AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION: I LIKE ACTORS

Actor’s performances have always inspired me. The question I often asked myself is, “Who will be the next star?” because I’m always looking for the next star. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hollywood. As a young girl I tagged along with my dad, Director, Jerry London, as often as possible. I loved being on the television sets with him. As a director of some of the most well known shows of that era, he knew everyone, or at least that’s how it seemed to me. He directed Hogan’s Heroes, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rockford Files, Kojak, Six Million Dollar Man, Wheels, Chiefs and Shogun to name a few. He was the most notable Hollywood Director for Television and mini-series during my formative years.

Not only did I get to visit exotic locations, but I got to observe some of the greatest acting talents of all time. Wonderful actors like, Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, Rock Hudson, Jane Seymour, Richard Chamberlain, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Cosby, James Garner, Edward James Olmos, Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson, Telly Savalas and Danny Glover were just a few of the incredible actors I was able to watch. Their journeys of how they became successful were fascinating to me. I’m not sure when it happened exactly, but I vowed to be part of this exciting business, myself.

Casting was a natural progression for me and it has been a great profession considering my lifelong connection to Hollywood. We have all heard the stories of actors being discovered in places you would least expect, such as Matt Dillon who was discovered by a talent scout who spotted him hanging out in a hallway at his junior high school or Jennifer Lawrence who was discovered while vacationing in New York City. Natalie Portman was discovered while going out for pizza, and Harrison Ford got his big break while working as a carpenter for George Lucas. As he was building cabinets for Lucas’ new office, George asked him to read lines for absent actors starring in his upcoming film, Star Wars. The rest is history!

Being “discovered” is just a part of the journey. Being prepared is a journey of its own! I wrote this book to assist YOU in navigating your career. In this day and age there are so many avenues for actors to showcase their talents. There are so many additional ways to promote yourself, get work and get discovered.

In addition to film, television and theater, people are being discovered every day through the ever-expanding internet media such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Yahoo, Hulu and Web series. In this book, I take you behind the Casting Director’s doors, walking you step by step from getting started, to making the most of your headshot and resume, getting an agent and/or manager and much more. I include how to start promoting yourself and exact steps on how to get the part when auditioning. In some chapters, there are even worksheet pages for you to follow so you can get practical experience.

Also included are interviews with working Hollywood Professionals, including a top agent for young talent, an accomplished manager who has worked with leading actors and actresses of our time, and a Director of many successful television shows.

Anyone who has a dream to act deserves a chance to audition, so I want to share my knowledge and give aspiring actors the road to success. I wish you all the best in your journey.