The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide By Jenna Fischer

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I've been reading like crazy and have soooo many new reviews coming your way. 
If you've been following me for a while you'll know I love reading celebrity books. Half of my bookshelf is all celebrity-related - yes, I am THAT person. 
Anyways, when I found out Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) had a book out I had to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't your standard memoir, but instead an actor's survival guide. Now, I am not an actor, nor do I plan on being one, I just love getting an inside look into the acting world. The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide is an ultimate tell-all. 

Jenna Fischer moved to LA when she was 22-years-old from her hometown of St. Louis. It would, however, be, eight years before she landed her Emmy-nominated role of Pam on The Office. There was a lot to learn, and a lot of rejection, so based on her own experiences, Jenna wrote the ultimate actor's survival guide. She gives invaluable advice on how to get the right headshot, what to look for when getting an agent and manager, how to lie to your boss when you've got an audition during work hours, and what you can expect in Hollywood. 

If you're wanting to get some insight into what you can expect, I 100% recommend this book. If you just want to be nosy and learn some secrets of the trade, I 100% recommend this book. 

Some interesting things I learnt:

* When auditioning for a show a contract must be put in place (sometimes up to seven years) and signed before you can officially go in and audition 

* Most actor's spend all day in their trailers and depending on the deal negotiated you could end up in a tiny shoebox or in a luxurious room complete with TV and leather seats 

* Actor's don't usually use tongue when doing kissing scenes unless it has been discussed with the director/the other actor 

*On auditioning for Pam, Jenna says: My take on the character of Pam was that she didn’t have any media training, so she didn’t know how to give a good interview. Also, she didn’t care about this interview, because this was some weird project her weird boss was forcing her to do. The first question that they asked was ‘Do you like working as a receptionist?’ I took a long pause and said, ‘No.’ And that was it. I didn’t speak any more than that. I wanted to stay true to the ‘dare to bore me’ direction Allison had given. They waited for me to say more, and I just didn’t. I sat there. They sat there. The silence went on for what felt like an eternity.”

* Rejection is part of everyday life. You can be on a hit TV show for years and still get rejection - everything isn't as glamorous as it may look 

I really enjoyed Jenna's style of writing, it felt like I was reading her dairy at times. She was so honest and open and I genuinely can't wait to read what she writes next. 

xxx Hayley 

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