Press Kit for The Aspiring Actor's Handbook

by Molly Cheek and Debbie Zipp

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“The Aspiring Actor’s Handbook tells it like it is... what it takes to live the life of an actor. More than just talent - it takes guts. Be prepared. Know what's ahead in this life you've chosen. Knowledge is power. Read the book. Enjoy the journey. Good luck." - Bryan Cranston, 3 time Emmy winner and star of Breaking Bad


This book can absolutely create more harmony and love for the " show business" you want to be a part of. I wish I had had this advice and discernment when I was starting out, and will certainly share it with my daughter entering the business. - Dee Wallace , Actress played the Mom in the film ET

“It’s good to know there is a resource to show fledgling actors that there are many paths to a successful and fulfilling career.” - Howard Murray, director The Big Bang Theory

“The Aspiring Actors Handbook is full of wisdom, humor and honesty. More importantly, it shows that there is a place of success for actors between the "starving" actor and the "star.” - Donald Petrie: Director, Miss Congeniality, How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, Grumpy Old Men, Mystic Pizza

“I love how Zipp and Cheek often disagree! I love the opinions of the other wonderful actresses. I love how they write about the logical but not always obvious aspects of it being a business, having balance and it being not just a career but a lifestyle. It felt like I was having a conversation with old friends. Two thumbs up!” - Mariko Ballentine, theatrical agent at Minc Talent and thirty year veteran of casting, teaching, and speaking

“Reading The Aspiring Actors Handbook is like spending a wonderful afternoon with a group of caring professionals who bring you into their inner circle of show business and give you a glimpse of the good, the bad, and the many surprising possibilities in between. Like big sisters, Debbie Zipp and Molly Cheek encourage young actors to ask the tough questions, face the stark realities, and still hold onto their dreams with integrity and individuality.”  - Elizabeth Browning, actress, acting coach, and producer of The Face

“A must read not only for any actor starting a professional career but also for the veteran actor. This collection of voices from the community of working actors offers frank advice and inspirational anecdotes. Acting can be a lonely profession, but with this book in hand you’ll never feel alone.”  - Jan Bina, Actress, Acting Teacher, Writer and Playwrite