Foreword by Steve Carell
Chapter One: Getting Started
Chapter Two: Headshots, Getting in the Union, and Building Your Resume
Chapter Three: How to Find, Get, and Keep an Agent or Manager
Chapter Four: Auditioning, Rejection, and How to Persevere
Chapter Five: You Got a Job! How Things Work on a Television or Film Set
Chapter Six: The Journey
Actor Interviews: Sharing the Brushstrokes
About the Author
Jenna Fischer is best known for playing Pam Beesly on the
acclaimed television show The Office, for which she received
an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and two SAG Awards
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Comedy.
After wrapping The Office, Fischer went on to star in the UK/SKY B limited series You, Me and the Apocalypse along with Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally. She also starred in the Off-Broadway play Reasons to Be Happy, written and directed by Neil LaBute. Most recently, Fischer was on stage in the world premiere of Steve Martin's newest absurdist play Meteor Shower for a record-breaking run at the Old Globe Theatre.
Fischer's film credits include The Giant Mechanical Man (which she also produced), The Farrelly Brothers' comedy Hall Pass, Solitary Man, opposite Michael Douglas, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, produced by Judd Apatow, and Blades of Glory, opposite Will Ferrell. She is upcoming in the Mike White feature Brad's Status starring Ben Stiller.
"I loved reading Jenna's honest and sincere appraisal of the
actualities of breaking into, finding one's way, and then thriving
in this business. I hope it is given out as a guidebook of sorts to
any young actor when they land at LAX."
"In The Actor's Life, Jenna Fischer lays out exactly what aspiring actors can expect from this crazy, unpredictable industry both practically and emotionally. Nothing is sugar-coated, nor is it cynical. It's just reality, plain and simple. At every level of success, we are all just artists trying to figure it out day by day. That's the truth."
"If I had Jenna's book when I was a struggling actor it would have eased the pain and encouraged my journey. This is an insightful, funny, sweet story from one actor to another; we all need a leg up, a hand to hold, and the encouragement to keep going when we truly find our passion. Jenna manages to do that and more in this very helpful guide for an actor finding their way into the business."
"How lucky for those who dream that Jenna Fischer has written this book and candidly explained the hard work, persistence, and delusion required to become a working actor. This book is generous, practical, and in the right hands will be a talisman for the deserving few who refuse to give up."
-Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men
"Jenna Fischer's story is an excellent resource for anyone who is involved in the life of an actor. Much of this information was new to me; I have always respected the actor's journey, but now I am in awe of it. It's also entertaining from beginning to end."
-Allison Jones, Casting Director