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Saturday Giveaway : Acting : Make It Your Business


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 15, 2008

Comments (51)

Acting Make It Your Business by Paul Russell

Want to learn how to avoid mistakes and achieve success as a working actor?

The author of the giveaway for this week, Paul Russell, has been in the business for nearly 30 years, working as a casting director, director and former actor. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, Broadway, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

If anyone has some hot tips to share from years of experience in different facets of the entertainment industry, Paul Russell does, and he's donated a copy of his brand new book (released October 2008) "Acting : Make It Your Business" for giveaway on VOX Daily.

Want to win? Leave a comment!

Acting : Make It Your Business

Written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, this book puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with those best suited for the digital age.

Well-known actors and powerful agents make cameos throughout, offering newcomers and working professionals alike a clear-eyed, uncensored perspective on survival and advancement within the entertainment industry.

Praise for Paul Russell and Acting : Make It Your Business

"Humorous and witty... Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, in New York or anywhere in the world, take note: This is your road map."

-- Bernard Telsey, casting director (Rent, Sex & The City: The Movie, Wicked)

"All the right questions asked and answered... and with a generous portion of good humor."

-- Suzanne Ryan, casting director (Law & Order)

"Paul's book made me proud to be a part of the acting community in this business we call 'show'."

-- Karen Ziemba, actress, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner

"Paul Russell's words are not only blunt and accurate. They zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask."

-- Ken Melamed, talent agency, Bret Adams, Ltd.

How Do You Enter For a Chance to Win?

Just comment on this blog posting and let me know that you'd like to win!

Each week, there will be something different, so be sure to subscribe to VOX Daily to get the Saturday Giveaway notices as well as other voice acting articles throughout the week.

The giveaways will include voice acting:

๏ Books
๏ DVDs
๏ Coaching Sessions
๏ Recording Equipment
๏ Gift certificates
๏ Workshop / Conference Passes
๏ Unique Promotional Opportunities

When is the Winner Chosen?

Winners will be drawn randomly from the comments left on the blog and announced the following Saturday. Those who win will be notified by email at which time we'll confirm their shipping address. On the following Saturday, the winner will be announced and another opportunity to win a Saturday Giveaway will present itself.

I'd like to say congratulations to last week's contest winner Jasen Anthony who will be receiving an autographed copy of Rodney Saulsberry's book "You Can Bank on Your Voice" in the mail soon.

Comment Now for an Opportunity to Win Acting : Make It Your Business by Paul Russell!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win :)

Best wishes,


Related Topics: Acting, Acting : Make It Your Business, agents, book, how to, industry, New York, Paul Russell, prize, Saturday Giveaway, TV


    I would love a copy - add my name please! :)

    Posted by:

      hi Steph,
      another great give away that I would love to win!

      Posted by:

        I've not done any acting for 20 years. It would be good to catch up and blow off the old cobwebs. Yes, I'd love to win a copy :)

        Posted by:

          The inside information from a professional with this much experience is priceless.
          Michael Maurice

          Posted by:
          • Michael Maurice
          • November 15, 2008 2:02 PM

            Sounds great Steph. Another good one!

            Posted by:
            • Vanessa Hart
            • November 15, 2008 2:33 PM

              More Priceless info from Voices.com! :)

              Sign me up!


              Posted by:

                Thanks for letting us know about this book. I'd love to win a copy.

                Posted by:

                  Hi. Please count me among those that would love to win a copy of Paul Russell's book "Acting : Make It Your Business"!

                  Have a great weekend!


                  Posted by:


                    I'm always eager to read anything about the business that I can. Please put my name down!

                    Posted by:
                    • Matt Josdal
                    • November 15, 2008 4:45 PM

                      As an on-camera actor also, I'd love to add this to my library. Thanks!

                      Posted by:

                        I'm reading all I can. I hope I am not too late to be added to the list.

                        Many thanks
                        Sally Jones

                        Posted by:
                        • Sally Jones
                        • November 15, 2008 9:27 PM

                          OOO OOOOOO...

                          pick me pick me (why do I feel like my name is horshack?!?)

                          LOVE to have this little gem


                          Posted by:
                          • Rob Taylor
                          • November 16, 2008 8:41 AM

                            Hi Stephanie,

                            I too would love to win this prize. I am learning sooo much from sooo many people in the industry!
                            I'd love to get one more point of view. So that I can gain from their experience and add to preparedness when the BIG DAY comes!!! :-D


                            Posted by:
                            • Anthony Piselli
                            • November 16, 2008 9:04 AM

                              You gotta be in it to win it!

                              Sign me up!



                              Posted by:

                                This would definately add value to my collection
                                Count me in!


                                Blair Wilson

                                Posted by:

                                  I'd love to read this! Please include my name in the drawing.

                                  Thanks Stephanie!


                                  Posted by:

                                    It sounds great; as a Drama coach I'd love to win a copy!
                                    Brenda from Ontario

                                    Posted by:
                                    • Brenda Smith
                                    • November 16, 2008 11:46 AM

                                      Hey Steph,

                                      Sounds like another winner of a book and one I'd like to add to my collection. Paul seems to focus on the right topics and nail it on the head.


                                      Posted by:

                                        Very cool and interesting looking book. I've been working on refining my own acting skills and this book looks like it would fit perfectly in my plans. Please include me in the give away.



                                        Posted by:
                                        • Jon Morss
                                        • November 16, 2008 11:57 AM

                                          I am so glad I opened my email this morning and saw the Vox Daily in my inbox. I have always been interested in doing voiceovers and I firmly believe that a voice can portray all sorts of emotions and help a person 'see' what they are hearing. A little lesson in acting could only help!

                                          Posted by:
                                          • Daria
                                          • November 16, 2008 12:15 PM

                                            This sounds like a wonderful read.Please sign me up! Regards,Ed

                                            Posted by:
                                            • Ed Mace
                                            • November 16, 2008 1:03 PM

                                              Thank you for posting this! With two actors in my family (husband and daughter), we could use any help we can get! :)

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Heather
                                              • November 16, 2008 1:19 PM

                                                Terrific! Please count me in. Russell's book would certainly be helpful.

                                                Thanks for all the opportunities you give,

                                                Posted by:

                                                  What a great giveaway and piece of information! A couple of years ago, after having done commercials for radio for years, I finally realized that "actor" is what I was really striving to be! This book would really further my education of the craft and resources! Hope I win!
                                                  Mike Austin

                                                  Posted by:

                                                    Would love to be entered in this contest - thanks!

                                                    Posted by:

                                                      that book sounds great! i'd love to be entered to win a copy. thanks!

                                                      Posted by:

                                                        This would be such a great gift! Thanks for the opportunity!

                                                        Daniel Schwab

                                                        Posted by:
                                                        • Daniel Schwab
                                                        • November 16, 2008 6:11 PM

                                                          I'd love to win this. Please include me in your drawing. Thank you.

                                                          Best Regards,
                                                          Martin Victor

                                                          Posted by:
                                                          • Martin Victor
                                                          • November 16, 2008 7:49 PM

                                                            How to avoid mistakes? No need to re-invent the wheel, that's my mistake. I need to have this book! Fingers crossed, Jerry James

                                                            Posted by:

                                                              I wonder if Paul might have any encouragement for a 78 year old chareacter actor who has given up stage and film work because if the director is more than three feet away from me, I cannot hear her or him. Of course I would like to win.

                                                              Bud Sisson

                                                              Posted by:
                                                              • Bud Sisson
                                                              • November 16, 2008 11:41 PM

                                                                Hi again Stephanie!
                                                                Count me in...Count me in....COUNT ME IN!!!! :D

                                                                Posted by:

                                                                  To The Vox Daily Team,

                                                                  Well even thought I won last week, I was quite intrigued about this book, so I figured I'd throw my name into the pot and see what happens. Regardless I am going to get this one..(one way or another).

                                                                  Have a great week!

                                                                  Jasen Anthony

                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                  • Jasen Anthony
                                                                  • November 17, 2008 12:03 PM

                                                                    Comment? I always read my Vox Daily.

                                                                    Please put my name in the hat for a chance to win Paul Russell’s book.

                                                                    Colleen Ann Barrett

                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                    • Colleen Ann Barrett
                                                                    • November 17, 2008 12:04 PM

                                                                      Dear Stephanie:

                                                                      I would love to win this book by Paul Russell! I have been trying to get into voice overs for almost a year. To date I have submitted over 400 auditions without a single request for work..

                                                                      This is a whole new world for me and I think I can do it very well. Over the years I have done some radio and television work. A few years ago I worked at a local FM station for six weeks while their morning man had heart surgery. I enjoyed it very much. People were very complimentary about my voice. I have a spot running right now for a hamburger place that I did about three years ago.

                                                                      The reason I want to win this book is that so much has changed in the business in the last few years from a technical well as a preforming point of view. With this book I feel that I could learn the things I need to learn so that I can become competitive. For instance the pace of the wording has picked up and I need to grasp that idea. There also has been a tremendous change in the technical aspect. I can cut a spot and convert it to an MP3 and ship it out but there is so much more now and, being away "from the bright lights" so to speak, I am at a disadvantage. I live in Longview, Texas, and just about all of the local voice acting is done by the DJs at the local radio stations. I have visited them along with the local advertising companies and they are very encouraging but so far, no responses.

                                                                      Let me say once again, I would certainly like to win Paul Russell's book. I would put it to good use and make you proud of me!

                                                                      I enjoy your Vox Daily efforts and learn a great deal from them.

                                                                      I look forward to hearing from you.

                                                                      With kindest regards I am,
                                                                      Sam Litzenberg

                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                      • Sam Litzenberg
                                                                      • November 17, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                                        Looks like a great source!

                                                                        Yes, I'd love to win it.

                                                                        Matt Diggins

                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                        • Matt Diggins
                                                                        • November 17, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                                          That sounds really interesting and helpful.

                                                                          I would be happy to win the book.

                                                                          Thanks, Gene

                                                                          Posted by:
                                                                          • Gene Gore
                                                                          • November 17, 2008 12:07 PM

                                                                            Hi there,

                                                                            Well, I'd like to comment, but do I have to really make a comment, or can I act like I really want to make a comment, just so I can win stuff? After all, it's about acting right? Riiiight. Anyways, I think what y'all are doin is really great, and I'd sure like a chance to win one o' them there actin' tips cause Lord knows I really need to git some tips n' stuff. See? There I go again, actin' and playin' like I know how to do regionalisms n' stuff.....dang. Anyways, let me know if I win, kay? Cause I'm like all funny and stuff, and then I get all weird cause now I'm like all, wow, am I overdoing it, or is this like all cool and stuff? So I was like all nah aaa, and you were like all ya haa, and so I was like all, oh no you didn't. Anyways, thanks for the tip.

                                                                            Mike Achen

                                                                            Posted by:

                                                                              Hey there guys,
                                                                              Sounds like another great read!! count me in!
                                                                              Thanks for the opportunity!

                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                This book at first glance looks like part of the cover image is missing. If this smart way of getting attention translates to his way of standing out and getting noticed, no doubt this will be a great book for all of us to read and then be noticed.

                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                • Amber
                                                                                • November 17, 2008 1:43 PM


                                                                                  Congrats on your new book!

                                                                                  And thanks for the opportunity to win stuff!

                                                                                  I would love to win the new book, or coaching sessions!

                                                                                  Regardless, I look forward to hearing your POV and insight...

                                                                                  - Greg Land

                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                    Alright, put my name in the proverbial pot, as well. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on that book.

                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                      I would love to have this tool. Please pick me.

                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                      • Marian Michaels
                                                                                      • November 17, 2008 3:54 PM

                                                                                        Hi Stephanie,
                                                                                        Another great prize. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks,
                                                                                        Ed Gentzler

                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                          Yes, I would love to learn how to avoid success and achieve mistakes as a working actor...just kidding - or acting:)

                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                            Here I am, posting my comment to win that book by Paul Russell. Let it be so.

                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                            • Joeran Lee
                                                                                            • November 17, 2008 9:50 PM

                                                                                              Not too late, am I? I'd like to win as well!!

                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                I'd LOVE a copy! Making the transition from jazz musician to voice actor, although I never thought of voice acting as acting acting until I tried to do it, has been one of the most interesting endeavors of my life. Anything that helps point out the path is worth reading!

                                                                                                Posted by:

                                                                                                  Looks like a great book -- thanks for entering me :)

                                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                                  • Dan
                                                                                                  • November 20, 2008 3:13 PM

                                                                                                    I would appreciate the opportunity to learn from a professional. Include me in the drawing.

                                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                                    • Oluwole Adegbile
                                                                                                    • November 20, 2008 4:46 PM

                                                                                                      I'd love to win. Thanks for the contest. Mary

                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                      • Mary Saunders
                                                                                                      • November 21, 2008 12:21 AM

                                                                                                        Oh, please tell me it isn't too late to enter. This book sounds exactly like what I need to get on track. I need all the help I can get!!!!!

                                                                                                        Sandy Klagge

                                                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                                                        • Sandy Klagge
                                                                                                        • December 14, 2008 5:55 PM

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