Books for TV, Film & Theater

Interested in TV, Film or Theater? This book list is for you.

Actor’s Guide (An) – Making It in New York City – Glenn Alterman


Actor’s Guide (An) – Making It in New York City

For any actor in or on the way to New York City, this is the definitive source for advice, winning strategies, marketing techniques, and invaluable insights to being a successful New York actor. Aspiring and established professionals will find this thorough and up-to-the-minute volume chock full of resources and advice about auditioning, making professional connections, promoting one’s self, seeking opportunities in nontraditional venues, finding an apartment, securing “survival jobs,” understanding actor unions, getting headshots, and furthering one’s actor training in New York. This guide also details working as a film extra, careers in print modeling, scams and rip-offs to avoid, opportunities for actors with disabilities, and using the Internet to the fullest advantage.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Actor’s Guide (An): Your First Year in Hollywood (3rd Edition) – Michael Saint Nicholas


Actor’s Guide (An): Your First Year in Hollywood (3rd Edition)

This book reveals not only how to survive your first year in Hollywood, but also how to keep your finances, acting skills, and even your health and well-being on the right track. You’ll discover how to find a place to live and a job to pay the bills, work as an extra, get an appropriate headshot, put together a professional résumé, ace the audition, acquire a SAG card, snag a top-notch agent, handle contracts and prepared once you land the part. Top industry professionals and successful actors provide detailed, first-hand advice and the thorough appendixes make contacting agents, studios, soap operas, and game shows a breeze.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Actor’s Other Career Book (The): Using Your Chops to Survive and Thrive – Lisa Mulcahy


Actor’s Other Career Book (The): Using Your Chops to Survive and Thrive

This indispensable guide shows actors how to think outside the box to seek out and take advantage of jobs in a wide range of fields. The Actor’s Other Career Book pulls back the curtain to reveal more than 50 permanent and temporary positions available in cruise ships, trade shows, retail stores, advertising agencies, corporate settings, education, social outreach, tourist attractions, physical fitness, and much more. A comprehensive listing of organizations, Web sites, companies, and publications provide a wealth of tools.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts (3rd Edition) – Rena Shagan


Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts (3rd Edition)

Solo artists and performing groups of all types will find everything needed to book performances, build tours, and succeed on the road in the third edition of this classic reference. This book has been updated to include information about the revolutionary new ways that performers, managers, and presenters are using the Internet to transform the business of booking live performing events. Special chapters by outside experts provide in-depth information about what presenters need from artists, the technical aspects of touring, the unique demands of touring abroad, and touring through the eyes of the artist. The book includes a Tour Manager’s Resource Kit and numerous other ready-to-use sample materials, including a contract, letter of agreement, technical information questionnaire, performance checklists, calendars, schedules, tour budget model, technical glossary, and much more.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment – Tony Micocci


Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment

This book is the quintessential guide for anyone involved in the touring of live arts and entertainment—as a producer, artist, presenter, agent, manager, or attorney.  It explores and explains relationships among producers, agents, managers, and presenters, negotiating styles, taxation, technology, ethics in professional dealings, booking strategies, nonprofit versus commercial touring, international touring and external factors affecting the field. It also includes nearly 100 pages of appendixes containing engagement contracts, technical riders, deal memos, and representation contracts, with extensive point-by-point analyses of all provisions. This book is available from the website listed below.

Building the Successful Theater Company – Lisa Mulcahy


Building the Successful Theater Company

Everything from finding a performance space, to creating a first season, to promoting your company and production, to designing a long-term plan is discussed in detail in this engaging guide–a sometimes irreverent, always relevant look behind and beyond the curtain of the modern stage troupe. Through personal experience and the “war stories” of esteemed stage veterans, the author reveals the pitfalls, passions, and practicalities of the theater industry. Chapters include developing business and budget plans, rehearsing, attracting attention with publicity and word-of-mouth, adapting to growth, and more. For everyone from the budding professional to the avid audience member wanting the ultimate back stage tour, no other book contains the unique insight and sound advice found in this indispensable reference. This book is available from the website listed below.

Business of Theatrical Design (The) – James L. Moody


Business of Theatrical Design (The)

For theatrical design students and theater professionals, here is the essential guide to marketing your skills, furthering your career, and operating a successful business. In this book, a design veteran of stage, film, television, concert, and special events shares his success secrets for helping costume, scenic, and lighting designers become successful businesspeople. Readers will learn the state of the business and the latest information regarding IRS, state, and business liabilities, salary fee scales, equipment costs, professional organizations, unions and contract issues and much more.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Careers in Technical Theater – Mike Lawler


Careers in Technical Theater

Whether you want to be a theater tech on Broadway or at a regional theater, in Vegas or for a ballet company, this book has everything you need to know to pursue your dream. Learn the specifics of more than twenty different careers from the perspectives of successful theater artists. Chapters focus on specialties that have been around for decades as well as those still emerging in the field, including stage manager, lighting designer, projection designer, scenic carpenter, costume designer, scenic artist, puppeteer, production manager, prop artisan and many more. This book contains detailed information on job duties, estimated earnings, and recommended training institutions. It also gives examples of career trajectories, shows how to locate on-the-job training as an intern, apprentice, or paid worker, and lists valuable resource sites.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Creating Your Own Monologue (2nd Edition) – Glenn Alterman


Creating Your Own Monologue (2nd Edition)

In the second edition of this popular guide, both fledgling and experienced actors will learn how to use their acting skills to write successful monologues, performance art pieces, and one-person plays. This book provides coaching to the reader through each stage of the creative journey, from gathering the essential tools and preparing to write, to getting started, expanding and tightening dialogue, developing character, editing and rewriting, rehearsing the final piece, effectively using feedback, and playing to audiences. Included are interviews with writers and directors, and information about artist’s communities, competitions, and grants.  This book is available from the website listed below.


Opportunities in Animation and Cartooning Careers – Terence J. Sacks


Opportunities in Animation and Cartooning Careers

This book offers job seekers essential information about a variety of careers within the animation and cartooning field and includes training and education requirements, salary statistics, and professional and Internet resources.  It covers the definition and history of cartoons as well as surveying various kinds of work in the field, from comic strips in newspapers to types of animation and the use of computers and technology in animation. It includes interviews with a comic book artist, a Disney producer and director, a comic strip cartoonist, a video editor and others in the field, and gives an idea of what earnings can be expected, along with various career tracks and ideas on getting started and submitting work. Appendices include lists of organizations and periodicals as well as major newspaper syndicates and schools.  This book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Promoting Your Acting Career: A Step-by-Step Guide to… – Glenn Alterman


Promoting Your Acting Career: A Step-by-Step Guide to Opening the Right Doors (2nd Edition)

This is the definitive insider’s guide to propelling forward in the worlds of theater, film, and television. Revised and expanded, this popular guide now includes a new section on actor training; new segments on voice, speech, and voiceovers; the latest tips for using the Internet for self-promotion; brand new coverage of daytime serials; and new interviews with working professionals from every realm of entertainment. Also included are a directory of all New York theaters, an actor glossary, material on career consultants, and a view of the entertainment industry post-9/11.  This book is available from the website listed below.


Running Theaters: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers – Duncan M. Webb


Running Theaters: Best Practices for Leaders and Managers

This insightful guide provides crucial tips for all people who work or want to work in regional, campus, and community-based theaters. Proven-successful strategies from managers, staff, and volunteer leaders cover virtually every aspect of running a theater: audience development, fund raising, facility development, programming, community involvement, and much more. Special sections cover physical maintenance, technology in theaters, staff and board development, and education in the arts.  This book is available from the website listed below.


Screenwriter’s Legal Guide (The) – (3rd Edition) – Stephen F. Breimer


Screenwriter’s Legal Guide (The) – (3rd Edition)

One of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in Hollywood provides easy-to-understand, expert advice for writers, agents, attorneys, and film students on all the legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. Breimer gives a concise and enlightening explanation of the screenwriter’s position in the industry, offering an illuminating overview of contracts, options and purchase agreements, writing assignments, copyright, collaboration agreements, the producer’s role, and working with agents and lawyers.  This book is available from the website listed below.


Starting Your Career in Broadcasting: Working On and Off the Air in… – Chris Schneider


Starting Your Career in Broadcasting: Working On and Off the Air in Radio and Television

In this informative and inspiring guide, today’s top broadcasting personalities share how they broke into the business, the often-hilarious mistakes they made along the way, and how they grew personally and professionally. Chapters explore specific on-air and behind-the-scenes jobs, academic programs in broadcasting, how to capitalize on a “big break”, what news and program directors seek in job candidates, weathering the ups and downs of a competitive industry and how professionals of all kinds can host their own talk shows. A special section explains how broadcast ratings are computed and provides tips for dealing with allergies and the common cold in an industry in which the voice is everything.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success – Janet Wilcox


Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success

This book provides the inside scoop on the industry and personal training to help voice-over hopefuls find work in network promos, commercials, documentaries, books on tape, radio, animated films, and more. This rich resource comes with a CD-ROM featuring vocal exercises and interviews with voice-over actors. Readers will discover a treasure trove of useful information, including acting warm-ups, vocal workouts, improv exercises, character work sheets, tips for making demos, casting insights, interviews with show biz heavyweights, advice on getting professional representation and secrets to finding opportunities in traditional and emerging venues.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive – David B. Levy


Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive

For animators looking for their first or next job, here is the comprehensive career guide to answer all their questions. Readers will get insider’s tips on beginning a career, creating a portfolio or reel, meeting local communities of animators, keeping job skills marketable, networking effectively, making the leap from working for others to pitching and selling one’s own work. Expert advice is also provided for getting the most out of school, learning from on-the-job criticism, coping with unemployment, and much more. Invaluable resources such as animation schools, societies, film festivals, studios, Web sites, and publications are also provided.  This book is available from the website listed below.


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U.S. Arts Organizations

By Lisa Canning



Here is a list of  U.S. Arts Organizations to help you or your organization advance and make connections.

State & Regional Partners

State, Regional, and Jurisdictional Art Agencies

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
1029 Vermont Avenue, N.W., 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Regional Arts Organizations

U.S. Regional Arts Organizations Web Site

Arts Midwest
2908 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55408-1954
TT/Voice: 612/341-0901
Member states: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, WI

Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64108
Member states: AR, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street, #401
Baltimore, MD 21202
TT: 410/539-4241
Member states: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, VI, WV

New England Foundation for the Arts
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Member states: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

South Arts
1800 Peachtree Street, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309
Member states: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN

Western States Arts Federation
1743 Wazee Street, suite 300
Denver, CO 80202
Member states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

State and Jurisdictional Arts Agencies

Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1800
TT/Relay: 1-800-548-2546

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 S. Klevin St.#102
Anchorage, AK 99508-1506
TT/Relay AK: 1-800-770-8973

American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture & Humanities
P.O. Box 1540
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 West Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Arkansas Arts Council
1500 Tower Building
323 Center Street, #1500
Little Rock, AR 72201

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, #930
Sacramento, CA 95814
TT: 916/322-6569

Colorado Council on the Arts
1625 Broadway, #2700
Denver, CO 80202

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
1 Constitution Plaza, second floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Delaware Division of the Arts
State Office Building
820 North French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
302/577-8278 (from New Castle County)
302/739-5304 (from Kent or Sussex Counties)
TT/Relay: 1-800-232-5460

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
200 I Street SE, #1400
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 724-5613
TTY/TDD (202) 724-4493

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
R.A. Gray Building, 3rd Floor
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250
TT: 904/488-5779

Georgia Council for the Arts
75 Fifth Street, NW – Suite 1200
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 2950
Tiyan, GU 96932-2950

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts
250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
TTD: 808/586-0740

Idaho Commission on the Arts
2410 North Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, Idaho 83712

Illinois Arts Council
State of Illinois Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601
TT: 312/814-4831

Indiana Arts Commission
100 N. Senate Ave,. Room N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204
TTD: 317/233-3001

Iowa Arts Council
600 East Locust
State Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kentucky Arts Council
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-1987

Division of the Arts
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
1051 North 3rd Street
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street
25 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
TT: 207/287-5613

Maryland State Arts Council
175 West Ostend, Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-333-4519 (TDD)

Massachusetts Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3803
TT: 617/338-9153

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
702 West Kalamazoo
P.O. Box 30705
Lansing, MI 48909-8205

Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
TT/Relay: 612/297-5353

Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street, #701B
Jackson, MS 39201

Missouri Arts Council
Missouri Arts Council
815 Olive Street, Suite 16
St. Louis, MO 63101-1503
toll free 866/407-4752

Montana Arts Council
830 North Warren
Helena, MT 59620-2201
TT/Relay: 1-800-833-8503

Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level
Omaha, NE 68102
TT/Voice: 402/595-2122

Nevada Arts Council
716 North Carson Street, Suite A
Carson City, NV 89701

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH
Concord, NH 03301-4974
TT/Relay: 1-800-735-2964

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
225 West State Street
P.O. BOX 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306
TT: 609/633-1186

New Mexico Arts
Bataan Memorial Building
407 Galisteo St, Ste 270
Santa Fe NM 87501-2641
TT: 505/827-6925

New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
TT: 212/387-7049

North Carolina Arts Council
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649

Commonwealth Council for Arts & Culture
P.O. Box 553, CHRB
CNMI Convention Center
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan, MP 96950

Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
Rhodes State Office Tower
30 E. Broad St., 33rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
TT/Relay: 1-800/750-0750

Oklahoma Arts Council
P.O. Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer Street, NE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97310
TT: 503/378-3772

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Finance Building, Room 216A
Harrisburg, PA 17120
TT/Relay: 800/654-5984

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Apartado 9024184
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-4184

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908
TT: 401/277-3880

South Carolina Arts Commission
1800 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

South Dakota Arts Council
711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3369
TT/Relay: 1-800-622-1770

Tennessee Arts Commission
Citizens Plaza
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243-0780

Texas Commission on the Arts
P.O. Box 13406
Austin, TX 78711-3406
TTY: 512/475-3327

Utah Arts Council
617 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Vermont Arts Council
136 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6001
TT/Relay: 800/253-0191

Virginia Commission for the Arts
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219
TT: 804/225-3132

Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
41-42 Norre Gade, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 103
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Washington State Arts Commission
711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
PO Box 42675
Olympia, WA 98504-2675
TT/Relay: 206/554-7400 or 1-800-833-6388

Arts & Humanities Section
West Virginia Division of Culture & History
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
TT: 304/348-0220

Wisconsin Arts Board
PO Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708-8690
TT: 608/267-9629

Wyoming Arts Council
2320 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
TT: 307/777-5964


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