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“No B.S. Guide to the Acting Biz” book signing with author Matt Newton

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Author Matt Newton, Darien resident and founder of the MN Acting Studio, will be signing copies of his new book “No B.S. Guide to the Acting Biz” at Barrett Bookstore on Thursday, February 13th. This event will be sponsored by Sipstirs. We will have a reception at 6pm, followed by a talk and Q&A with Matt Newton at 6:30pm.

MORE: “The No B.S. Guide to the Acting Biz” by award-winning actor, filmmaker, bestselling author and acclaimed acting coach Matt Newton is a candid, practical, shoot-from-the-hip how-to guide developed for new actors in the business as well as for seasoned professionals. Matt recently coached on the set of Ava Duvernay’s Emmy winning “When They See Us,” as well as on “Jessica Jones,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Blue Bloods,” and countless others. As a contributor to Backstage, and author of the bestselling book “10 Steps to Breaking into Acting,” Matt has worked with celebrities such as Aziz Ansari, Elaine Hendrix, Gus Kenworthy and Lisa Loeb, as well as Golden Globe and Emmy nominees. Matt runs the acclaimed MN Acting Studio out of New York City and Connecticut and coaches actors all over the world. Below are some topics covered in the book:

How Do Influencers Become Hollywood Stars – How do you take a huge following and turn it into Hollywood stardom?

What Does it Take to Be An Actor in NYC? – The struggle of juggling survival jobs, auditioning, training, and trying to make it in a field with so much rejection.

What it’s like to be a professional kid actor in NyC- How to juggle school, tutoring, and working a TV or Broadway schedule.

Hurry up and Wait! What It’s Really Like On the Set of a TV Show- What are the terms every actor should know, what is a typical day like, how to navigate the logistics of a busy film set. From a working on-set coach for network TV shows.

How to Get an Acting Job on one of the 68 Shows filming in NYC – advice for actors navigating the new market of streaming TV

A Day in the Life of an Actor – What it’s really like to race around the city going on auditions, working on TV shows, and juggling a busy side career. What it’s like on set when you finally land that big job.

Demystifying Acting- advice for brand new actors, and what they need to do to begin a career in TV and film, no matter where they live.

How to Get Over Nerves and Increase Your Confidence – Surefire ways to get over anxiety, whether you are an actor, a businessman, or an entrepreneur.

Self-Tape Tips for Actors- There are tons of TV shows cast from audition tapes these days. This focuses on how to create a simple, professional, affordable audition tape.

How to Figure Out Your Type- You need to know how to sell yourself in a crowded marketplace. All actors have a “type.” This is how you will be cast in the marketplace, and will help agents and managers know how to sell and pitch you.

How to Get an Agent or Manager- All actors need an agent or manager if they want to pursue acting as a profession and make money. Tips on securing representation in a crowded market and have access to the really big TV and film jobs

How to Audition for TV and Film- tips for actors when they walk into the audition room, casting etiquette, and how to nail the audition.

How to Create Your Own Star Vehicle- Detailed steps on writing a short film or web series for yourself, including budget, raising money, writing a role for yourself, hiring a crew, and dealing with film festivals.

Advice for Parents of Professional Kid Actors- Whether your kid is on Broadway, on TV, or film, or is just starting out, these are the essential tips every parent should know.

How to Get Good Footage for your Demo Reel- Tips for actors on what kind of footage they should have on their online casting profile.

For a copy of the book or for press inquiries, please contact Kat at or call 3054905911.

More about Matt Newton
“Matt is New York’s best acting teacher and coach.”-Alyshia Ochse, host, That One Audition
“A must read” – Terry Saperstein, Talent Manager, Nani Saperstein management
“Matt Newton is New York’s smartest and most knowledgeable acting teacher and coach. His coaching and teaching come from a wealth of professional experience. He’s a working actor, on-set coach for a hit television series and knows what those who hire need to see and hear from actors who are auditioning for them. And all of this he does with a keen eye and a kind heart.” -Brian O’Neill, author, “Acting as a Business”

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February 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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mn acting studio


Barrett Bookstore
6 Corbin Drive
Darien, 06820 United States
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