THE ACTOR TAKES A MEETING
How to Interview Successfully with Agents, Managers, Producers, and Casting Directors
By Stephen Book
(Silman-James Press, 265 pages, 6×9, 1-879505-89-6, $18.95 paper)
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Actors are always taking meetings to advance their careers. Seeking representation, management, auditions, or projects, they meet with agents, managers, producers, and casting directors. Many of these meetings are unsuccessful because the actor presents him or herself inadequately.
With minimal self-awareness and authenticity, actors frequently conduct themselves in a meeting as victims or manipulators. This leads to being seen as an undesirable working partner, regardless of acting abilities or credits.
The Actor Takes A Meeting is the first book to address the actor’s presentation of him or herself at an interview or meeting. It shows actors how to be the host of the meeting and the initiator of an exciting experience resulting in the interviewer looking forward to seeing them again. This usually results in offers of representation, auditions, and participation in projects.
Stephen Book has written a must-read book for actors who don’t understand why their career is not advancing or who blame it on lack of effective representation. He offers guidance and exercises in Losing the Victim Stance, Becoming Authentic, Attitude Transformation, and Creating an Experience. Actors learn startling and myth busting truths, including, you will blow it: if the interviewer looks at your resume during the meeting, or if you answer a question with a prepared riff about yourself, or if you are on your best behavior! Actual interviews of four actors are presented at the end of each chapter. Their remarkable transformation is a vivid capturing of the results and benefits found in The Actor Takes A Meeting.
|“Book so beautifully articulates the psychology behind the interview process that I heartily recommend his book to every actor I know—and to anyone else who interviews often but wonders why his or her success rate is so darn low.”
|“The Actor Takes A Meeting is an innovative and exceptional book about losing one’s fear and learning how to take charge of any meeting. It gave me tremendous insight into the actor’s process.”
-Barry Josephson, former President of Columbia Pictures, Producer (Men In Black)
|“If I hadn’t learned how to interview from Stephen Book, my career would not have taken off so quickly. This book is indispensable for actors on the way up.”
-David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones)
|“If you are not happy with where your career is at, it might not be your talent; it might be your meeting skills. The Actor Takes A Meeting is the first complete and comprehensive guide to insure a successful meeting. Bravo!”
-Mary Goldberg, Manager, former Casting Director for New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater
|“The Actor Takes A Meeting is a guide to changing the actor’s fear into authenticity and presence. This book is a gift to the actor.”
-April Webster, Casting Director (Lost, Star Trek Beyond)
|“Until Stephen taught me how to take a meeting, I was always shooting myself in the foot. His technique has cleaned up all that self-destructive behavior and smoothed the way for making the transition from stand-up to acting and starring in a series. Now, I can be in a room with the most powerful people in show business and shine.”
-Christopher Titus (Titus)
|“As someone who has worked on both sides of the business, I can tell you firsthand that Stephen Book gets it exactly right. If you want to walk into a meeting or an audition with the kinds of tools and knowledge that give you the confidence to be your absolute best, The Actor Takes a Meeting is a book you should study and enjoy.”
-Grant Heslov, Academy Award-winning Producer (Argo)
|"I applaud another valuable Book book. Stephen gives great advice to actors about not falling into the victim trap, owning the space and finding the right attitude for success.”
-Rick Pagano, Casting Director (X-MEN 3: The Last Stand, 24)
|"If you're not getting the representation or acting jobs you deserve, this is the book for you. Stephen Book illustrates exactly what you've been doing wrong and how to correct it. As a former agent, manager, and producer I've taken countless meetings with actors who desperately needed this advice. He even paints a clear picture of how I've been reacting to what you've been doing wrong. I had no idea it was that transparent.”
-Bruce Smith, President, OmniPop Talent Group
|"This is a wonderful book - filled with valuable information which every actor needs in order to participate within the industry without losing ones sense of self."
-Peter Levine, Creative Artists Agency
|“Stephen Book’s interview technique is one of the most valuable tools for the actor. It is a “how-to” for making an authentic connection. I vividly remember one of the best general meetings I had - It was easy, fun and the time just flew by. As we were saying goodbye and I finally glanced at her resume, I saw that she had indeed studied with Stephen Book. I was not surprised.”
-Liz Dean, Casting Director (Nip/Tuck, Major Crimes)
|“This smart, practical guide to getting what you want gives the actor invaluable tools for climbing the show biz ladder.”
-Gene Parseghian, Parseghian Planco Management
|“Powerful! Most actors don’t even know that they blow it in meetings. Read this book and see what you are doing wrong and how to fix it.”
-Tom Parziale, President, Visionary Entertainment
|“Through reading Book’s book and doing the exercises you develop the confidence to own the meeting.”
-Bernard Carneol, COO, Progressive Artists Agency
|“Finally, a guide for any actor who is having difficulty with the all important meetings that are essential for a successful career. Whether it be feelings of insecurity, victimization, or second guessing one self, guidance and exercises can be found in this book to gain confidence and ease the stress in meeting with agents, producers and casting directors.”
-Terry Berland, Commercials Casting Director
|“This is a revolutionary book. To teach actors how to get what they want through honesty, presence and self-empowerment is not only bold and daring, but also healthy for the soul.”
-Todd Black, Academy Award-nominated Producer (Fences)