The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer

The Actor's Life

Jenna Fischer’s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was certain everything would fall easily into place. Never mind that she didn’t know a single person in the entertainment industry. She was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?Uh, basically everything. It would be eight long years before she lan...

Details The Actor's Life

TitleThe Actor's Life
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherBenBella Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook

Reviews The Actor's Life

  • Miatta
    This book is basically an actors textbook. Please, please, please know this. It was perfect for me cause, hey, I'm an actor. Jenna has been giving out amazing information like this for years, via blog posts and podcasts, and I have been waiting for her to publish it. But if you aren't an actor and/or have no interest in being an actor and/or have no interest in the art/business/mechanics of's not gonna be for you. This is not about th...
  • John Lamb
    Being an actor is not something I ever wanted to pursue, so I am not the intended audience for this book, but I still loved learning about the behind-the-scenes details of trying to make a profession out of acting.
  • Joey
    Jenna Fischer's The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide provides wonderful insight into a world that many aspire to be part of, but few have the drive, determination, and luck to make it in.It took Jenna eight grueling years before she landed her polarizing role of Pam Beasley. The thing that most successful actors all share in common is luck! What is luck and how do you attain it?If you want to be a professional actor, it is important that you live i...
  • Lauren
    This was a surprise! I’m not an actor. I don’t really know any actors. I would actively discourage anyone I knew from becoming an actor. And yet, I really enjoyed this. Fischer tells the story of of her own Hollywood journey while giving advice and behind-the-scenes information all the while. It was a great mix of personal info and general info. I loved hearing about the complex processes behind auditions, networking, and seeking management. ...
  • Shelby
    I love Jenna Fischer! I only picked this book up because I love her so much, so, obviously, none of the information pertained to me. However, she writes beautifully and conversationally without condescending to you. If you were an aspiring actor, this would be the book for you!
  • Jessica
    This was fascinating. As a non-actor it was really interesting to get a peek behind the curtain. Mostly because I don't actually have to follow all of this advice! The first couple chapters are clunky and full of "I took myself so seriously, isn't that silly?!" But after that she settles into it and I couldn't stop reading.
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮
    Enjoyable. Jenna is probably best known for her character on the hit tv series, The Office. I thought this interesting and informative. A light readand helpful to anyone who would like to pursue acting as a career. I requested this title on NG because I was listening to a podcast and Jenna was being interviewed about her new book. Jenna states that she wanted to write a book to help anyone else who is interested in making acting a career. She gav...
  • Valerity *
    This is written by Jenna Fischer who played on the hit show "Office" for years. I was hooked on that show for a long time which gave me an interest in reading her book. It's written mainly as a guide for those who are bitten by the acting bug and really as a way to help them with tips and ideas on how to get started and keep going in a career in acting. It seems like it would really be helpful for someone with that seriously in mind for their lif...
  • Carmen
    4.5 Stars.There was a time, I confess, when I desperately wanted to be on a sitcom. Okay, it was the '80s when there was no shortage of family sitcoms. Those kids on Growing Pains and Family Ties always looked like they were having so much fun! I reasoned that I was a kid who liked film and theatre and I had also debuted as a preposition in a play about grammar, The Case of the Missing Part of Speech in 6th grade. I mean, how hard could it be to ...
  • Keith Chawgo
    Jenna Fischer’s phenomenal book ‘The Actor’s Life’ is factual, funny and a fantastic guide to the world of acting. This is one of those books that is informative, personable yet so enjoyable that you can’t stop reading. I am not an actor but I personally loved this book and it is one that works on so many levels.The book starts out with Ms Fischer interest in acting and her school productions and then through her education which include...
  • Jada
    I've never had an interest in being an actor but I started reading this because I love learning about the way things work. I finished reading it because it was a really good, easy read. It's written in a friendly, light, easily digestible tone which is driven by personal and effective anecdotes followed by straightforward, encouraging advice and caveats. Even though this book is completely and entirely different from Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Ma...
  • Lori
    I was not sure what kind of genre to put this book under. so I gave it a few genres. Jenna Fischer writes a unique book for people who want to go into the acting business. I am not that person but I found this a very helpful book for those who are interested in becoming an actor. She is very detailed of all the steps a person should take. Like getting an agent and what to be careful of. Getting headshots. and all the details of rules and regulati...
  • Kirra
    I basically inhaled this fantastic book from Jenna Fischer and enjoyed reading about her life so much. This isn’t a book about a famous actor and their rise to fame and it isn’t a comedy biography, this is a handbook on how to make it as an actor. Jenna goes through the steps with informative advice and knowledge while also sharing her own personal events, tips and tricks. You’ll follow through the process of acting classes, headshots, agen...
  • Lindsey
    I'm not the intended audience for this book, but I loved Jenna on "The Office," and the book was on sale, so I decided to pick it up anyway. While I'm not an aspiring actor, I still enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes stuff that actors go through. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the creation of TV shows and movies. Most of her advice is geared towards actors, of course, but she also gives good general advice for anyone wanting to ...
  • Jackie
    This was a quick read. I listened to the audiobook because I liked Jenna’s portrayal of Pam on The Office and wanted to hear more about her life and on-set experiences. I would imagine it’s a helpful, encouraging guide to those thinking about trying to make it as an actor in LA or NY, but I just enjoyed it as an inside peek into the behind-the-scenes life of Hollywood.
  • Katie Robinson
    Super cute! Definitely don't have to want to be an actor to enjoy. Full review to come upon publication.
  • Rebecca
    I’m not the intended audience for this book and yet I was absolutely fascinated. I just kept wanting to talk about things I learned from this book.
  • Melissa Edeburn
    As the parent of an actor attending his junior year of a university theatre program, I have questions. So many questions... Actually “had”, as Jenna just answered nearly all of them over the past two days. Jenna covered much of what Joe can anticipate after graduation. I just ordered the paper version of the book which will be waiting for him on his nightstand when he arrives home next week for winter break. Bonus: I know he’ll open it beca...
  • Barbara Atlas
    I had no idea! I took out audiobook from Hoopla and listened to Pam tell me all about acting. That was so much fun I listened to a bunch of it again.
  • Holly
    This is a great book. Fischer's tone is consistently informative, humorous, and down to earth. The book offers encouragement, warnings against scams, advice about specific websites and agencies to use, and a large grain of salt - she constantly references friends of hers who have still not hit it big despite being incredibly talented performers.Strongly suggested. Although it is written mostly for actors, I think it's worth reading as a very diso...
  • Jen
    This was a fun read. I would have loved reading this in high school or early college when the dream of being an actor was real and I was in drama school. Since I'm not an aspiring actor anymore, it was really fun to learn more about Jenna. I've been a fan of hers since the Myspace blog she used to write while filming The Office. If you know any aspiring actors this would be a great gift... since they probably can't afford a book. ;)
  • Mary Clare
    Full review!Jenna Fischer recounts her years as a struggling actor and relays the lessons, big and small, that she learned along the way.This is definitely not your typical celebrity book. Fischer had a purpose when she sat down to write this book: to use her experience to help other people find their way as working actors. She wanted to give advice on both the logistical and emotional parts of the process of becoming an actor. I would definitely...
  • Jaime Soria
    This book. Are you reading this and you are one of my actors friends? BUY THIS BOOK NOW. I've read loads of actor-help books over the years. Los Angeles "survival" guides, actor biograpies, autobiographies, memoirs, etc., and not one of the authors ever opened up this much about their professional experiences, and related so accurately what it's like being a new arrival in L.A. - not knowing anyone, doing extra work to be on set and try to get in...
  • Eryn
    I was not the intended audience for this book; I picked it up hoping it would be more of a straight biography. Though she does share much of her story, this is truly first and foremost a guidebook trough professional actordom. As someone who has never dreamed of being an actor, and never been attracted to the world of Hollywood, I found myself often zoning out through the more instructional/advice-y bits, waiting for the anecdotes from Jenna’s ...
  • Christopher Lawson
    In grade school I got my start when I played Toto in The Wizard of OzIn THE ACTOR’S LIFE, author Jenna Fischer gives some tough, but kindly advice to the aspiring actor. She admits it was a really tough road for her, and required a lot of persistence, as well as luck. The journey is a “long and difficult one that requires a lot of hard work. . . Without a little luck on your side, you can be the most talented actor in the world and not achiev...
  • Jack
    I LOVED this book! I thought it was going to be a memoir, and as a fan of the Office, I was really hoping to gain some behind-the-scenes knowledge of the show. The book was partly that, but I was at first disappointed to realize Fischer was writing a book for aspiring actors - giving them a head's up about the difficulties of cutting it in show biz, but also the real rewards for sticking with it. Throughout her book, she provided lots of personal...
  • Gail
    Jenna's tone in the book is wonderfully friendly and open. She shares quite a bit of information about how things really work. Much of the information is already out there in other books and online, but she's brought it together in an appealing package.I have the sense that the university she attended didn't prepare her well for the business side of acting. Frankly, universities vary widely in how they prepare students for getting a job with any ...
  • Liz
    I have no interest in being an actor. I do, however, love reading and learning in general, so I didn't mind that I wasn't the intended audience for this book. I also have a friend who moved to LA a couple years ago and has been grinding her way around the business. I thought that reading this might offer some sort of insight into what she's struggling with and might inform my support of her even in the smallest of ways. In that sense, I think thi...