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Braving the Challenges of Re-Envisioning
the Classic Musical for a New Audience
Diversity in the Traditional Musical
The Musical Theatre Educator's Alliance
Julio Agustin Matos Jr.
Member: AEA, SAG- AFTRA, SDC and VASTA
Julio Agustin has performed on Broadway in the original companies of Fosse, Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance, Bells Are Ringing (revival), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and was featured opposite Bebe Neuwirth in Chicago, the musical. He recently released his book, The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Award recognitions include an Audelco nomination for Best Director (La Dulce Caridad, a Latina adaptation of Sweet Charity @ New Haarlem Arts Theatre, NYC), Best Choreographer nomination by the Syracuse Area Live Theatre (In the Heights @ Hangar Theatre), and the Shelfer Eminent Scholar Chair from the Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Pennsylvania State University, serves on the faculty of the Broadway Theatre Connection, and is a Certified Practitioner with the One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies. Julio runs The Transition Workshop, a monthly audition studio in New York City.
The Professional Actor's Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call
by Julio Agustin and Kathleen Potts
Pursuing an acting career is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to shrug off rejection. It also requires an ability to navigate the pitfalls of an often precarious profession. While there are many books that attempt to teach people how to act, there are few books that show individuals what it takes to succeed as a working professional.
The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call provides individuals with strategies that will help them successfully negotiate every stage of their careers. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals looking to transition their careers to the next level, this book is a much needed guide. Among the many topics covered in this book, the authors demonstrate how to:
Create a Captivating Resume
Take a “Perfect” Headshot
Compile a Complete Rep Book
Conquer Audition Nerves
Establish an Online Presence
Finance a Developing Career
Other strategies address how to network, how to survive while building a performing arts career, and even how to organize your home office. Featuring sample resumes and business cards, insights from industry experts—including agents and casting directors—and a list of resources, this book offers invaluable guidance—including advice on how to negotiate a contract. Along with audition manuals and repertoire binders, The Professional Actor’s Handbook is a vital reference that belongs on every aspiring performer’s bookshelf.
What are people saying about "The Professional Actor's Handbook?
“Julio Agustin is professional and dedicated to his beliefs. I love his desire and need to assist gifted artists to not let fear and rejection stop them from fulfilling their dreams and capabilities. His book does just that. I’m proud of him.” – Chita Rivera (legend of stage and film)
"Read. This. Book. Julio shares his insightful knowledge, that he's acquired personally and professionally, so that everyone can have a better shot at being at their best in any situation. He has a generous heart and that comes through as a person, as an artist, a teacher, and now as an author. These are lessons not only for theater, but for everyday life." – Chris Gattelli (Tony-Award winning Broadway choreographer)
"This is the business handbook for every young actor. It is a must read to transition from artistic academia to the real word of acting." – Elsie Stark, New York casting director, Stark Naked Productions
“If you can even imagine yourself in any other industry, do that. Otherwise, be creative, be smart and get this book! Julio Agustin maps out the practical side of the very impractical business of Show Business.” -- Cady Huffman (Tony-Award winning actress of stage and television)
"I have had the pleasure of representing Julio Agustin. We've kept in touch, and he's a very talented professor/teacher, performer. His book contains some very valuable, incisive, up to date information that is quite useful for performers. I recommend his book highly."' – Barry Kolker, Talent Agent/Owner, The Carson Kolker Organization Ltd.
“There is nothing more useful than Julio Agustin's gentle, but concrete, nuts and bolts advice on how to navigate an acting career - learned from a long career of learning by doing. At the core is his compassion for each creative soul along with a highly developed mentoring gene.” – Patch Schwadron, Career Consultant, specializing in working with performing artists
"Julio is a master at guiding one in their transition from student to professional. His knowledge is invaluable. He genuinely cares about one's success and I owe him the world! I dedicate my first national tour to him!" — Nathaly Lopez, “Soul Singer” in Cirque du Soleil’s international tour of Kooza
"As a Broadway veteran, teacher and mentor, Julio's extensive knowledge of the industry and his personalized coachings are invaluable," Leslie Flesner, Broadway in Hello, Dolly revival
"Julio, aside from being an acclaimed performer, is the consummate professional and career coach. He not only inspires young and veteran performers to achieve their goals, but he does so with an approach that forces them to access their career from a different and more positive perspective," Heather Parcells, original "Judy Turner" in Broadway revival of A Chorus Line
"Genuinely dedicated to the art of professional acting, Julio brings out the gem every step of the way," Hjordy's Matos, "Angelita" in the hit off-Broadway play, Platanos and Collard Greens
“Julio taught his transitions workshop to 40 of my students at a studio in New York City. The students were a combination of acting majors, musical theatre majors, and dance majors, and they all raved about how much information they got from the class. Pages upon pages of notes were taken, and many of my students have already experienced successful professional auditions, having implemented much of Julio's advice for actors. I would recommend this workshop for any group of performers, from college to professional." – Jonathan Flom, author, Act Like It’s Your Business and Get the Callback!
"Usually I'm ready to get out of workshops, but this one the time flew and I wanted to stay for more!" – Mark Akens, actor/singer/vocal coach
"I am so thankful for the time you offered to us and so thankful for who you are in this industry! You bring such warmth and passion to your teaching and your energy is so refreshing." – Sarah Claire Smith, "Ulla" in The Producers, Charleston Stage
“I can never thank Julio enough for what he has done for me. I would not be where I am today if it hadn't been for his extensive knowledge in the industry and exceptional guidance. His caring yet realistic nature will inspire you. Thank you for changing my life!” – Karina Ortiz, “Margarita” in Orange in the New Black
"Julio's sound, practical advice based on his years as a successful professional helps the aspiring professional develop a pro-active approach to their career. He teaches that with preparation, determination, and a realistic attitude, the student's professional goals are easily within their reach." – Lauren Gemelli, national tour, Chicago the musical
“His individualized coachings bridge the gap between the knowledge and training she acquired in her formal education, and applying those skills towards working in the business… and makes 'breaking into the business' not a daunting idea, rather just another step on your personal career path.” – Jessica Michelle Martin, Actress/Singer/Songwriter
“Holy cow! The Transition Workshop was amazing… I’ll have some pictures to post later but I gotta say thank you to Julio Agustin for his knowledge, his kindness and sharing VERY VITAL information to get us WORKING as an actor. The workshop inspired students that left on Wednesday night to get their butts to work on their acting careers. One thing I can say is that Acting is definitely a SCIENCE!” – Blanca Vasquez, HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors)