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The Unions

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

Continuum, 2008

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... and costs before doling out what might represent one’s life savings or mother’s pin money just to join one. A Brief History As the financial optimism of the 1880s gave way to the working class angst and violence of the 1890s, the turn...

Moving to Los Angeles “Simple Is as Simple Does”

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

Continuum, 2008

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...I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.From the official Web...

Bookkeeping

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

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... the actor as an employee signs, receives W-2s at the end of the year from each employer, and files a tax return reporting this income along with any other nonacting income, just as in any other profession. Nonunion projects do not hire actors...

The Business of Hollywood

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

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... and Burbank Studios; and GE, with interests in both film and television, has acquired NBC and Universal Studios, itself bought and sold since the 1960s like an old war horse. Profit and profit alone drives these behemoths, not creativity...

Living in Los Angeles

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

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... of 66 degrees can swell to 110 or fall to below freezing, all within a few days (Los Angeles Almanac, “Temperature Normals and Records”). The most populous U.S. county and second-largest U.S. city are also demographically the most diverse....

Continuing Education and Training

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

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... such as Chicago. Acting Studios For actors who have already obtained academic training and now seek to sharpen or mold their acting technique, the legacy of the Group Theatre of the 1930s and ’40s still dominates actor training in Los Angeles,...

The Casting Game

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

Continuum, 2008

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... almost anywhere in the world. Major U.S. and international cities post their own Craigslist Web site. One of the many categories of ads is “TV/Film/Video.” One will find job postings for talent and crew listed daily. Craigslist is open...

Marketing Tools

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

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... you to choose the shots you would like to have enlarged to 8x10s. The final choice will ultimately be subjective and may not even be yours to make. Talent agents or managers generally preempt the actor’s choice based upon their expertise....

Talent Agents and Personal Managers

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

Continuum, 2008

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... commissionable income. They will sign that actor to either a SAG Agency Contract if they are SAG franchised, or to a General Services Contract if they are not. How Does A Talent Agent Find New Actors To Represent? In the 1980s, talent agents...

Surviving in Los Angeles

Jon S. Robbins

Jon S. Robbins teaches Arts Management at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He began his professional career as a working actor in Los Angeles in 1978, appearing in many professional plays, commercials and films including Americathon and The Girl Who Saved the World. He has been working in education since 1986. He continues to work as a professional actor in Hollywood and the Seattle areas. Jon also maintains a blog, http://www.thesurvivalguide.net/ that provides current business information for artists of all stripes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Survival Guide : How To Make Your Way in Hollywood

Continuum, 2008

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...It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation...