The acting profession is a tough one. It’s not enough to be good. It’s not enough to be excellent. You also have to understand the industry if you want to get anywhere.
Actor’s Guide to Getting Work by Simon Dunmore was one of the first books I read on the business of being an actor. A new edition is coming out and I would like to recommend it to all students who are thinking of going into the performing arts and all teachers who at some point will advise young people who are considering a career in acting.
After reading the book, I was lucky to meet Simon myself, so you might think I might be a bit biased recommending his book. Maybe. Have a look at this article in The Stage for someone else’s recommendation.