How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur Now Out In Print

•October 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEExciting news! My acting book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur, is now out in print. It has been selling well and has had some rave reviews. It is everything I have learned in over ten years in the acting industry. Here are some of the reviews:

“The daughter of a friend of mine is in her second year at drama school. She’s good: can sing, can dance, can act – particularly in comedy. So, she has it all? Trouble is, so do so many of the rest of her year group. And so do all of those other aspiring actors in all those drama schools across the country. She’s beginning to ask how she can show she’s different, that she deserves to be remembered from one audition to the next. How she can avoid annoying someone whose off hand influence can close as well as open doors for her?

I’m going to give her a copy of this book. It may be the single most useful thing I ever do for her. How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur by Catherine Balavage is one of those practical, down-to-earth guides which doesn’t try to hide the obstacles and difficulties of choosing an actor’s life but does give solid and sensible, practical, advice on making the best impression and avoiding the worst pitfalls. Equally valuably, Balavage makes suggestions for networking, for working with others to help each other through teamwork (e.g. helping film each other’s showreels), working for nothing except getting your name out there, remembering names, and never, never, never forgetting to say thank you – even when you don’t land the part. She is upfront about the chances of success in acting: ‘Only act if you cannot do anything else. It is the hardest and most competitive industry you can go into. Your chances of success at making a full-time living for the rest of your life are small.’ And then she offers clear and straightforward, practical advice about how to shift the odds just slightly in your favour.

This book seems, at first glance, rather plain, with no images and most chapters simply divided into paragraphs with explanatory headings, or questions followed by responses. I like this format. It’s no-frills and underlines the fact that this is a handbook. A ready reference tool which will be highlighted and annotated by anyone who uses it regularly. The pages of useful contacts and Top Tips are invaluable. I also liked the interviews with others in the profession: the replies to questions overlap with each other in ways which reinforce what Balavage has already said. This reinforces my conviction that this author really is writing from experience and passing on advice distilled from her own hard work. Which I really hope my young friend will take.” Penny Deacon.

“Balavage has written a well balanced exploration of how to succeed as an actor. I am an author, not an actor, but having read How to be a Successful Actor, I feel the two precessions are closely allied. Balavage clarifies the positives and negatives of the profession, and then proceeds to walk us through the ups and downs, giving anyone interested in becoming an actor the tools to maximise their chances.

The basic ingredients, it seems to me, are to utilise common sense and good manners. After all, you will be meeting the the same people on the way up, and then, when times are hard, to be nice out there..

But more than that, we are led by the hand through the nitty gritty of whether to train, or not to train, the virtues of hard work in the face of lack of progress, the need to be glad of any chance to gain experience, and exposure. She explains the need to acquire the necessary skills through classes, and the value of networking.

As I also advise my writing students, Balavage advises actors to watch and analyse their craft, on stage, radio and screen. She emphasises the need for actors to BE their characters, to acquire accents, to keep fit. She moves on to marketing, to the virtues of mobile phones and the internet for spreading the word about YOU,

There is humour: remember to avoid the stunt co-ordinator’s elbows, there are detailed tips: what to do if your mouth dries up (read the book and find out) , there are a forest of useful addresses.
No wonder it took Balavage 4 years to write this book, because she includes a plethora of interviews with experts in the field. What comes across is that Catherine Balavage considers an acting career to be a project, one that needs to have: a firm foundation, on-going development, marketing skills, research, realistic self-belief, and a hell of a lot of luck. This book needed to be written. It was Catherine Balavage with her clear sighted view of the profession who needed to write it. Bravo!” Margaret Graham.

“This really is an excellent guide book into the terribly difficult, but potentially rewarding life of an actor. Balavage tackles the often ignored questions that surround the inexperienced and/or young person who wonders what the best road to take is? She starts with the basics that encompass questions about whether to train at drama school (and thereby find the money to do so), or go another route by getting involved with fringe theatre and/or film school films. Throughout she weighs up the pros and cons in a highly informative and intelligent manner that are also highly credible as she is writing from first-hand experience. Her own entrepreneurship into film-making is included and offers fantastic tips and empowerment, to what is often a dis-empowering profession. She also demystifies the perceived ‘glamour’ of working as an actor and says it how it is. A good wake-up call for those out there that crave instant fame!

Her approach is wholly professional and fundamentally knowledgeable: she interviews working actors, alongside well-known casting directors who give an insider-view into what is required to get ‘ a foot in the door’. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming an actor.” Clea Myers.

“I found this book to be an excellent companion to Bonnie Gillespie’s ‘Self-Management for Actors’, which I am also currently reading. The first half of Catherine’s book does a excellent job of distilling a seminar’s-worth of material into a manageable bit. The second half, the interviews, felt more conversational. What was clear, the recommendations made in the first half came, in part, from these interviews. This is an excellent technique, since it reinforces the validity of the recommendations as having come from entertainment professionals who have achieved a perceived level of success. (I like that the definition of “success” was open for discussion, since it can mean different things to different people.)

As an American reading this book, I did find some UK-centric resources and references. But, in this era of global Internet access, I found just as many that were valid for US readers. I was able to take this in stride and see this as a valuable tool in my self-management as a working actor.

Thanks, Catherine, for writing this excellent guide.” Tom Shafer.

You can buy it here. It is also available on Kindle and every other ebook format.

Catherine Balavage In Best Of You Magazine Talking About Blogging

•February 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

More exciting news! I have been featured in the February issue of Best of You magazine. I got my print copy on Saturday but it is also online and you can read the interview here. If you want to buy a print copy, go here. It is a great magazine and I am honoured to be interviewed and featured in the magazine. I talk about what it takes to be a blogger and my new book The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Successful Blogger.

Deputy editor Daska Davis interviewed me and I really enjoyed the interview so have a read.

 

C xx

New Book The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Successful Blogger Out Now

•February 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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It has been pretty quiet on my blog and I apologise for that. Far from it being quiet in real life however, it has been all go. I wrote a wedding planning book, got married, had a baby, moved house and then wrote another book. All while running the amazing Frost Magazine. My third book, The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Successful Blogger,  is out now and it is all about becoming a successful blogger. The sales have gone well and I have gotten some good publicity, all of which I will share with you. It has also had a four star review on Good Reads and a five star review on Amazon. For the meantime, check out the book. It tells you everything you need to know about blogging, running a blog and becoming a successful blogger. Next update soon. I promise.

If you want to buy the blogging book, hurry: the kindle version is only £1.99 or $1.99 for today and tomorrow only. The print version is also available.

C x

Catherine Balavage in Writing Magazine

•September 28, 2015 • 1 Comment

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It has been a while since I updated my blog and I apologise. Life goes by quickly and a lot has happened. I published another book, have written another one that is not published yet and have been featured in Writing Magazine. I was featured in My Writing Day for the wonderful Writing Magazine in April this year. I have read Writing Magazine for years and was honoured to be asked and interviewed by Lynne Hackles. Have a look yourself. I also have some films coming out soon. Exciting!

I promise to update my blog more frequently with news. In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook.

My Radio Interview With Orla Barry From The Green Room

•October 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEI was interviewed on The Green Room with Orla Barry. about my new book How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur. The interview is available via this link and has lots of great acting advice. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Are you an actor? If you have any acting questions then comment below and I will answer them.

How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur is available in print, Kindle and in all other ebook formats on Smashwords.

 

 

How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur Now Available On Smashwords

•October 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

If you don’t have a Kindle then I have some good news, my book How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur is now available in all e-book formats on Smashwords. I am very excited and have already sold copies. It will also be available in print in the next few days in the UK and already is in America.

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You can get a sample via Smashwords to see if you like it. It has already had a lot of great reviews. The first draft of my second book is already done and will hopefully be finished soon. This one is about wedding planning so very different. My online magazine, Frost Magazine, is also still going very well and Steve McAleavy and I have another film in pre-production. So it is all go.

American Actors Can Get How To Be a Successful Actor For $1.99 For a Limited Time

•August 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Cover by Steve McAleavy

Cover by Steve McAleavy

Fresh from a Kindle Countdown Deal for British actors which was very successful, now American actors can get my book for only $1.99 for a limited time only. How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur has been getting rave reviews in America and it has already been selling stateside.

This is what American actor Tom Shafer had to say about my book: “An excellent guide for the entertainment professional

I found this book to be an excellent companion to Bonnie Gillespie’s ‘Self-Management for Actors’, which I am also currently reading. The first half of Catherine’s book does a excellent job of distilling a seminar’s-worth of material into a manageable bit. The second half, the interviews, felt more conversational. What was clear, the recommendations made in the first half came, in part, from these interviews. This is an excellent technique, since it reinforces the validity of the recommendations as having come from entertainment professionals who have achieved a perceived level of success. (I like that the definition of “success” was open for discussion, since it can mean different things to different people.)

As an American reading this book, I did find some UK-centric resources and references. But, in this era of global Internet access, I found just as many that were valid for US readers. I was able to take this in stride and see this as a valuable tool in my self-management as a working actor.

Thanks, Catherine, for writing this excellent guide.”

What are you waiting for? Get your copy now

 

 

 
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