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					CONTENTS
Preface - 6
Introduction - 7
The One-Minute Guide to Start Your Career - 7
Underage - 7
Start immediately and get paid - 8
Who you know - 8
What's in this book - 9
Expect the unexpected - 11

SECTION ONE --THE MOVIE BUSINESS
         Chapter I          Getting Started
                  Part 1 – Be Prepared
                            Agents? - 12                                          Managers - 14
                            Video Reel - 14                                       Acting classes? - 15
                            Workshops - 16                                        What’s a headshot? - 16
                            I do not have a headshot -17                          Resumes, I have not done any movies yet? - 17
                            So now I wait for them to call? - 18                  Headshots and snapshots II - 19
                            Photo session - 20

                  Part 2 – If You Are Not Near A Movie
                             Where are the movies? - 22                                Yeah, but where are the movies? - 22
                             Finding the movies - Film commissions and Hotlines - 22   Movie Fax numbers - 24
                             800 number - 24                                           Phone card - 25


         Chapter II Being There
                  Part 1 – Who Else is There?
                            Crew and Cast – 26
                            Wardrobe - 27
                            Hair and Make up – 28
                            Craft Services – 29

                  Part 2 – Your Long Day
                            I.D. and S.S.# - 30                                Getting paid - 30
                            your voucher - 31                                  Sitting and doing nothing - 32
                            Donuts then coffee - 32                            Being an Extra – 33
                            Extra Do nots - 35                                 Trying to work as much as possible - 36
                            Lunch - 37


         Chapter III – The Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG)
               Part 1 – The Law and the Lie
                            Who is the union? - 39                              Is the Union everywhere? - 39
                            SAG Jurisdiction and Limited SAG agreement - 40     SAG AND THE PENALTY - 40
                            SAG Lie - 40                                        To Join or not to join. - 40

                  Part 2 – Becoming a Member
                       Why, how, and how much - 41                        Right to Work - 42
                       Become SAG eligible - 43                           Appeal to SAG - 43
                       Union Pay - 44                                     Lust and luck for vouchers - 44
                       3 vouchers only - 44                               SAG purgatory - 45
                       SAG eligible in right to work state - 45




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      Part 3 – Once You Join
             SAG residence - 46                          SAG skills and pluses - 46
             SAG/AFTRA HOTLINES - 46                     SAG Benefits - 47
             SAG deferred – 47


Chapter IV - Opportunities
      Part 1 – Finding Better Work
             Do not be an extra? - 48                      Open casting calls - 49
             Meet the director - 49                        Online - the internet world - 50
             Agents on Line - 50


      Part 2 – Get Ready For It.
             Auditions - 51                               One Minute Acting - 53
             Call backs - 53                              Slates - 54
             Networking - 54                              Everything is favoritism - 55

Chapter V – New York
      Why you should not go to New York if you do not live in the area - 56
      Why you should go to New York - 57

Chapter VI - California v. The World
      Intro - Forget everything I’ve heard
              Part 1 – Living There
                      A. How To Get to California - 59
                      B. The Commute -
                               Traffic - 59
                               Pay the stupid quarter - 60
                               Accidents Cannot happen - 60
                               Thomas Guide, well worth the extortion - 60
                               Highway hunting season - 61
                               Roads are not for cars - 61
                               Car Insurance - 62
                      C. The Finance
                               Banking - 62
                               Check cashing businesses - 63
                               Buying food - 64
                      D. The Home
                               House furnishings - 64
                               SVDP - 64
                               Animals and Roommates - 65
                               Apartments and Hostels - 65
             Part 2 – California Actors
                      Bread Lines - 66
                      Touch my chair and I’ll tell on you - 66
                      Politics, Religion, No. Astrology, yes - 67
                      Go to work to work - 67
                      Tell you what you already know - 67

             Part 3 - Working
                      A. GETTING PLUGGED IN
                              The search for an agent - 68
                              Spec’ing - 68
                              Fear of Spec’ing - 68
                              Calling service vs. extra casting agents - 68
                              The somewhat elite - 69
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                            B. WHEN YOU ARE UNPLUGGED
                                   Hiatus - 69
                                   Headshots to studios - 69
                                   Pilots and defeats - 70
                                   If you survive - 70


SECTION TWO - BE PREPARED
           Must know movie vernacular – 72                 List of Right to work states - 75
           Sample resume – 76                              Futility of online acting companies - 75
SECTION THREE - WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
           Hotlines - 78
           Film Commissions - 78
           SAG offices numbers and addresses - 84
           Periodicals - 87
           Mass Photo production - 88


SECTION FOUR--FILES FROM THE GRATEFUL EXTRA TOUR
           The Map - 88
           The Players and what has happened - 89

    Chapter 1 – Before the Tour- GA., AL., VA., LA., CA.
            What we drove and what we packed – 89               Andersonville in Georgia - 90
            Tom and Huck in Alabama - 91                        Emmy on First Kid and Shadow Conspiracy in VA - 92
            Tinkle, tinkle, little star - 93                    Neill auditioning and sleeping in his car in Virginia - 93

    Chapter 2 – June, the Tour is Official – Wilmington, NC and Richmond, VA
            Andersonville reshoots in North Carolina - 94          Trying to get on the set - 94
            Finally meeting in Wilmington - 95                     Sleeping in the car with an open window - 96
            More first kid in Virginia - 96                        Roller Skating in Midlothian - 97
            A Waiter in Richmond - 97


    Chapter 3 – July, Virginia, D.C., Philly and Pittsburgh
            Rain delay on The Shadow Conspiracy - 98                  Sleeping in Hamilton, VA - 99
            Tysons Corner, VA - 100                                   Working 24 hours straight - 100
            Long nights on The Shadow in D.C. - 101                   Watermelon Woman in Philadelphia - 102
            Diabolique in Pittsburgh - 103                            Last of the Shadow in Richmond - 104
            Late nights in Richmond - 105                             Working 24 hours straight, again - 105
            First Kid in D.C. - 106

    Chapter 4 – August, Baltimore, Atlanta, Wilmington, Virginia
           Auditioning in Baltimore - 107
           My Fold, Emmy's gold on First Kid - 107
           Emmy's Homicide - 108
           Neill on Lolita in Wilmington, N.C. - 109

    Chapter 5 – September, Baltimore, Virginia, Atlanta, Mississippi, Louisiana
           Philadelphia casting call in Baltimore - 110          Linda Barr's and Cats and Dogs - 110
           Neill in Mississippi on A Time To Kill - 112          Commercial for Neill? - 113
           Batting for Emmy, bumping for Neill - 114             800 reasons for cellular - 114
           Going Commercial - 114
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Chapter 6 – October, New York, Atlanta, Wilmington
   Purgatory in Georgia - 116                            Neill gets typecast and an attitude - 116
   Emmy gets the girl - 116                              Neill in N.Y.C. - 117
   The Long Island - 117                                 Barking dogs - 118
   First nibble on the apple - 119                       It helps to know somebody - 119
   N.Y. to N.J. to P.A. to G.A., hopefully - 120         Stand by stand in - 121


Chapter 7 – November – Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi
       Pay to play - 122
       More A Time To Kill - 123
       Running and Bonding - 124

Chapter 8 – December – Time To Quit in Canton, Miss.
       Outside it is frightful - 125
       Gotta work, gotta work, gotta work - 125
       A new year - 126

Chapter 9 – The Year of Living Aimlessly – January - Memphis
       Neill and Emmy V. Larry Flynt - 126

Chapter 10 – February – “Savannah” and Tennessee Prisons
       Savannah - 129
       Who’s the prisoner, who’s the actor - 130

Chapter 11 – March – Jackson to Memphis
      Audition disaster - 131
       More Grisham - 132
       Nudity Loves Company – 132
       The Memphis, Jackson Commute - 133

Chapter 12 – April/May – Jackson/Memphis II
       The Untitled Mississippi Project - 135
       Sore, inside and out - 136

Chapter 13 – May/June – Mississippi to California
       So we Loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly - 138
       Terry, come in Terry, where are you? - 138
       Stretching a single motel room into a quad - 139
       A/C does it. 2 out of 3 cars survive - 139

Chapter 14 – How us Non-Westerners Fit In
       Hiatus - 141                                    Plugging in - 142
       Our second calling service - 142                Spec’ing - 142
       SAG in the family - 143                         Progress in the industry - 143
       Crime - 143

Chapter 15 – The Movies We Had Success On
       Schumacher reprise - 145             Frankenheimer reprise - 146
       Other Shows - 147                    One rung up - 148
       Crews and Extras II - 152
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The Shows                           The Casters & Crew                                 The Stars                      The Friends
3rd rock from the Sun 137           Beverly Blake 107                                  Alec Baldwin 124               Barb Eckmann 82 122
12 Monkeys 86                       Bo Bobak 114                                       Arnold Schwarzenegger 103      125 129
13th Floor 81                       Bruno Kirby 45 102 103                             Beth Toussaint 118             Buddy Smith 106
Andersonville 24 84-86 88-91        Connie Suhr 101 108 112 118                        Bob Denver139                  Chelsea Berryman 90
101 110 113 115 117 123 124         Cynthia Stillwell 14                               Bruce McKinnon 138             Clay Cranford 126 134
134 137                             David Mickey Evans 99                              Bruce Winant 88                141
Against the Wall 89                 Francine Thomas 105 106                            Bruno Kirby 45 102 103         Connie Suhr 101 108
America’s Most Wanted 135           Gray Matthews 139                                  Brutal Poodle 140              112 118
Arliss 138                          James Sbardellati 134                              Charles Rocket 86              Danny Vinson 82 114
Austin Powers IMOM 131              Jamie Crumley 114 133                              Charlie Sheen 86 92 98         120 122 124 141
Baseketball 029                     James Dillon 138                                   Charlton Heston 64             Donna Waterworth and
Batman & Robin 65 133               Jimbo Barnett 8 136                                Clancy Imislund134             Teresa Fitzgerald 82 93
Boogie Nights 137                   Jo Doster 117 122                                  Crispin Glover 116             98 99
Burning Zone 032 139                Joel Schumacher 115 133                            Courtney Love 117              Edwina Seaman 109
Cannonball Run 126                  John Frankenheimer 88 89 134                       Danny Vinson 82 114 120        Eva Ford 8 26 65 82
Cats & Dogs 104 113                 John Michael McCarthy 121 122 136 140              122 124 141                    122 124 125 126 127
‘Cept Jim 116                       John Waters 114                                    David Duchovny 100             128 129 131 133 134
Chamber15 120-122                   Kim Petrosky 85 116 117 123                        Donald Sutherland 94           137 138 141
Chicken Motel 53                    Lisa Parks 97                                      Dustin Hoffman 139             Gracie 64
Cigarette Girl 140                  Mali Finn 120 121                                  Fred Coffin 90                 Hillary Barber 109
Client (TV) 50 52 85 108            Pat Moran101                                       Frederick Forrest 89           Jacque Lawson 132
Close Encounters 100                Peter Merwin 134                                   Greg Lauren 115                Jamie Crumley 114 133
Curious Case of Benjamin            Ramsey Scott 115                                   Hulk Hogan 138                 Jeff Stone 111
Button 136                          Rob Reiner 124                                     Jeremy Irons 101               Jim Spencer 112
Cultivision 140 141                 Shirley Crumley 45 105 121 136                     Jamie Luner 118                Jimbo Barnett 8 136
Dangerous Minds (TV) 013            Tanya Sullivan 93 101 111                          John Waters 114                John Michael McCarthy
Dark Pines, AL 140                  Theresa Philips 45 121                             John Grisham 115               121 122 136 140
Dark Skies 046 135 138              Todd Murata 129                                    Johnny Gill 18                 Jude Walko 19
Diabolique 96 97                    William Logue 104                                  Katie Jordan 116               Kim Barfield 82 122
Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman 66        The Shows continued                                Kevin Spacey 115               125 127 129 131 133
138                                 Past Life 23                                       Linda Hamilton 92 94 126       134 137 140
Eddie 110                           Pecker 58 141                                      Lisa Eichorn 93                Kim Petrosky 85 116
Eraser103                           Phantom of the Opera 112                           Mare Winnigham 134             117 123
Face Off 042 131                    Pirates of the Caribbean 136                       Matthew McConaughey 105        Laurie Walsh 109
Fargo123 124                        People V. Larry Flynt 50 116 117 119 121 122 125   Mike Myers 140                 Linda Barr 43 98 103
Fat Chance 87 106 111               People V. Leo Frank 140                            O. J. Simpson 109              104
First Kid 82 86 87 90-94 98-101     Pleasantville 131 135                              Octavia Spencer 105 114 129    Mary Willis 122
105 139                             Power Rangers 138                                  136                            Mike Millner 112
Flick Freaks & Fiends 116           Positive 042                                       Ray Wise 118                   Molly Stern109 111
Fried Green Tomorrows 80 140        Robocop 118                                        Richard Belzer 102             Nancy Collins 53 103
Friends 137                         Santa With Muscles 138                             Rob Morrow 116                 Nancy Stone 53
George Wallace 134                  Savannah 115 118                                   Rob Reiner 124                 Octavia Spencer 105
Ghosts of Mississippi 026 122-      Season in Purgatory 108 110 139                    Robert Wuhl 138                114 129 136
125 129 131 136 139                 Seinfeld 026 137                                   Robin Lively 118               Paul Reuter 110
Grapes of Wrath 126                 Shadow Conspiracy 61 86 90-95 97-99 103 109        S. Epatha Merkerson 95         Ramsey Scott 23
Green Mile 021 059                  138                                                Sam Waterston 95               Randy Collin 93
Homicide: Life in the Streets 100   Silk Stalkings 85                                  Sandra Bullock 94              Scott Brantley 15 89
101-103 114 115                     Silo3Jane 88                                       Scott Brantley 15 89 134 141   134 141
Jack the Dipper 121                 Smokey & the Bandit 126                            Shannon Sturges 118            Shelley Coates 43 95 97
Jerry Maguire 135 139               Sore Losers 121 122 124 125 137                    Sharon Stone 96                100
Jingle all the Way 95 137           Talladega Nights 56 96 136                         Sinbad 86                      Shirley Crumley 45 105
L.A. Confidential 120               Time To Kill 34 94 105 106 112 114 117 121 122     Stephen Lang 98                121 136
Last Dance 85 116                   126 129 136 139                                    Steve Harris89                 Stephanie Revercomb
Last Laugh 135                      Titanic 120                                        Tim Parati 115 117             92
Law & Order 95 111                  Tom & Huck 85 86 88 105 114 122 136                Patrick Dempsey 108 112        Susan Ferguson 105 106
Leatherheads 136                    Touch of Danger 100 106                            Timothy Busfield 86 100 101    114 117 122
Letters from a Killer 031           Twin Peaks 118                                     Tom Cruise 55 139              Susan Stamps 117
Living Single 135                   Volcano131                                         Wayne Knight 137               Terry Ostovich 82 117
Lolita 050 101 102 110              Warm Springs 69 137                                William Faulkner 136           121 122 124 125 126
Mad City139                         Walk the Line 136                                  Wilbur Fitzgerald 137          127 128 129 131 133
Matrix 120                          Water World 85                                     William H. Macy 33 123 124     137 141
Miss Saigon88                       Watermelon Woman 96                                129 135                        Theresa Philips 45 121
Mississippi Burning 123             Wild Wild West 025                                 William Sanderson 90 134       Thomas Keating 112
Pacific Blue131                     Wedding Band 111                                   Woody Harrelson 119 120        Todd Borek 138
Party of 5 034                      White Squall 107                                   122                            W.C. 105


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