A must-have for any aspiring actor, this definitive guide to breaking into film, television, and theater from a former Disney casting executive will demystify the often intimidating, opaque, and constantly-changing audition processLongtime casting director and studio executive Jen Rudin decided to write this book to answer the questions she is constantly hearing from aspiring actors: Do I need an agent? How do I nail an audition? Are classes or degrees important? How do I build my performing arts resume? Now, for the first time, Rudin answers all of these questions and many more in this authoritative, comprehensive guide on how to succeed in the film, television, and theater businesses.Packed with information that aspiring actors clamor for, this up-to-the-minute advice from a true expert is essential for anyone who has ever considered pursuing an acting career. A sampling of topics covered include: how to find an agent or manager; detailed audition preparation tips for musical theater, television (including commercials and reality TV) and film, voiceovers, and animated movies; using technology to your advantage; the demanding world of child acting and how parents can help their children thrive; the pros and cons of living in New York versus LA; and how to turn a call-back into an offer for the role.There is no formula for fame or stardom, but there are plenty of do's and don'ts, sure-fire tricks, and essential information that an actor should never walk into an audition room without. Filled with checklists, practical instruction and easy-to-follow game plans, and advice from real actors, agents, and casting directors, Confessions of a Casting Director will help actors feel confident taking on the unpredictable and always-evolving world of show business.