The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

Jenna Fischer?s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was certain everything would fall easily into place. Never mind that she didn?t know a single person in the entertainment industry. She was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wron Jenna Fischer?s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Lou...

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Title:The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
Author:Jenna Fischer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1944648224
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:252 pages pages

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide Reviews

  • Lindsey
    Apr 11, 2018
    I'm not the intended audience for this book, but I loved Jenna on "The Office," and the book was on sale, so I decided to pick it up anyway. While I'm not an aspiring actor, I still enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes stuff that actors go through. It gave me a whole new appreci...
  • Jada
    Jan 29, 2018
    I've never had an interest in being an actor but I started reading this because I love learning about the way things work. I finished reading it because it was a really good, easy read. It's written in a friendly, light, easily digestible tone which is driven by personal and effective ...
  • Ginger
    Apr 23, 2018
    I'm not an aspiring actor but I?m glad I read this book anyway. It was interesting and I was able to apply some of her ideas, tips and encouragements to other areas of my life. In general I loved hearing people?s stories and the behind the scenes tidbits. ...
  • Carmen Marie
    Jan 15, 2018
    4.5 Stars. There was a time, I confess, when I desperately wanted to be on a sitcom. Okay, it was the '80s when there was no shortage of family sitcoms. Those kids on Growing Pains and Family Ties always looked like they were having so much fun! I reasoned that I was a kid who liked...
  • Deb
    Apr 26, 2018
    I'm between 3 and 4 stars but rounding up because I read it as a Jenna Fischer fan and not an aspiring actor--the audience it is intended for. I adore Jenna Fischer and I knew going in it was mainly a book about career advice for beginning actors. I loved her stories about her star...
  • Candice
    May 28, 2018
    This book is up there with Tina Fey's Bossypants. What I appreciate about Jenna Fischer is the way she looks out for those up and comers who don't have "connections" in NY, LA or Chicago. This is a great read for aspiring actors but also for those who love television, film and pop cult...
  • Eryn
    Apr 17, 2018
    I was not the intended audience for this book; I picked it up hoping it would be more of a straight biography. Though she does share much of her story, this is truly first and foremost a guidebook trough professional actordom. As someone who has never dreamed of being an actor, and nev...
  • Keith Chawgo
    Jan 10, 2018
    Jenna Fischer?s phenomenal book ?The Actor?s Life? is factual, funny and a fantastic guide to the world of acting. This is one of those books that is informative, personable yet so enjoyable that you can?t stop reading. I am not an actor but I personally loved this book and i...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Mar 04, 2018
    Pam Beesly wrote a book, ya?ll! Well, that?s not entirely true; Jenna Fischer, actress extraordinaire, wrote a book and it is super informative for the novice actor and enlightening for the day dreamers like me. How in the world do you get a start in Tinseltown? Lovable Jenna, ri...
  • Amanda
    Aug 19, 2018
    I really, really liked this. I picked it up because Jenna Fischer is a fellow Truman State alum and I?m rewatching The Office, but it was more than I expected. It?s one part memoir, one part advice, one part ?how the sausage is made? of the tv industry. I would recommend this t...
  • Kirra
    Feb 17, 2018
    I basically inhaled this fantastic book from Jenna Fischer and enjoyed reading about her life so much. This isn?t a book about a famous actor and their rise to fame and it isn?t a comedy biography, this is a handbook on how to make it as an actor. Jenna goes through the steps with ...
  • Jessica
    Jan 05, 2018
    This was fascinating. As a non-actor it was really interesting to get a peek behind the curtain. Mostly because I don't actually have to follow all of this advice! The first couple chapters are clunky and full of "I took myself so seriously, isn't that silly?!" But after that she s...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Oct 27, 2017
    This is written by Jenna Fischer who played on the hit show "Office" for years. I was hooked on that show for a long time which gave me an interest in reading her book. It's written mainly as a guide for those who are bitten by the acting bug and really as a way to help them with tips ...
  • Miatta
    Nov 29, 2017
    This book is basically an actors textbook. Please, please, please know this. It was perfect for me cause, hey, I'm an actor. Jenna has been giving out amazing information like this for years, via blog posts and podcasts, and I have been waiting for her to publish it. But if you are...
  • John Lamb
    Dec 19, 2017
    Being an actor is not something I ever wanted to pursue, so I am not the intended audience for this book, but I still loved learning about the behind-the-scenes details of trying to make a profession out of acting. ...
  • Lori
    Apr 14, 2018
    I was not sure what kind of genre to put this book under. so I gave it a few genres. Jenna Fischer writes a unique book for people who want to go into the acting business. I am not that person but I found this a very helpful book for those who are interested in becoming an actor. She i...
  • Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Mar 12, 2018
    Enjoyable. Jenna is probably best known for her character on the hit tv series, The Office. I thought this interesting and informative. A light readand helpful to anyone who would like to pursue acting as a career. I requested this title on NG because I was listening to a podcast and J...
  • Lauren
    Mar 24, 2018
    This was a surprise! I?m not an actor. I don?t really know any actors. I would actively discourage anyone I knew from becoming an actor. And yet, I really enjoyed this. Fischer tells the story of of her own Hollywood journey while giving advice and behind-the-scenes information...
  • Anna Schubert
    Aug 25, 2018
    I'm not an actor, so obviously I'm not the target audience for this book. That said, this was a really solid offering in the famous-people-write-about-stuff genre. Hearing about Jenna's experiences from a working-actor perspective was interesting enough to keep me reading! ...
  • Carol Taylor
    Jun 26, 2018
    This was not what I expected but I still liked it, mostly because I really like Jenna. The book is exactly what the title says - A Survival Guide to Being an Actor. Jenna goes through her history of landing the part on The Office which was eight years of very hard work. Jenna was deter...
  • Michael Mazur
    Sep 07, 2018
    I liked Jenna on The Office and follow her on insta so I figured that, despite having no fascination in being an actor, I could find something interesting in this book. Good thing I did. She claims the book is really only for people who intend to begin an acting career, but it think...
  • Micalla Weinstock
    May 15, 2018
    I didn't know very much about this book before I started it (I avoid reading reviews and descriptions so I go in open-minded), so I didn't realize this is geared toward aspiring actors. I definitely do not fall into that category?ha! I was expecting the story of how Jenna Fischer got...
  • Stephen Pate
    Jun 29, 2018
    ?Every project you finish has value," Jenna Fisher. This book is incredibly insightful and a truly fun read! I originally bought this book for my wife who is pursuing acting, but figured I'd read it in time as well. It's part memoir of Jenna's journey into acting, and part practi...
  • Emily
    Apr 26, 2018
    I love The Office, and this book served as a memoir of Jenna Fischer?s experience as well as a ?how to? guide for acting. Obviously, I?m not an actor and have no interest in being one, but I still found this book really interesting in terms of getting an inside look at how to m...
  • Serena
    May 15, 2018
    This was a really fun, enjoyable read, all about the art and business of acting from Jenna Fischer, star of The Office. It's geared towards actors who are new to the craft, but I think there is a lot in this book to interest those of us who enjoy the work of actors. As always, I also e...
  • Taylor Waters
    Apr 30, 2018
    I wasn't the target audience for this book, but it was still super interesting! Acting is something that I have always been curious/interested in and this book was filled with great information and details on how people work towards making a career out of acting! ...
  • Jackie
    Feb 13, 2018
    This was a quick read. I listened to the audiobook because I liked Jenna?s portrayal of Pam on The Office and wanted to hear more about her life and on-set experiences. I would imagine it?s a helpful, encouraging guide to those thinking about trying to make it as an actor in LA or ...
  • Joelle Gibson
    Aug 10, 2018
    I'm not planning to become an actor any time soon, but if I was this book would have been immensely helpful! I'm just a huge fan of The Office so sort of biased in anything any of those actors produce. I love it all. This book was not only full of interesting information about the indu...
  • Shelby
    Jan 30, 2018
    I love Jenna Fischer! I only picked this book up because I love her so much, so, obviously, none of the information pertained to me. However, she writes beautifully and conversationally without condescending to you. If you were an aspiring actor, this would be the book for you! ...
  • Joey
    Mar 10, 2018
    Jenna Fischer's The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide provides wonderful insight into a world that many aspire to be part of, but few have the drive, determination, and luck to make it in. It took Jenna eight grueling years before she landed her polarizing role of Pam Beasley. The thin...