ACTING: Make It Your Business

How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor


The Most 5-Star Rated Best-Selling Book for Actors

on Auditioning & the Business of Acting!

(88 Reviews)

ACTING: Make It Your Business - How to Avoid Mistakes & Achieve Success as a Working Actor puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium – stage, film, TV, or the Internet – directly into the hands of the actor. Well-known actors, powerful agents of Broadway and Hollywood make cameos throughout, offering newcomers and working professionals alike a clear-eyed, uncensored perspective on survival and advancement in the entertainment industry.

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Hollywood & Broadway Actors, Casting Directors, Talent Agents & Directors

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ACTING Make It Your Business

"Humorous and witty...

Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, anywhere in the world, take note:

This is your roadmap!"

-- BERNARD TELSEY, casting director, CSA
(Mary Poppins Returns, This Is Us, Hamilton, RENT - Live!)


"All the right questions asked & answered...
and with a generous portion of good humor!"

-- SUZANNE RYAN, casting director, CSA
(Law & Order,Unforgettable)


"I LOVE this book!"

Paul's book tells you what you don't want to hear but really need to know

EVERY actor should read this book!"

-- DIANE RILEY, Senior Legit Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates


"Paul's book made me proud to be a part of this community we call 'show!'"

-- KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award-Winning Actress


"Paul Russell's words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!"

-- KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner
Bret Adams, Ltd.


"For the serious actor trying to make it, not reading this book is a sin. I highly recommend it to beginners and veterans alike."



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About ACTING: Make It Your Business

Fifteen illustrated chapters include advice from well-known LA screen stars, Broadway actors, power talent agents, and casting director, director and Back Stage contributor Paul Russell. Exclusive in-depth guidance for artists on perfecting and improving the building blocks of a stronger acting career.

Hard-copy and digital editions of ACTING: Make It Your Business include up-to-date info on:

  • How to Improve Audition Techniques & Strengthen Organic Acting

  • Build Skills for when Meeting & Auditioning for Casting, Directors, Producers and Talent Representatives

  • How to Secure a Thriving Relationship With a Talent Agent

  • The Business of Acting: How to Be A Continual Working Actor

  • Where's the Best Actor Training: The Industry Approved Schools

  • Modernize Actor Marketing for the Digital Age

  • How To Negotiate Contracts Fearlessly

  • Discover How Stars and Creatives Manage Success & Overcome Challenges

ACTING: Make It Your Business is required reading at BFA & MFA acting training programs including:

"I had my “Business of Acting” (BFA Seniors) class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and

ACTING: Make It Your Business came out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!

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About the author...



Paul Russell

Paul Russell's career as a casting director, director, and former actor spans over thirty years. He's worked on projects for major film studios (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros.), television networks (NBC, CBS, HBO), Broadway, and directs at TONY® award-winning theaters.

As a director featured in American Theatre Magazine Russell worked with legendary playwright John Guare directing the regional premiere of Mr. Guare’s A Free Man of Color. Paul Russell directed the 1st post-Broadway production of MAMMA MIA!

He teaches master classes at universities including: Elon, Wright State University, Illinois Weslyan University, Rutgers University, Emory & Henry College, and Louisiana State University. Russell taught the business of acting for NYC-Tisch's acting program at The Atlantic Theatre Company.

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"This book is a necessity for any actor, young or old, who is in the business or hopes to be in the business. READ IT."

-- RICHARD ROSE, Producing Artistic Director
Barter Theatre
(TONY-award recipient for excellence in regional theater)


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