Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Hollywood Survival Guide for Aussie Actors by Kym Jackson

Subtitle: A comprehensive guide for Aussie actors wanting to make the move to Hollywood, LA. A great resource that will save you alot of time and money.

When Kym Jackson first asked if I would accept a copy of her book in return for an honest review I must admit I was not sure if I was the right person to undertake reviewing this particular book. Not only am I not much of a movie buff but I have to admit I didn’t even know who Kym Jackson was. However, I did take the time to check out some YouTube clips and her IMDb page.

She is certainly a very talented actress but can she write a book? Indeed she can!

This is one of the most comprehensive “how to” books on any industry I have seen.

Industry? Indeed! And I believe this is one of the most important things Ms Jackson points out in her book. That is the need to treat your acting career as a business including preparing business and marketing plans.

The book is written in simple language with explanations of industry jargon. It includes extensive information further simplified with exhaustive lists and dot points and supplemented with a comprehensive Contents and Index.

This is a book with significant insight into finding acting work in Hollywood. Don’t bother if you think you will find “Hollywood gossip” between the pages.

It also includes technical advice for actors including (but very definitely not limited to) the best photographs for bio, useful websites and use of social media

The information is supplemented with a Resources Guide on the website

I only wish someone would write a book as detailed and comprehensive as this for other industries.

My rating 5*