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Acting In Chicago is:

  • The go-to book for actors starting or growing a career
  • The only guide to the 7 ways (besides theater) actors make money actually acting
  • Packed with details about agents, training centers and unions
  • A literal road map to building a career in the Midwest with 260+ pages and 15 chapters
  • Business focused – no fluff or useless information
  • Written by an actor for actors

Acting In Chicago is:

  • The go-to book for actors starting or growing a career
  • The only guide to the 7 ways (besides theater) actors make money actually acting
  • Packed with details about agents, training centers and unions
  • A literal road map to building a career in the Midwest with 260+ pages and 15 chapters
  • Business focused – no fluff or useless information
  • Written by an actor for actors

AIC is essential reading for:

High School / College Students

You took a zillion technique classes and maybe one class on the business of acting (or worse, none)? This book is like 7 of those biz classes.

Actors New to the Market

Every city’s acting scene has it’s quirks and Chicago is no different. Know before you go so you can hit the ground running.

Actors Looking to Up Their Game

We all could be doing more to advance our careers. The question is, what? The book was written to help you find answers.

Returning
Actors

Been away for a while? Get up to speed on what the business is like today so you can be successful tomorrow.

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What actors are saying

Just shot my first national commercial and couldn’t help but think of all the tips I learned from Chris Agos.

- Lauren Lapkus

For an actor new to the business in Chicago, one who has been around but is trying to up their game, or one who it trying to break into new areas of the biz, this book is everything you need.

- Kurt Naebig

Acting in Chicago provided me a compressive landscape of the acting industry. This was invaluable, especially as a newbie with zero experience, to giving me an edge and understanding what I bring to the table. It’s why I am a working actor today!

Sydney Adeniyi

There’s so much to understand about the industry as an actor, the book is eye-opening and extremely insightful. I love Chris’ business approach to acting.

- Shauna Shaik

So glad I read AIC early in my career because it helped me make smart choices. When I encounter a “newbie” in the industry, I can always tell if they haven’t read the book. I tell them to buy it immediately!  I truly believe it is the best way to get your footing in Chicago and should be required reading for everyone in the business.

- Keli Delane

This book is a dream for actors.

- Sam Samuelson

The only books that have helped me more than Acting In Chicago are the Betty Crocker Cookbook and the Bible.

- Janice Culver

Before moving to Chicago, I read AIC because it’s a roadmap to the market and a guide to the business of acting. This book is a rare gem to any actor!

- Cedrick Halbert

I use the book as a litmus test for actors. I tell them to read it, and the next time I see them I ask if they did. If they didn’t, that shows me they’re not quite as serious about their business.

- Duane Sharp

This book is a must for every actor serious about making acting their business and not just their craft.

- Janelle Snow

This book makes all the daunting tasks of getting started far less intimidating. I read the original, but still use it as a reference today. Every Chicago actor should do themselves a favor and grab a copy of this book.

- Lauren Marie Powell

I just wanted to thank you for your book! The information is very helpful! I am moving to Chicago to pursue acting professionally, and can’t thank you enough.

- Randi Wallace

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Meet the Author

Chris Agos has been acting professionally for more than two decades. He’s worked over 4000 jobs for 500 different clients. In 1995, with no contacts in the industry, he gave up medical school and set out to learn about the business of acting in Chicago. Through an organized approach, a willingness to try anything and incremental goal setting, he built a thriving career as a full-time actor and voice over talent. Chris firmly believes actors should study the business of acting as much as they study the craft. To help, he wrote the first edition of Acting In Chicago in 2010. Used in university acting programs and recommended by acting coaches and teachers, it has become the go-to resource for actors looking to launch and/or grow an acting career in the Midwest.

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Chapters in Acting In Chicago

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Foreword

Agent Sam Samuelson explains why it’s important to control what you can control.

Chapter 1

Get ready to learn everything you need to know to make acting your full time gig.

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Chapter 2

How to make certain realities of the market work for you.

Chapter 3

The 7 ways (besides theater) Chicago actors make money actually acting.

Chapter 4

Places and ways to train as an actor in Chicago.

Chapter 5

Headshots and resumes the Chicago way.

Chapter 6

Agents in Chicago. How to get and keep an agent, and when to break up with one.

Chapter 7

What to expect from auditions in each of the 7 types of work Chicago actors do.

Chapter 8

Working in Chicago – How to act like you’ve been there before, no matter the job.

Chapter 9

A detailed look at the role SAG-AFTRA can play in the Chicago actor’s career.

Chapter 10

Income! What you can earn as an actor in Chicago, math and actual numbers included.

Chapter 11

Working as an actor in Milwaukee.

Chapter 12

Supplementing your income between bookings.

Chapter 13

Moving to Los Angeles to act.

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Chapter 14

Kids in the business: a family perspective.

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Chapter 15

Additional words of wisdom.