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What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known


There is indeed room for success in the vast expanse between the starving artist and Angelina Jolie’s stardom

Concise and straightforward, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook is written for curious and aspiring actors to help them make informed decisions while pursuing this exciting career.

Veteran actresses Molly Cheek and Debbie Zipp have culled the wit and wisdom of a wide array of successful actors, from Beth Grant to Dee Wallace, and collected the kind of mentoring perspective so many in the business wish they'd had when they were just starting out. Get insider information and real-life experiences and personal stories that range from how to get your foot in the door to becoming a career actor. Get the inside scoop from successful veteran actors on how to work with agents and unions; manage finances; prepare for auditions; cope with rejection—and success—and much more.


Debbie Zipp is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series “Murder She Wrote” and lead regular role as Phoebe on the series, “Small and Frye.” Debbie’s had starring regular roles in the television pilots "The Cheerleaders" and "There's Always Room." Debbie’s starring stage roles in Los Angeles plays include: “Sirens of Seduction", "Let's Call The Whole Thing Gershwin," and, "The Good One” — as well as many guest appearances. She has produced, directed, edited and/or written and acted in many short films for her company, In The Trenches Productions.

Molly Cheek is best known as Jim's Mom in the four "American Pie" movies. She has also logged in seven years co-starring in two consecutive TV series: "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "Harry and the Hendersons." Appearances in films such as Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell;" "A Lot Like Love;" and, "Spider-Man II" — as well as numerous guest starring roles and pilots for television have rounded out her career as actress. Molly has also co-written and produced a short film, "Sick Chick" and performed on Broadway in Alan Zweibel's play commemorating Gilda Radner, "Bunny, Bunny."


The Aspiring Actor's Handbook tells it like it is—what it takes to live the life of an actor. Be prepared. Know what's ahead … read this book and enjoy the journey. —Bryan Cranston, star of "Breaking Bad"

“The Aspiring Actors Handbook is full of wisdom, humor and honesty. More importantly, it shows that there is a place of success for actors between the "starving" actor and the "star.” —Donald Petrie: Director, “Miss Congeniality”, How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days;” “Grumpy Old Men;” and, “Mystic Pizza”

"This book can absolutely create more harmony and love for the 'show business' you want to be a part of. I wish I had had this advice and discernment when I was starting out." —Dee Wallace, starred as “Mom” in the movie, E.T.

“Zipp and Cheek are wonderful actresses who write about the logical but not always obvious aspects of it being a business, having balance and it being not just a career but a lifestyle. It felt like I was having a conversation with old friends. Two thumbs up!” —Mariko Ballentine, theatrical agent at Minc Talent and thirty year veteran of casting, teaching, and speaking

“Reading The Aspiring Actors Handbook is like spending a wonderful afternoon with a group of caring professionals who bring you into their inner circle of show business and give you a glimpse of the good, the bad, and the many surprising possibilities in between. Like big sisters, Debbie Zipp and Molly Cheek encourage young actors to ask the tough questions, face the stark realities, and still hold onto their dreams with integrity and individuality.” —Elizabeth Browning, actress, acting coach, and producer of The Face