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, Biography

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.
  • Valerity (Val)
    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...
  • Deb
    I'm between 3 and 4 stars but rounding up because I read it as a Jenna Fischer fan and not an aspiring actor--the audience it is intended for. I adore Jenna Fischer and I knew going in it was mainly a book about career advice for beginning actors. I loved her stories about her start, missteps, The Office, etc. and didn't mind the advice pieces for the most part. I actually listened to the audio book and since it was Jenna narrating, it was as cha...
  • 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...
  • Candice
    This book is up there with Tina Fey's Bossypants. What I appreciate about Jenna Fischer is the way she looks out for those up and comers who don't have "connections" in NY, LA or Chicago. This is a great read for aspiring actors but also for those who love television, film and pop culture. I love reading about the ins and outs of the entertainment industry. Bottom line: Jenna says you can make it with lots of hard work, patience, and determinatio...
  • 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 ☮~Traveling Sister
    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...
  • Carmen Marie
    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...
  • Serena
    This was a really fun, enjoyable read, all about the art and business of acting from Jenna Fischer, star of The Office. It's geared towards actors who are new to the craft, but I think there is a lot in this book to interest those of us who enjoy the work of actors. As always, I also enjoyed the "peek behind the curtain" aspect, including information about the difference between managers and agents, commercial versus theatrical work, the trends i...
  • Stephen Pate
    “Every project you finish has value," Jenna Fisher. This book is incredibly insightful and a truly fun read! I originally bought this book for my wife who is pursuing acting, but figured I'd read it in time as well. It's part memoir of Jenna's journey into acting, and part practical guide on surviving in Hollywood Land. It's witty, honest, and inspiring. I've learned a ton about acting and the world of Hollywood from my wife's journey over the ...
  • Carol Taylor
    This was not what I expected but I still liked it, mostly because I really like Jenna. The book is exactly what the title says - A Survival Guide to Being an Actor. Jenna goes through her history of landing the part on The Office which was eight years of very hard work. Jenna was determined and that's what got her through. Jenna gives the details an aspiring actor needs to know about headshots, auditions, taking classes, getting a manager, gettin...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Michael Mazur
    I liked Jenna on The Office and follow her on insta so I figured that, despite having no fascination in being an actor, I could find something interesting in this book.Good thing I did. She claims the book is really only for people who intend to begin an acting career, but it think it has a lot of life lessons for anyone who wants to start a career. She has some straight up advice on presenting yourself and realizing the world around you. While i...
  • 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 ...
  • Amanda
    I really, really liked this. I picked it up because Jenna Fischer is a fellow Truman State alum and I’m rewatching The Office, but it was more than I expected. It’s one part memoir, one part advice, one part “how the sausage is made” of the tv industry. I would recommend this to anyone who was interested in being an actor, but also anyone who, like me, is interested in how other people live. It is well-written and also gave me a lot of ne...
  • Joelle Gibson
    I'm not planning to become an actor any time soon, but if I was this book would have been immensely helpful! I'm just a huge fan of The Office so sort of biased in anything any of those actors produce. I love it all. This book was not only full of interesting information about the industry but entertaining and sweet.
  • 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.
  • Micalla Weinstock
    I didn't know very much about this book before I started it (I avoid reading reviews and descriptions so I go in open-minded), so I didn't realize this is geared toward aspiring actors. I definitely do not fall into that category—ha! I was expecting the story of how Jenna Fischer got started—how she got started, where she is today, and everything in between. However, I still was able to get that. Even though I'm not an aspiring thespian, I fo...
  • Taylor Waters
    I wasn't the target audience for this book, but it was still super interesting! Acting is something that I have always been curious/interested in and this book was filled with great information and details on how people work towards making a career out of acting!
  • Emily
    I love The Office, and this book served as a memoir of Jenna Fischer’s experience as well as a “how to” guide for acting. Obviously, I’m not an actor and have no interest in being one, but I still found this book really interesting in terms of getting an inside look at how to make it in Hollywood.
  • Anna Schubert
    I'm not an actor, so obviously I'm not the target audience for this book. That said, this was a really solid offering in the famous-people-write-about-stuff genre. Hearing about Jenna's experiences from a working-actor perspective was interesting enough to keep me reading!
  • Ginger
    I'm not an aspiring actor but I’m glad I read this book anyway. It was interesting and I was able to apply some of her ideas, tips and encouragements to other areas of my life. In general I loved hearing people’s stories and the behind the scenes tidbits.