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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...

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

Book chapter

...I’m not selling Cadillacs. I’m selling human beings. I’m selling artist’s souls. I’m looking for brilliant actors that I think can break, who either have hopes of breaking or who come very close to breaking. An actor must respect my...

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

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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...

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

Continuum, 2008

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...While popular culture might lead one to believe that Los Angeles consists only of the shiny office towers, . . . the blighted streets of South Los Angeles, the endless suburban tracts of the San Fernando Valley, and the gated estates...

Auditioning

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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...The agent and the casting person are not employers, they are frankly impediments standing between the actor and the audience. Does that mean they should be ignored? Well, many times they cannot be. There they are. But they, and their job...

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

Continuum, 2008

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...Talent agent commissionsLegal feesTravelFor Auto mileage Parking fees Tolls Taxi, train, airfare, bus fare Car rental Lodging Meals Auto mileageParking feesTollsTaxi, train, airfare, bus fareCar...

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

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...It’s somehow symbolic of Hollywood that Tara was just a facade, with no rooms inside.2,700 film and television production companiesOver 600 casting directorsApproximately 240 talent agents600 management firms117,000 members of SAG (Screen...

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

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...Showfax/Actors Accesshttp://www.Actorsaccess.com(310) 385-6920NowCastinghttp://www.nowcasting.com60 East Magnolia BoulevardBurbank, CA 91502(818) 841-7165Breakdown Serviceshttp://www.breakdownservices.comLos Angeles (310) 276-9166New York...

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

Continuum, 2008

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...We all have passionate beliefs and opinions about the art of acting. My own are new only insofar as they have crystallized for me. I have spent most of my life in the theater and know that the learning process in art is never over....

Working in 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

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...All this nostalgia about the “golden age” of Hollywood is almost laughable. Hollywood hasn’t changed in the ways that count. No matter how we romanticize them, the golden years were hard work, as they are today. The fight is still between...