their (soon to be) two children in a safe and sane environment. They opened a school in 2000, to train actors for film and television. Scott's clients include series-regulars on shows like LOST, North Shore, and Baywatch and actors appearing in: Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull, Cougar Town, Hawaii Five-0, ER, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Rundown, Tears of the Sun, Blue Crush, Lilo & Stich, and many more. Scott still serves as acting coach on many of the film and television projects that shoot in the islands (some $200 to $400 million worth of production shoots in Hawaii, each year).
Scott is a 30+ year member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild, where he sits on the National Board of Directors and serves on the National SAG Conservatory Committee. He's taught acting to hundreds of actors, in classes all over the world. He has auditioned more than 15,000 actors for various productions and his students appear on TV, Film, & on Broadway, daily.